Re: The cheering Rafa to Oz Open glory thread - Part Deux (Never Forget)
A part from the article published today in Sunday Herald Sun:
Nadal has worked tirelessly on improving his serve and being more aggressive.
Toni Nadal has ordered his nephew to study videos as the coach attempts to have the pupil inside or on the baseline rather than metres behind it.
Education is the key, even for a man who has climbed the sport's highest mountain.
"You have to learn with the victories and the losses," he said.
"Better with the victories than to lose.
"The goal is try to play hard and arrive generally in perfect conditions.
"Sure, I'm still working a little bit more with the serve. I have little bit more control of all the shots.
"(I want to) have the feeling that when you are playing a point you're not going to have a mistake. That's the first thing, you know.
"That's, I think, gonna be very difficult.
"But the other thing is play more aggressive.
"For example, I have to be more aggressive on the first shot.
"You know, after the serve, when I touch the first forehand, I have to attack more than what I did in this last months.
"Sure, when you are with less confidence, is more difficult to do it.
"But the confidence gonna come back. And when the confidence come back, I have to be ready.
"That's it. After the serve, play more aggressive with the forehand and recover my forehand winner and my intensity and my rhythm on the forehand.
"For the rest, when I am playing well with the forehand, the backhand gonna improve a lot."
The rest of the pack has thus been warned.
Nadal's early season form, on evidence over the past eight days in the Middle East, indicates the deposed king is poised to return in triumph.
"I think the sport is not mathematics," he said.
"Sometimes (everything) change with one victory.
"I just want to be ready."
Nadal will arrive in Melbourne in the next day or so.
The battery has been recharged. The mind is back on the job and, so far, the 23-year-old's body is holding up.
All of that equates to one thing for his competitors: danger.
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