Nadal can stay on top if he stays fit: Moya

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From left, Toni Nadal, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal

Bengaluru, September 13: Former world No.1 Carlos Moya believes Rafael Nadal can compete at the top for years to come if he stays fit.

In an interview with the ATP Tour website Moya spoke in awe of his Spanish compatriot who recently won his third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam.

"If he can stay as healthy as he is now, without injury, motivated, looking after himself the way he is, we will be talking about Rafa for years to come," said Moya, who joined Nadal's coaching team to work alongside his uncle Toni Nadal in 2016 December.

"When I joined the team I knew that there was much more to come for Rafa, that if he stayed injury free and continued training with the same motivation, desire and confidence, that the tennis would come," added Moya about the current world No.1.

Afrer a brief lull in which he battled repeated injuries and serious loss of form, Nadal's stock has grown further as he won two Grand Slams this year (French Open and US Open) in addition to reclaiming the world No.1 rank after a long time.

Moya, who knows Nadal since his Mallorcan days feels the 31-year-old is destined for bigger things in the years to come.

"He is a player who broke records as a teenager and who is now breaking them as a veteran as well. This is something we haven't see much in the history of tennis.

"He always gives the best of himself. We are talking about one of the greatest players in history and, as such, my faith in him is rock solid."

Story first published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11:59 [IST]
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