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Moyá, before Nadal’s final in New York: “There is room to play better”

Moyá, before Nadal’s final in New York: “There is room to play better”
Carlos Moyá, Rafael Nadal’s coach, assured this Saturday after a preparation session that the Spaniard, who will face his fifth final of the United States Open on Sunday, can play better than he is doing, while pointing out that in the tournament he has lacked “regularity.”

“Being very demanding and seeing how his day to day is, we understand that there is still room to play better,” said Moyá, who pointed to the lack of consistency in Nadal’s games, given that in the semifinals on Friday the Mallorcan he came very close to losing the first set to Italian Matteo Berrettini.

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“He has had ups and downs during the game, but he has solved them,” said the former tennis player, who noted that “you cannot expect to reach a Grand Slam final by sweeping every game.”

Moyá also spoke that those who know Nadal know that “he can still play better”: “We are talking about one of the greats in history, the demand has to be maximum.”

The man from Manacor will face Russian Daniil Medvedev, world number five, who has had a good summer after having entered the finals in Washington and the ATP Masters 1000 in Canada, and after having won the Cincinnati trophy.

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For this confrontation, Moyá highlighted the “mental strength” of Nadal’s opponent, who said “he has shown everything against this week that he is a champion.”

“Everyone who plays against him says the same thing: that he is a fronton, a wall, he is a winner, he has a hand, he moves well, despite how tall he is,” he said about Medvedev, 23, who yesterday made his first Grand Slam final.

The Spaniard’s coach said that “Rafa has the weapons to hurt” his rival, “but Medvedev also has his weapons.”

“Whoever rules his game is the one who will win,” said Moyá, who described the Russian’s behavior in this tournament as “peculiar”, in which he has faced the Flushing Meadows crowd on several occasions and has been fined. with $ 9,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. EFE

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