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.