Rafael Nadal wants ‘somewhat extra mobility’ if he’s to increase his unimaginable French Open document this yr, says coach Francisco Roig.
Nadal will probably be going for a 14th Roland Garros crown subsequent month, and if he will get it he’ll take the outright lead within the Grand Slam race from Roger Federer.
He’ll naturally enter the match as a robust favorite, however Roig believes he nonetheless has enhancements to make regardless of profitable two clay titles already this season.
“Looking forward to Roland Garros, I believe somewhat extra mobility is necessary,” Roig informed the official ATP web site.
“On the degree of cardio capability, he has been excellent, holding out in video games, however I believe we now have room for enchancment when shifting.
“It may nonetheless be a extra dynamic level, each ahead and in lateral mobility.
“And the serve should even be labored on, though it has gotten higher and higher. The truth is, towards Djokovic (in Rome) he was already fairly good.”
Roig additionally commented on who he sees as Nadal’s most important rivals for the French Open title this yr, and says nobody is writing off Dominic Thiem regardless of his current struggles.
“Novak Djokovic continues to be the rival, maybe, who could cause extra issues, together with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem,” Roig defined.
“In fact, if Dominic Thiem regains the rhythm and confidence that he normally reveals on clay, I’d say that I don’t see variations between him and Djokovic.
“Since he received the US Open he has dropped a bit, however I’m positive that for Roland Garros he will probably be on the essential degree and will probably be a really powerful opponent.
“He’s a really full participant, who calls for loads in every hit, for those who depart the ball somewhat brief, the purpose is over. On a bodily degree he’s very demanding.”