Rafa Nadal French Open 2006

Rafa Nadal most memorable matches chosen by Toni Nadal & Carlos Moya: 2006 French Open final

Former and current coaches to Rafa Nadal, Toni Nadal and Carlos Moya, have revealed the matches they will always remember as his most epic performances.


Rafa Nadal vs Roger Federer – 2006 Roland-Garros final

How did you feel going into the final against Roger Federer?

Toni Nadal: “In Rome, Federer played a little different against us and in Rome it was easier for Roger Federer because the court is smaller, and the ball bounces a bit more. Then the ball goes a little faster and that’s difficult.

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“I remember that Federer had 2 match points. One not too difficult, but he made an error with the forehand. But always, when we play against Federer, we know – at least, that’s what I said to Rafael – we have a way to beat Federer: play 2,3,4 times with a high ball over his backhand and then you can go forward and take the lead.

“I knew that the final would be very difficult, but I thought Rafael was a little better than Roger. Even more in Roland Garros.”

For highlights of the match watch the video below:



Toni Nadal and Carlos Moya were speaking to Eurosport as part of its Players’ Cut series which this week features Rafa Nadal. Players’ Cut airs from 6pm each evening this week on Eurosport 1.

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