Carlos Moya explains the two reasons why Nadal and Federer have been so good in 2017

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In the last few days, the world has been caught up in the brilliant bromance between tennis stars Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

The two legends worked as a pairing during the inaugural Laver Cup and emerged victorious, summing up their fantastic 2017.

They have shared all four Grand Slams in the year, with Federer winning Wimbledon for the record eighth time.

Nadal is ranked number one in the world at the moment due to the fact that both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are absent on the circuit through serious injuries.

Nevertheless, nothing can be taken away from the iconic Spaniard who appears to have rediscovered the touch that made him one of the finest in the game a few years back.

The rivalry between Nadal and Federer is legendary in itself and as a duo, they were absolutely sensational.

So, how are they still so good? Well, their Laver Cup coach Carlos Moya has pinpointed two reasons why they are flourishing in 2017.


"Resting after his injuries helped them," he told Spanish outlet TTesporte, per Metro.

Laver Cup - Day Three

"At this stage of the race it can give you more mental strength and the body thanks you.

"To this must be added that Murray and Djokovic have failed to match and have been injured."

There you have it, the two old timers have looked after themselves when they've picked up big injuries in the past and now, they are reaping the benefits.

Laver Cup - Day Three

The two will now resume their battle to be world number one and Federer was a little surprised that Nadal current holds that title.

He said, per Metro: "Am I surprised that he’s world No. 1 right now? Maybe a little bit, just because last year we were at the academy both injured, not knowing where our careers were going to go.

"I’m not surprised he came back and won the French Open and he wins Grand Slams again and that he was in contention for world No.1.

Laver Cup - Day Three

"But then being world No. 1 is a whole different story.

"For that you also have to see how Murray was going to play, and Djokovic was going to have a word to say, obviously.

"We didn’t know they were going to get hurt and not have their best season."

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