Rafael Nadal’s father and coach Carlos Moya has said that the Spaniard has three to five years left on the ATP Tour, according to reports.
The Spain international has seen a gradual comeback to the elite of the sport since Moya joined his team.
Nadal reached the last eight in Brisbane – losing to Milos Raonic in three sets. Nadal surprisingly reached the final of the Australian Open in January before losing to rival Roger Federer. This week he reached the final in Acapulco. He achieved all this with the help of Moya.
In an interview about what next to expect from the multiple time Grand Slam winner, Moya said:
“It will be almost impossible to equal the results he had in the past, but on the other side I am next to a player who won many Grand Slam titles and who was World No 1. It makes your job easier. A good coach always needs a good player to do well, and from this point of view with Rafa, it’s easier.”
Moya added that Nadal has started the year on a good note and is working on being at his best levels again. He added; “Rafa [was] doing well physically” and is willing and excited.
When Moya was asked about the differences in working with Milos Raonic and Nadal, he said:
“Raonic is in full swing and is trying to find his game. The other one is a player who won everything and that has 3-4-5 years left and who did a little bid bad in the last two years. Expectations are different, nor more nor less, but are different,” he revealed.
Nadal has struggled with injuries aside aging in recent years, and he might truly call it quits sooner than later. He is likely hoping to end his career on a high – say a few more Grand Slams before taking a bow.