Nadal upstages mentor Moya
Bill Scott | Montreal, Canada10 August 2005 12:37
Rafael Nadal didn't let a jammed finger deter him from an opening-round hard-court victory, overcoming long-time mentor Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-7 (0-7) 6-3 on Tuesday at the $2,2-million Montreal Masters.
The 19-year-old from the Spanish island of Mallorca needed treatment in the fifth game of the final set on a finger on his left hitting hand.
But that problem was quickly solved as the top seed secured the win over the 28-year-old compatriot, who spotted him as a top tennis tip in the late 1990s.
Nadal came in strong in his first cement outing since taking Roger Federer to the limit four months ago in the final at Miami.
The reigning French Open champion has won his last 34 matches on clay with a yield of eight trophies in 2005.
He now stands 11-4 on hard courts, with a month on the surface filling his schedule through the United States Open.
Nadal said that his long friendship with Moya, the 1998 French Open winner, didn't affect the match.
"We practise always together in Mallorca," said the winner. "We have a very good relationship. He's my best friend in the tour."
Moya came into the battle of current and former Roland Garros winners standing level 1-1 with his teenaged compatriot. The 28-year-old won their last meeting in the semis two years ago at Umag.
Nadal said he is keen to translate his game successfully to the North American surface, and he won't rest on his laurels as a teenaged grand-slam winner.
"I feel the same pressure like the other players," said the world number two. "I want to win matches. It's normal pressure. I want to win every match, every time when I go to the court. I want to win the match. After Roland Garros, every other pressure is normal."
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