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What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

I think its been acknowledged for a number of years that Nadal is vulnerable to guys with a big game on a hardcourt. Some examples include:

Mikhail Youzny - 2005 US Open
James Blake - 2006 US Open
Fernando Gonzalez - 2007 Australian Open
Joe Wilfrd Tsonga - 2008 Australian Open
Andy Murray!! - 2008 US Open (Murray played aggressively for a change and it worked beautifully)
Juan Martin Del Potro - 2009 US Open
Novak Djokovic - 2009 Paris Bercy semifinal

I haven't seen todays match but listened to it on the radio and by all accounts Robin Soderling was the one making the play. And of course despite Rafa's injury at the French, Soderling hit through him in Paris on clay, Rafa's favourite surface.

One of the ways these guys have taken the initiative is to open up the court expecialy with the backhand down the line making Rafa stretch often, especially on the fast court of the US Open. After opening up the court they can then dictate at the net or take advantage of Rafa's short balls (which increase when Rafa is under pressure).

I remember in the 1990s the likes of Agassi and Courier said that they had to do something to counteract the big servers. Nadal has a similar problem in that he needs to counteract the big hitters especially on faster surfaces.

Taking this into account and maybe Rafa has to look at his game after wear and tear - what can Rafa do in ways of amending his game? to start getting the better of players who really have a go at him; how can he turn the tables to start winning the big tournaments again? What can Rafa also do to ensure he doesn't always looked physically jaded by October of every season?

I know some of you guys are quite sensitive so I'll make it clear, this is not having a go at Rafa but to look at how he can get back up there, I like Rafa a lot and saw him at the French Open in both 2007 and 2008 against Moya and Almagro respectively.
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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

Get fully healthy, get fully fit and hope for the best.
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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

The only thing Nadull can do is moonball and pray that the opponent loses the match with unforced errors. There's nothing else he can do. He doesn't hit flat, has no serve, no volleys, no slice, all he can do is hit moonball forehands.
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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

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Well that hasn't really worked for him in the past so I doubt it will now.

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Pray for death

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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

Rafa is playing awfully short nowadays, and big hitters feast on those floaters, specially that atrocious bh slice

he has to make them go back, got them out of balance so he can force either a easy shot to solve or the opponent's UEs

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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

Flatten out his forehand. Right now, it's costing him matches. I don't care how many times I'm told that it's a weapon. On a hardcourt, it is often a liability. It rears up, begging to be flattened out.

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Scare the opponents off the court with his ugly mug.
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Well that hasn't really worked for him in the past so I doubt it will now.
well, it's by far not that he lost every single time he played Blake or Tsonga for example

everybody knows that he won't win 6 or 7 times at any GS apart from RG; but if everything works out perfect, it can go the way it did in Melbourne this year
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It's not very realistic that Nadal is going to be able to, all of a sudden, after hitting his forehand the way he has for probably all of his life, flatten it.

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The only thing Nadull can do is moonball and pray that the opponent loses the match with unforced errors. There's nothing else he can do. He doesn't hit flat, has no serve, no volleys, no slice, all he can do is hit moonball forehands.
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It's not very realistic that Nadal is going to be able to, all of a sudden, after hitting his forehand the way he has for probably all of his life, flatten it.
I don't mean he should start hitting the ball like Soderling. I mean flatten it out a bit more, like he did during Wimbledon 08. Less net clearance, more penetration and, most importantly, it won't sit up at the perfect height for guys like Soderling, Del Potro, and Djokovic to flatten out.

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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

I thought his forehand was much flatter at the AO this year. Thought there was a major step forward there. He seems to have taken 10 steps back though by reverting to his old self with the utterly defensive game.
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Re: What can Nadal do to counteract the big hitters?

Retrieve and hope.
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