There is marked improvement in the way Rafael Nadal is approaching the game this season. He has been more pro active in his Tennis, taking the initiative during rallies rather than clinging on and hoping for the opponent to make an error. He has stepped in more often and has been ruthless with his forehand.
With an almost perfect record on clay this season(his only loss has come against Dominic Thiem), a 10th Roland Garros title seems imminent. Carlos Moya, in a recent interview with Telegraph attributed this remarkable turnaround to Nadal’s changed racquet, his improved forehand and new nutrition intake.
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He feels that the forehand is Nadal’s most improved shot, something that has made a huge difference in his game this year.
“Maybe it is not jumping that high, the ball. But we are trying to work on getting more speed through the court,’ Moya said.
“Balls are different now, probably a bit heavier, so we have to adapt and try to do some damage in other ways.
The backhand is much better than it used to be. And I told him in the beginning that we had to work a lot on the serve.” he added.
Speaking about his racquet changes, Moya said- “Rafa has put more lead tape in the head of the racket”
“It was a great idea, which came from Toni before I got there. It brings him more power. Nutrition is having a big impact on him. The more muscle you have, the more protection you give to the joints.”