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Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

He hasn't lost a set yet but today against Simon he:
– made too many unforced errors
– appeared sloppy and seemed out of sorts
– returned 'short'
– hardly used his backhand as a weapon as he usually does
– kept chipping
– lacked confidence.

Is he tired already? was it Simon? his confidence? I don't get it
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

I didnt watch the match with Simon. But damn, you have have high expectations man, He won in straight sets what else is he supposed to do to make it look better.
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he lacked confidence? The only possibility was that he was a bit weary of the hard courts, but still that didn't show with some excellent shots he made. He didn't have many problems, considering that of simon's, so there's not much to moan about IMO. A win is a win and 1 against a player ranked #7 in the world is no mean feat. Federer had his off day against Berdych and this was probably Nadal's.

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I've got a feeling that he was under pressure. He's shots were just too regular and realy he didn't go for any big forhands at all. And backhand..80% sliced shots.
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There were reports floating around that he had a sore back, but he didn't seem physically hindered on court. I think he was just unsettled by the conditions for some reason, and as Federer after his 4th round match can attest, sometimes even the best just have a poor day at the office He wasn't going to play as flawlessly as he has for all 7 matches, better the slump came today than in the possible final. Important thing is he got the job done somehow.

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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

Simple, the roof being closed meant the court doesn't get the heat on it, which in turn means Nadal's heavy topspin shots don't get up as high on the opponent as they would with no roof.

In addition the humidity makes the air heavier and that impacts on the effectiveness of Nadal's shots.

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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

he won in straight sets against simon who isn't a good matchup for him. what more do you want?
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It`s ridiculous what posts are made.He won in straight sets and not good enough?Maybe he didn`t play his best but whenever the set got to 5-5 he stepped it up.
Maybe u should make a threat complaining why Federer played so badly and didn`t beat Del Potro 6-0 6-0 6-0 yesterday
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

Maybe because he is a hard court mug and the only reason he can beat players like simon and gonzalez is either because they are tired from a 5 set match like 6 hours before their match starts(This happened like 4 times at wimbledon) or he gets lucky that against him other players simply play bad on cruicial points such as simon today or he gets hawk eye calls like 1mm inside the line when it was obvious it was out and hawk eye made a mistake inside its 5mm margin of error.
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

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Simple, the roof being closed meant the court doesn't get the heat on it, which in turn means Nadal's heavy topspin shots don't get up as high on the opponent as they would with no roof.

In addition the humidity makes the air heavier and that impacts on the effectiveness of Nadal's shots.

Did he win? Yes, end of story.
I was just gonna say he had a bad day at the office, end of story, but I'll go with your better explanation
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I've got a feeling that he was under pressure. He's shots were just too regular and realy he didn't go for any big forhands at all. And backhand..80% sliced shots.
yep – he didn't seem to trust the backhand for a winner. I hope it's not the sore back (according to rumours – posted by someone else here). It could be a combination of a number of factors but he did look delirious with the win
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

I think you'll find Simon was wrong with him today but not wrong enough
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

Simon hit deeper than the likes of the mugs Nadal has had to play - eg ROCHUS.
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Re: Nadal analysis – what was really wrong with him today?

It's just one of those matches you always have in GSs. Federer had it against Berdych, and now Nadal has it. Only his standard is so high and Simon is not good enough, so it was still in straight.

He will be there in the semis, straight sets against Nadal, and then in 4 against Federer to take the title.
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