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Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Why Nadal always chokes and plays poorly against Davydenko? More often than not he misses lots of break point chances, even if he gets the upper hand he always gifts it back to Davy. No doubt Davy produces some unbelievable angles and keeps nadal on the run all the time but Nadal misses some shots he will make against any other opponent.
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

This might be the funniest thread in MTF. You were waiting for Nadal to lose a set against him today to spread your message...
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Just like Fed makes Soderling play poorly, Davydenko takes Nadal out of his comfort zone. That is called being a "bad match-up" in tennis. His early hitting takes away Nadal's time and it makes Rafa a bit desperate.

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Welcome to the epiphany of what a bad matchup mean, if it comes eventually
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Davydenko is a better player.
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

I don't think it would have mattered who he played today, he's not even competitive.

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

I don't believe it's a case of being mentally fragile. He can beat Davydenko, on any surface, but he's got to know by now, trying to hit Davy off the court using all that topspin, simply WON'T work. Last year, he was hitting flatter and was more offensive minded, which is why he came relatively close in beating him. That's the way he should always approach a match with Davydenko, because it gives him a better chance. Why Nadal hasn't learned that yet, is beyond me. He should know better.

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

All players have a boogeyman, Davydenko is Nadal's.

Especially on HC.

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

nonsense........should davydenko fall in his quarter at the AO, he will be eaten alive by nadal........the last three times donkey beat him, nadal was not physically okay for the battle.......
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

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All players have a boogeyman, Davydenko is Nadal's.

Especially on HC.
True, it doesn't matter how well Nadal plays, Davydenko is too quick and the ball comes back too fast on hards.


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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Anyone with a decent backhand (Kolya, Nalbandian, JesusFed every 500 years, etc.) can hurt Nadull

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

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Why Nadal always chokes and plays poorly against Davydenko? More often than not he misses lots of break point chances, even if he gets the upper hand he always gifts it back to Davy. No doubt Davy produces some unbelievable angles and keeps nadal on the run all the time but Nadal misses some shots he will make against any other opponent.
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Maybe because Nikolay can return well and has a good gameplan against him (and a game that is strong against the topspin Rafa has)
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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

Perhaps it is because of Davydenko's ability to hit the ball early, but Nadal really ought to be leading this series. As it is, Davydenko could well end his career with a positive H2H against Rafa; he now has a 6-4 lead over the Spaniard (which incidentally is the same as the Krajicek-Sampras H2H).

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

it's a bad matchup and that's it
every player has weaknesses and can lose at given times, you gotta be really brain damaged to believe that someone can only lose if they are injured/sick/tired

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Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?

"Mentally fragile"

Nadal has a history of struggling against solid two-handed backhands. Add to this how well Davydenko takes the ball on the rise and here is a recipe for troubling Nadal on fast/medium hardcourts.

How come Davydenko can't win against Rafa on clay?

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