“Never Told Me Such a Thing”: Coach Dismisses Rumors About Rafael Nadal Before French Open 2020 finals

Published 01/02/2021, 9:50 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Who can forget the epic glory that Rafael Nadal achieved at the French Open 2020? It was his 20th Grand Slam title and therefore was a special moment for the Spaniard. However, there was a recent discussion surrounding Rafa’s mindset before the final of the Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic.

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The roof was closed for the final given the weather. Some experts were claiming that Nadal might thus face difficulties in the match. There was a rumor that when his coaches, Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig, told him about the fact, he reacted instinctively by saying he didn’t care. And even though it was an indoors final, he believed he could win the match.

However, in a recent interview, coach Moya revealed that such a conversation never took place. He disclosed what actually took place before the final match.

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“Rafa had never told me such a thing before a match! He knew he wouldn’t fail,” said Carlos Moya.

There was definitely a mutual understanding between Nadal and his coach. Moya emphasized that the Spaniard would not need to tell him anything like that.

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“A humble person”- Coach Moya on Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the men’s singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Moya further said that there was not even a bit of arrogance in the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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“Nadal is such a humble person. It wasn’t arrogance, it was a feeling of confidence, of security,” added the coach.

It became quite clear that according to Moya, Nadal was not at all afraid of facing Djokovic in a closed roof match. He moreover made it public that all these discussions going on were baseless and Rafa never discussed anything of the nature.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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