‘Rafael Nadal has such a great mentality, he doesn’t need the crowd,’ says Andy Murray

Andy Murray believes Rafael Nadal is mentally strong enough to not require a crowd and his Roland Garros performance proved it. 

Tennis stars have had to get used to playing behind closed doors this year due to the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus crisis.

But, while many players have reported they have felt they’ve lost something in their game without the energy of a crowd around them, Murray thinks Nadal has simply ploughed on regardless.

“For someone like Rafael Nadal, I don’t think that crowd affects him that much,” Murray said.

“Because I think he has got such a great mentality, his energy, and his stuff on the court is always really really good. He has got a great attitude.

“As we saw in this year at the French Open this year, there was no crowd but he still dominated.”

Murray does make one exception though, saying Nadal can sometimes benefit if a vocal crowd in his favour gets into the head of an opponent.

“If the crowd is behind him, it can sometimes have an effect on the opponent.

“In big moments. a break-point, it’ll be different when you step up on the line and all the crowd would be making a big noise, getting behind Rafa.”

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