Carlos Moya reveals what happened to Rafael Nadal after the US Open final

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Less than five hours after a gruelling 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 win against Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, Rafael Nadal was so physically exhausted that he even was cramping up in the locker room. Speaking to Spanish radio station SER, his coach Carlos Moya said:

In the toughest moments you try to cheer him up, you make him see that the opponent is also tired even if you make it up (laughs).

You try to hold his head, it was an incredible mental battle, it reminded me of a boxing match.

After the game, they gave him cramps in the locker room, he couldn’t even wear jeans, I had to help him. He was dead.

Moya thinks that our champ still has his best years ahead of him:

I believe that Rafa Nadal has not reached the ceiling, there have been timely tournaments and matches in which he has played at his highest level.

But there is still room for improvement and to be more regular. We will continue working on it, so no one doubts.


  1. Rafa me alegro d q estés bien.. Tienes un físico increible gracias a ti q tienes genética d deportista eres fuerte y afemás tienes un gran equipo q te cuida y mima.. Pero d todas formas cuidate q las cosas con el tiempo pasa factura.. Solo decirte que siempre estarenos contigo mientras que estés en pista y después.. Nos dejarás histori para siempre recordarte.. Y que tengais un dia feliz en tu dia de boda y no solo ese dia si no siempre.. TE QUEREMOS!!!

  2. Rafa was so exhausted he couldn’t even get into his jeans..that cant be good for Rafa never mind other players..but then again no other player gives to their game likes our Champion.

    • I think you misread the article ….. he couldn’t wear his jeans because of the cramps, not because of exhaustion. Let’s not contribute to fake news because of lack of comprehension.

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