“I think I improved on everything since last Roland-Garros,” Badosa said on Sunday after her 6-2, 7-6(3) first-round victory over American Lauren Davis. “I'm feeling good on and off court, so I think that's very important as well.”
Marti's motivation pays off
Badosa believes her chemisty with Marti, who is just six years older, is helping in multiple ways. It is his role as a motivator, however, which really stands out.
"He always says to me, 'You never know how you're gonna play, so you never know if you're gonna play better one day or another'," Badosa said. "He only says, 'Give your 100 per cent, that's the most important'. That's what I'm doing every day and I think that's why I'm improving like that."
That maximum effort has yielded a mind-blowing win rate in 2021. Badosa has been on fire this spring, going 14-2 on the clay with a victory over world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and three wins in four contests against top-20 players.