Coach Rick Macci says Rafael Nadal’s record on clay is absolutely astounding and adds that the way the Spaniard handles pressure is “almost bulletproof”. The 36-year-old Nadal clinched a record 14th French Open title after beating Casper Ruud in the final. Now Nadal is a 22-time Grand Slam champion, a record. Nadal has battled various injuries in the past 12 months, but has still managed to win two Grand Slams this year and reach the Wimbledon semi-final before an abdominal injury forced him to withdraw. Macci, who was Serena and Venus Williams’ childhood coach, was asked by Tennis-Infinity how long he watches the Spaniard playing, as he is constantly battling foot pain caused by Mueller-Weiss syndrome. “No one knows what’s in his head and no one knows what his health is like. To win so many matches and barely lose on that court, it’s crazy. If you think about his record, it’s crazy in any sport, and even more so in tennis. He may have lost a quarter step, but he hasn’t lost that fighting spirit and the way he handles pressure is almost bulletproof,” Macci told Tennis-Infinity. “If he’s healthy, he’ll play as long as want, but if you talk about a role model. The young guys should watch how he responds to him, like Federer, after losing a point. The guy is like a machine. He doesn’t become that yesterday or a week ago. He’s been doing it since he was a kid.” After withdrawing from his Wimbledon semifinal, Nadal returned to Spain. This Monday, Nadal returned to the training court, as he is preparing for the Montreal Masters, which begins on August 7.
Moya opens up on Nadal
During his interview with Eurosport Spain, Rafael Nadal’s coach, Carlos Moya, swept aside all the subjects, in particular the exceptional 14th coronation at Roland-Garros, the possible calendar Grand Slam and also the Majorcan’s next paternity. The Spanish coach will reassure many people with this statement. “In my time, hardly anyone traveled with their children, it is also true that people retired at the age of 30-32 to start a family. Now many people travel with their children. I don’t think this question will be the one that will make him retire, on the contrary, it will be an additional motivation. He is very family friendly, he loves children, I’m sure at first he will miss him a lot when he has to go on a trip.”