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Former number one Moyá to join Nadal's coaching team

The 1998 French Open champion is to work alongside Toni Nadal after his success with Milos Raonic last season. Nadal-Wawrinka live

Former number one Moyá to join Nadal's coaching team
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French Open winner and former world number one Carlos Moyá is to join Rafa Nadal's coaching team alongside the player’s uncle, Toni Nadal, ahead of the 2017 season.

Moyá recently ended his coaching ties with Milos Raonic despite helping the Canadian rise to a career-high world number three by the end of the season.

"I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moyá will join my team immediately and working together with Toni and Francis Roig," said Nadal in a statement on Saturday. "To have someone like Carlos, who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career, is something special."

Moyá will also coach at Nadal's recently inaugurated tennis academy in Mallorca.

"Rafa is a special player"

"I am sure that together with Toni, Francis and the rest of the team we have a great common project," said Moyá.

"Rafa is a special player and above all a great person and friend in who I have a lot of trust and confidence that will be able to continue winning important titles."

Nadal has 14 major titles to his name but hasn't won a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open after suffering another injury-hit campaign last season, which saw him slip to ninth in the rankings.

The Spaniard will begin his new season at a six-man event in Abu Dhabi from December 29 to 31.