The 14-time grand slam champion has said that the problem is within himself and not with the team.
”I have (had) an amazing career with the team that I have today, the same team from the beginning,” the younger Nadal said Tuesday. ”So my feeling is if something’s not working well it’s not because of your team – it’s because of myself. The one thing I have to change is myself.”
That means playing more aggressively. And that can come with greater confidence.
Nadal insists his game is coming around, even if it doesn’t show much in recent results. Then again, considering he was publicly voicing self-doubt before the French Open, this new assuredness is a notable difference.
”One of my best things during the whole of my career has been my mental strength,” he said. ”It is something I was not able to find that consistency during this year, but I start to see that I am again with that mentality, with that self-confidence.”
Nadal has been seeded 8th at the US Open this year and is really working hard in the practice session to get better results after missing out in 2014 due to an injury.
This month, the 29-year-old Nadal failed to make it past the quarterfinals in two hard-court warmups. But he sees the foundation for greater success, not just in the next two weeks but well beyond.
”I feel great physically, and that’s important for me because that’s giving me the confidence in my body that’s always been very important (for) the intensity of my movements,” Nadal said. ”If I’m healthy and I have the chance to keep working the way I’m working now, I believe that I can keep competing well for the next couple of years and keep having chances in the big events.”
For now, Nadal isn’t making any bold pronouncements going into the U.S. Open.
”I will be arrogant if I say I feel ready for the title now after not having a great season,” he said. ”I don’t want to say that. I say I am working hard every day. I know I am playing better and I am feeling better mentally than a few months ago.
”Then I need results. I feel closer than ever during the season to be where I want to be. So let’s be patient. Let’s keep working with that goal and with that intensity, and I hope that helps and works in a not very long period of time.”