“Assassin at the crucial points” – Carlos Moya explains what sets Rafael Nadal apart from other athletes

In the last two decades we have seen Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominate men’s tennis. Often referred to as “The Big Three” in tennis, the trio has been at the center of the GOAT debate. However, Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya has detailed what sets the Spaniard apart from the rest.

The three had contrasting seasons in 2022. While Federer hasn’t played for over a year due to knee injuries, Djokovic has faced controversy over his vaccination status. Meanwhile, Nadal has rushed ahead of the two in terms of Grand Slam titles. Earlier this year he won Australian Open and French Open trophies, bringing his tally to 22 titles.


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Carlos Moya talks about Rafael Nadal’s impeccable quality

In Nadal’s autobiography Rafa: My Story, the 1998 French Open winner spoke openly about Nadal’s special quality. He said, “It’s Rafa’s head that sets him apart from the rest. That goes down not only with his rival on the pitch, but also with the viewers on television. It’s invisible but you feel it. His backhand, his forehand: others have that.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 27, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Netherlands’ Botic Van De Zandschulp REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

He further added, “Of course he’s talented. I don’t think he realizes it himself because he tends to underestimate himself. But mentally he’s out of this world. I know a lot of top athletes, not just in tennis, and nobody has what they have – except maybe Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan.


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Of his winning attitude, Moya said: “He’s an assassin on the crucial points; His focus is absolute and he has something that I never had, a boundless ambition.”

Nadal performed once in Federer’s box

During the 2004 Indian Wells tournament, Nadal and Tommy defeated Robredo Federer and Yves Allegro in the second round of men’s doubles. Then Nadal and springer had a friendly chat in the dressing room. During their interaction, the Swiss Maestro invited Nadal watches his quarterfinal match against Juan Ignacio Chela.


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NadalThe then only 17-year-old gladly accepted Federer’s invitation. He joined Mirka in Federer’s box. The Swiss maestro won the match in straight sets. While Nadal lost in singles in the third round of this tournament, Federer won the title and defeated Tim Henman in the summit match.

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