World No.2 Rafael Nadal is one of the most technically gifted players in tennis. Nadal’s intense training regime is well-documented. The Spaniard not only pushes his limits, but also that of his training partner. Jose Vendrell, who coaches Roberto Bautista Agut, recently shared his experience of seeing Rafa Nadal train and how Bautista Agut has worked hard while training with Nadal.
Vendrell highlighted the high intensity that Nadal brings to his training sessions. He experienced the Nadal training regime first hand when Roberto Bautista Agut trained with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
‘He takes you out of your comfort zone, removes everything from within and demands a lot from you’ – Vendrell
Jose Vendrell recently appeared for an interview where he shared his experience of seeing Rafael Nadal at his training session and how he brings out the best in his opponent. “Rafa raises your level in all aspects. He sets a (high) bar and a supernatural demand with a lot of intensity in training. That helps a lot. They were very good days, of great quality for both of us,” Vendrell said.
He also mentioned as to how Nadal brings out the best in his practice partners. “It takes a lot of intensity, start each point aggressively, even if you hit hard and you know well that you can reach the defensive phase because he counterattacks… he raises the physical, tennis, mental and tactical levels. It is like a centrifuge. He takes you out of your comfort zone, removes everything from within and demands a lot from you,” Vendrell said. The Spanish coach also acknowledged, “(With) Rafael Nadal, the margins of error do not exist, if you make a little mistake he takes advantage of it very well.”
‘It is a place where you can breathe tennis, ideal to prepare’ – Vendrell on Rafa Nadal academy
Jose Vendrell went on to talk about the Rafa Nadal academy and the kind of atmosphere that the facility provides. Vendrell’s ward Bautista Agut trained at the academy to prepare for the ATP Cup
“The experience has been very good, both Rafa’s team and the Academy team have treated us wonderfully. It is a place where you can breathe tennis, ideal to prepare. It is a reference center. (We are) Also, if you are lucky enough to train with Rafael Nadal like we have, delighted. It has been very good for us for Roberto to refine a little that point of quality that is not easy to achieve in such long preseason,” Vendrell said.