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Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

Obviously he'll be tired and to maximise his chances against Roger he'll need to:

– stand closer to the baseline when receiving
– use the backhand for winners more often (it was gone in the last two matches)
– try to finish points quicker

Can he / will he do any of the above or anything else? Be his Tony for a minute or two...
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– stand closer to the baseline when receiving
– use the backhand for winners more often (it was gone in the last two matches)
– try to finish points quicker
you just described the way he SHOULD NOT play
he has beaten Federer so many times mainly based on the opposite gamestyle you mentioned

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That will be the last victory of Rafa for quite some time.. With his joke mentality and pathetic game, I hope the disgusting player loses every single match next season. He's disgraceful. He should just retire. He's a joke.
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He probably wanted to say how Nadal should try to play if his legs are heavier and can`t afford to run that much.I think he should try to finish the points more quicker and try a few return of service winners.
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He's got to make life hell for Roger as he usually does. Make Federer rush his shots, kill his BH, and get everything possible back into play. It would help if he served well as well.

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He probably wanted to say how Nadal should try to play if his legs are heavier and can`t afford to run that much.I think he should try to finish the points more quicker and try a few return of service winners.
Nadal simply cant do that unless he plays C. Rochus and the like

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Nadal is never tired.

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Forget trying to hit the flat forehand (which apparently he did a couple matches ago) and go back to the high spinning forehand to the backhand every shot. I think Roddick actually had more backhand winners than Federer and he was able to get out of the defensive every once in a while by hitting deep to the backhand. Nadal should be able to have much more success. Serve mostly to the backhand and body with a few to the forehand to keep him honest. Flatten out the backhand otherwise every looping shot he hits will get killed by Federer. Try not to slice too much unless you can get it to the backhand. Be aggressive but within yourself because he can't afford to get into too many long rallies. Probably better to stand a little bit closer to the service line so he can cut off angles off of the serve return. Remember that you have beaten him on hard courts a couple times before and came close again in Miami when you weren't nearly as good and he was very good (not like he isn't now either).

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Nadal is never tired.
Then how come Federer crushed him in Hamburg 2007?
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Forget trying to hit the flat forehand (which apparently he did a couple matches ago) and go back to the high spinning forehand to the backhand every shot. I think Roddick actually had more backhand winners than Federer and he was able to get out of the defensive every once in a while by hitting deep to the backhand. Nadal should be able to have much more success. Serve mostly to the backhand and body with a few to the forehand to keep him honest. Flatten out the backhand otherwise every looping shot he hits will get killed by Federer. Try not to slice too much unless you can get it to the backhand. Be aggressive but within yourself because he can't afford to get into too many long rallies. Probably better to stand a little bit closer to the service line so he can cut off angles off of the serve return. Remember that you have beaten him on hard courts a couple times before and came close again in Miami when you weren't nearly as good and he was very good (not like he isn't now either).
thoughtful reply. All you said makes good sense. One of the things that will be beyond his control will be the tired legs. He's bound to be tired but nothing can be done about that
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Then how come Federer crushed him in Hamburg 2007?
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Re: Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

This from Nadal's interview makes it a bit clearer. The interviewer read my mind!:


Q. Do you plan to play closer to the baseline against Federer? Tonight you had to run really a lot.

RAFAEL NADAL: Was tough to be more inside, no? What do you think? Did you see the speed of the ball or not (laughter)?


Q. I saw he was able to stay farther in front.

RAFAEL NADAL: I would love to be more inside, yeah. I gonna try to be more inside for the final, but I am playing against Federer.
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Re: Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

Nice match strategy thread, Stpnos.

Rafa has defeated Fed 2 times on hard courts, and taken him to 5 sets once.
So its not impossible, though he'll have to be aggressive, and break Fed's rhythm varying his topspins and their depth into Fed's backhand; something Roddick didn't do yesterday, IMO.

Roddick totally played to Fed's strengths and his netplay was awful.

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Re: Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

Roger's shots seem to be sharp as ever, so Rafa will have to play agressively, he was too defensive in his last two matches and that won't work on Roger who would pound in the slightless mistake

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Re: Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

Hit high to the backhand and hope to God Federer doesn't play well.
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Re: Any adjustments for the final? (for Nadal)

He'll do what he always does when playing Federer: Work the backhand again and again until it breaks down... God, I hope Roger finds the right answers to this...

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