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Nadal will become a father for the first time after confirming that he and his wife Maria Francisca Perello were expecting their first child. “If all goes well, I’m going to be a father,” he confirmed in a press conference at the Mallorca Country Club last week.

The news had also caused some retirement speculation as some fans feared the 36-year-old would be more inclined to hang his racket up following a new arrival, but the 22-time Major champion’s coach has now claimed that, if anything, the birth of his first child would likely make Nadal go the other way.

Former world No 1 and 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya admitted that things were different on tour nowadays, with the likes of Nadal’s rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sometimes travelling with their children. “In my time hardly anyone travelled with their children, it is also true that people retired at 30-32 years old to start a family,” he told Eurosport.

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