- Moya on Nadal: “The best thing is to stop, come back at full strength” | tennismajors.com
n a recent interview with Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE), Carlos Moya — Nadal’s coach — offered an additional explanation for the decision.
“The clay-court swing was very tough, with a lot of physical and mental pressure,” Moya reflected. “Rafa finished exhausted. He is going to take a well-deserved rest. This is a marathon, a long-distance race, in which hard decisions have to be made and he has considered that the best thing is to stop [so that he can] come back at full strength. Rafa two years ago reached a point of great mental fatigue that was very difficult to get out of, and now he was close to that again. He cannot afford (to play) a Grand Slam if he is not at 100 percent.”
“[On Nadal deciding to skip Wimbledon] It did surprise me. It is true that he had a few small problems, but obviously he thought he would play,” the Spaniard said in an interview with Marca.
“A loss at Roland Garros is always painful, especially if you have won 13 times. But it is not Rafael’s first defeat. He has lost more difficult games in finals.
“It is normal that he is a little affected. The only thing missing is that you lose a match like the one in the Paris semi-finals and you are happy.”
- Nadal had a foot injury in Roland-Garros semi-final against Djokovic, reveals Forget | tennismajors.com
Tournament director Guy Forget revealed some surprising news about Rafael Nadal at the end of the French Open on Sunday — telling the press that he had a foot injury during his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.
It was a passing comment in the end-of-tournament press conference, with Forget mentioning that the 13-time Paris champion — who took a medical timeout in the fourth set — had struggled with a sore foot.
“He was a little bit physically affected at the end,” he said. “It was more a little pain in the foot. He had, again, the class not to talk about it at all.”