“I would put my life in his hands” – Carlos Moya highlights Rafael Nadal’s incredible work ethic on the courts

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Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal won the Davis Cup for Spain in 2004

Coach of Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya, highlighted the World No.2’s work ethic and said that he would offer his life in the Spaniard’s hands.

The former World No.1, who joined Nadal’s coaching staff at the end of 2016 couldn’t stop heaping praise on his ward, who once was also his teammate when they won the 2004 Davis Cup for Spain.

Carlos Moya is the coach of Rafael Nadal
Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya, spend time together during a practice session ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters back in 2018. (Getty Images)

Moya also opined that the determination to not stop and keep winning separated the best from the rest of the others.

“The big players win a tournament and after a while, they already think about participating and wanting to win the next one, that’s what separates them from the rest,” Moya said during Subidos A La Red podcast.

According to Moya, working with Nadal made him understand how demanding the 19-time Grand Slam winner’s work routine was.

Carlos Moya
Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) serves as coach Carlos Moya (left) looks on during a practice session ahead of the Australia Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2020. (Getty Images)

“If the court remains empty, Rafa will not stop and will continue his work. Even if he now understands better when he has to stop the session.

“When you work with Rafa, you can see how demanding and demanding he is. It is a pleasure to be with him. If we were to go into battle, I would put my life in his hands.”

Moya, who like Nadal hails from Mallorca, Spain also spoke in length about the latter’s desire to learn new things in order to keep improving.

Moya unsure who will benefit from the coronavirus break

Meanwhile, Moya admitted that he had no clue who among the Big Three might benefit from the interruption caused due to the coronavirus.

Spanish team members (from left to right) Juan Carlos Ferrero,Tommy Robredo, team captain Jordi Arrese, Rafael Nadal, and Carlos Moya pose with the Trophy during the Davis Cup award ceremony in December 2004 at La Cartuja Olympic Stadium in Seville.
Spanish team members (from left to right) Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Robredo, team captain Jordi Arrese, Rafael Nadal, and Carlos Moya pose with the Trophy during the Davis Cup award ceremony in December 2004 at La Cartuja Olympic Stadium in Seville. (Getty Images)

“It’s complicated to say. Novak Djokovic was on a good streak and seemed in great shape. For Nadal, the clay-court season was about to start. And we know he loves her. And Federer, he finally chose the right time for his knee operation.”

The coach-player duo has together won five Grand Slams, since joining hands. Coming from the same place, Moya had known Nadal since he was an 11-year-old kid.

Nadal is just one Grand Slam off Roger Federer’s record of 20. And it will be interesting to see if he can match that once the season resumes.

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