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Carlos Moya with his eye on the ball
Moya deep in cocentration
Carlos Moya

A steady player, with flashes of brilliance, dogged by back problems, Carlos Moyà first played tennis when he was six years old. Born in 1976 in Palma de Mallorca, he now lives in SWitzerland. He is a right-handed player although he writes with his left hand. The complete reverse of Rafa Nadal. Off court he and Nadal are close friends.

He is a gritty fighter and is said to like a court where balls bounce well and he can place a lot of spin on the ball. He has an amazingly powerful forehand.

In 2004, at the 2004 Tennis Masters Series Toronto, during an injury timeout against opponent Nicholas Kiefer of Germany, the crowd roared its appreciation when Moyà tried to remain loose by hitting a few balls with ball boy Sandeep Ponniah. To the crowd's surprise, Ponniah shuffled Moyà across the baseline and received an ovation from it for an overhead smash on a Moyà lob. In a generous gesture, he donated the prize money for his win at Chennai in 2005 to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.