In an interview as quoted by ATP, Rafael” nadal> coach Francis Roig commented on Spanish player’s triumph in Montreal. Roig said: “We are very happy because it’s the first time he retains a hard-court title, and that’s very important.
I think Rafa plays much better on hard and results show it. He goes far in almost all tournaments, he reaches semifinals, finals or just wins. In the past many times we lost in the quarter-finals or before, and now that’s changed.
Montreal gives him a lot of confidence ahead of the US Open.” On Nadal’s final win over Daniil Medvedev, Roig added: “Analyzing it, Rafa played a great match against a player who had done a very good tournament, with some brutal statistics.
He had lost seven points on first serve throughout the tournament… Rafa was convinced, knowing what he had to do. He knew opponent’s potential and the way he could hurt him, but he controlled the match very well. It was very complete.
He used his weapons very well, especially the slice backhand, in order to get a very important win.” In an interview Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni spoke about his training method. “When i coached Rafael, I did not only try to make him do well but the priority was to try that Rafael would be better than other players.
Then when I coached, I was focused on a goal, but when I have a speech it’s different. When I speak of how I applied my way to see life to the world of tennis I do not want to be arrogant. I only say true things. Sometimes I was hard with Rafael.
When I worked with him, I was doing it always thinking about his future. I perceive the toughness as a weapon to achieve goals. When you seek the limit, you do not know where it is.”