'We will see how Rafael Nadal is with...', says top coach

‘We will see how Rafael Nadal is with…’, says top coach

The wait for Rafael Nadal to return to the pitch is almost over, according to Uncle Toni. The former manager of the Manacor tennis player, during an interview in Barcelona, ​​​​said that there is a good chance of seeing the 21-time slam champion on the field already at the home Master 1000 in Madrid, starting on 1 May.

Nadal has been stopped since March 20, the day he interrupted his unbeaten run in 2022 by losing the final in Indian Wells to Taylor Fritz, also thanks to the injury to his side already remedied in the semifinals in the exciting match against Carlos Alcaraz.

Nadal’s goal is to return to the field already at the Master 1000 in the Spanish capital, a tournament in which the Majorcan has five successes, the last one dated 2017. Toni Nadal, current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime, has fueled the hope to see his nephew on the pitch soon.

The former coach of the Spanish champion revealed that the Madrid tournament would serve as a preparation for Rafa Nadal’s real goal, Roland Garros. When asked if Rafa will attend the Spanish master, Toni Nadal replied: “I think so.

Hey [Rafa] told me that he expected to arrive in Madrid. There are still 15 days to see if everything evolves correctly and if he can be really fit. Otherwise it wouldn’t be of much help to the GM, which is his great goal.”

Rafa suffered a stress-induced fracture to his ribs

Speaking to the ATP Tennis Radio podcast, Hubert Hurkacz’s coach Craig Boynton, said Rafael Nadal’s ability to transition from defense to offense, as well as his topspin forehand and movement were the keys to his success on clay.

“You’ve got to be able to transition from defense to offense and and offense to defense is the short answer. When you watch Rafa, he played way behind the baseline, and then he will hit a ball and quickly establish the middle of the court with the forehand to get on the offence.

Don’t watch the ball, watch the court position of each player,” the coach said. “Basically we will see how he is with his health and where he is, but normally, if you look at the prototypical clay courter back him in his day, I mean, if it was there, he would take it.

If it is not there, he would just hit the forehand heavy to get the ball to the strike zone and now his opponent has to move back, let the ball drop so he is giving up space and time and then if he drops it short, Rafa or good clay brokers will then be happy to take that time and space and get their opponent on the defense or push him back and hit the drop shot.”

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