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Nadal's Strengths and Weaknesses

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comment by bogbot (U9585556)

posted Jun 15, 2008

lol, very good and very true


More strengths - Mental approach - to come back from a hard position, my money would always be on Rafa. Also do you ever see him throw his racket? - thats a massive strength. Apparently uncle toni told him he would stop coaching him if he did that when he was young - says a lot.

emphasis on the fitness- over 5 sets the 4th and 5th set tips to Nadal as he can play at that uper level a tad longer.

Volley and lobs - lobs have always been good, but volley is now second only to federer (imo) really, that december training is paying off.

Weaknesses - possibly his knees, also he could do with new skin for his feet and fingers. Tennis wise, i'm struggling!

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comment by albert (U6379863)

posted Jun 15, 2008

i think this is true.

in today's final, the whole world and its dog knew that djokovic had the better serve, the better forehand, pin point accuracy and Nadal was always the under dog.

the problem is Nadal didnt read the script.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

Yeah unbelievable this week and the slower Wimby surface will suit his game more than Queen's! The commentator annoyed me a couple of times when he said things like "that ball just was too short and not good enough from Djokovic" when Nadal would hit a forehand winner! I mean come on maybe it was but shouldn't you be praising Nadal rather than moaning at Djokovic?

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posted Jun 15, 2008

Biggest strength .. self belief.
Never knowing when to quit.
Plays every point like it is match point (said by Djoko)
Never knows when he is beaten until the last point is played (said by Federer)
Rafa´s games are won/lost in his head.
He does not know how to lose
Does not dwell on any of his mistakes.
Ok his tennis may have certain weaknesses .. though for the life of me I do not see where at the moment.. and above all his sportsmanlike attitude on court is a credit to the game.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

Agree with the strenghts.

Weaknesses: He's still a bit short sometimes, opening spaces for quick players like Djoko to attack, and his serve has improved hugely but sometimes lets him down, speed-wise.

Strangely enough both Rafa and Djoko played a full on clay court game on grass. And it worked . But Queen's hasn't been "slowed down", has it? It's not a rhetorical question, I'm just wondering.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

boisterous

I think Fed himself would have felt mighty proud to have beaten EITHER of them today.. such was the standard of tennis. One of the best matches on grass I have seen for a very long time

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posted Jun 15, 2008

Right now Rafa is untouchable.. Federer still rules grass I think, but Rafa's performance today shows that his grass game is right there with FedKing's. Nadal's claims of being 1-dimensional are long since past.. He's improved his serve, is great at net play, and constructs points as good as anybody.. His guile is just as good as Fed's; he knows how to turn matches to his favor, especially against Fed, which is remarkable.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

I agree, I'm a Nadal fan, but couldn't get enough of Djokovic's returns. smiley

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comment by Turron (U9436598)

posted Jun 15, 2008

It was a dramatic match, but I didn't think that it was a good grass match. They are both improving on grass, but the fact that neither of them looked completely comfortable certainly made it a more thrilling spectacle.

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comment by Turron (U9436598)

posted Jun 15, 2008

Nadal's weaknesses - very few. He has a restricted range of shots but his consistency of execution of what he does is impressive.

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comment by albert (U6379863)

posted Jun 15, 2008

i dont think the game was that superlative frankly. it was a very good game and the two were very well matched, but i wouldnt attach a 5 star rating to today's match.

this match came nowhere near the intensity of nadal v djokovic in hamburg

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comment by nb1405 (U12276986)

posted Jun 16, 2008

Nadals weakness is his right knee,
and backhand shot which needs the right knee. His left shoulder will be playing up soon due to the intensity of its use.
His weakness is the intensity of his play. Formula 1 car engines last only two races.Nadal is a formula 1 tennis player, and only injury will shorten his career.
Our bodies have basic laws on wear and tear, !

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posted Jun 16, 2008

nb1405

I do have to agree with that observation.. although if you saw him working out on court to strengthen his knees it made your mind boggle. But I do fear that Rafa will have a shorter career than most. All the more reason to enjoy and appreciate him whilst he is around

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posted Jun 18, 2008

I would just like to add what a complete and utter gentleman he is, what a great sportsman, and how his gentle, unassuming nature and personality is a credit to himself and the game. I think he is absolutely charming.

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comment by doctor (U11828010)

posted Jun 20, 2008

Though no player will be completely perfect, Rafa has got more superior game compared others so that he can win this year wibledon title. His mental toughness, precision,ability to decrease the unforced errors,court covering,ferocious play when the situation demands are some things which puts him ahead in race.By the above qualities even the best players go mad while playing Rafa.

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comment by PimBo (U1657321)

posted Jun 20, 2008

I agree with most of what was written here (apart from Tom___ on the volley - Nadal does not have a great volley, he just builds his points well so the volley becomes easier!).

Still, it may be strange for my generation, who have seen serve-volley players from Mac, Becker, Edberg, Sampras, to Federer dominate wimbledon, to envisage a baseliner winning!

Of course baseliners HAVE won in the past, but does anyone actually know QUANTITATIVELY what the alleged slowing-down of the courts actually entails? Or is it the balls, the greater sweet spots and lighter rackers making passing easier, or the ball bounce(not the same as speed perhaps) that make the real difference?

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posted Jun 20, 2008

Hope this helps PimBo:
The courts used for Wimbledon are all composed purely of rye grass. The speed of 100% rye grass is much slower than the 80% rye grass mix previously used. The courts are sown with 100% Perennial Ryegrass (since 2001) to improve durability and strengthen the sward so that it can better withstand the increasing wear of the modern game

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comment by PimBo (U1657321)

posted Jun 20, 2008

Hi Phoenix, thanks a lot.

That is very interesting, and I am still interested to also see quantified what "much slower" actually means in speed loss of a typical service or groundstroke. Any ideas?

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posted Jun 22, 2008

If nadal makes it through the first week, the title is his.

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posted Jun 22, 2008

rafa is not a complete player, his serve could deffinatly do with more pace, especially on the grass.
i to am a huge Federer fan and i have a great deal of belief in my idol but i acknowledge this is going to be a massive slam for him and his already gleaming career.
good luck Roger!

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