That's according to Nadal's coach Carlos Moya, who is confident that Nadal will be pumped up come game time against Federer.Federer and Nadal reign
That’s according to Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya, who is confident that Nadal will be pumped up come game time against Federer.
Federer and Nadal reignite their famous rivalry later today on Centre Court in one of the most hotly anticipated Wimbledon matches in over a decade.
Their last Wimbledon contest saw them battle it out for nearly five hours in the 2008 final, with Nadal coming out on top and ending Federer’s run of five consecutive wins at the tournament.
Since then, the legendary duo have gone on to win 21 Grand Slam titles between them.
And their dominance at the top of the sport – alongside Novak Djokovic – has shown no signs of slowing down.
Nadal sits just two behind Federer’s Grand Slam haul of 20, with Djokovic also in close proximity.
But former world No 1 Moya insists that won’t play on Nadal’s mind against Federer today.
And he went on to explain how Nadal will be laser-focused once he gets on the court with Federer.
“You have to forget about that, even if it isn’t simple to look past,” he told the ATP Tour website.
“It’s always on people’s minds when Rafa and Roger meet, but I hope they know Rafa sees Roger as a lifelong rival, a special opponent.
“Their rivalry goes back a long way, many years and a lot of history now.
“It is probably the most important rivalry in the history of tennis.
“All that doesn’t matter to Rafa when they meet.
“He’s just looking for ways to inflict damage on Federer.”