Rafael Nadal joked he is the better coach compared to Roger Federer after the two players provided their expertise to each other in the Laver Cup.
Down a set to Nick Kyrgios, Federer received help from Nadal to get back into the match.
“After five shots [in the rally], you are winning more [points] than him,” Nadal said. “Like 8-5 for you -- I checked the numbers so the percentages are much better for you. I know it’s difficult because he reads the ball so well. Wait for the right one and then attack because he’s not missing.”
And the support clearly helped as Federer fought back and won 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-7. Later Federer revealed his delight. He said: “He saved me today. I think that is the true reason why he is the champion he is today, because he’s not scared of changing a winning tactic, and he’s also a big believer in investing.
“What I really enjoy with Rafa, our ideas often align. When it comes to rally points, he is excellent. He knows how much is enough and how much is too much. And he’s a great problem, solution finder.”
In the evening Nadal took to the court against Milos Raonic and Federer encouraged his great rival to come forward more often.
He said: “When you see a chance to come to the net against him, always challenge him to do a passing shot. You’re so good at the net. Spin, slice, more like this. Like in the old days!”
And Nadal was impeccable at the net as he beat Raonic 6-3, 7-6. After the match, Nadal was asked who was the better coach between him and Federer and he joked: “Oh yeah, [I’m] much better. No, I think it is a great thing that everybody helps each other. And it is a great team spirit.”