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Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

Would his forehand be more/less/as effective? Would he have won slams? How many?

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Re: Would Nadal have been as successful as a right-hander?

What a stupid question? Impossible to know.
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Re: Would Nadal have been as successful as a right-hander?

Well I think...

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Would his forehand be more/less/as effective?
Less effective.
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Would he have won slams?
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How many?
A few, but I don't think he would of got the Career Slam.
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I think as now.

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Re: Would Nadal have been as successful as a right-hander?

Nadull wouldn't even be in the top 100 if he were right handed. His entire success is solely based on the fact that he's left handed, therefore his moonball forehands along with the angle are very effective.
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What a stupid question? Impossible to know.
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Re: Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

Huh? Obviously he would never reach the world no 1 spot and wouldn't be so successful on clay, because the spinning ball running of the court is not so harmful on grass or hard. He would be nothing better than Mantilla.
The left-hand is the deciding factor of his achievements.

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Re: Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

NO! He would never have won Roger in Wimbledon and Australia.

Maybe other 6?
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Re: Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

It's an interesting question. But as someone said above, who knows?

I have a hard time believing that someone with as much mental toughness, physical strength, endurance, and athleticism as Rafa would suck only because he switched hands. His topspin forehand and serve would be less effective, so he'd have needed to work more on those shots growing up. He would also have a more typical backhand, and it's impossible to know how effective it'd be.

My guess is that he wouldn't have shot up through the rankings nearly as quickly, and definitely wouldn't have as many Slams. But as I said, his physicality and mental toughness make it hard for me to believe that he wouldn't be a respectable player.
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Re: Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

Nadal cross court topspin forehand to Federer forehand instead of backhand would have made life significantly easier for Federer and no left handed slice serves to backhand as well.

I think less successful as the left handed forehand has exploited so many right handed backhands.
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IMO he would be 28.6% worse.

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Nadal cross court topspin forehand to Federer forehand instead of backhand would have made life significantly easier for Federer and no left handed slice serves to backhand as well.

I think less successful as the left handed forehand has exploited so many right handed backhands.
yes less successful but still multiple slam winner, how many impossible to know already now who knows how many he will win ?

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Not really relevant, but totally hilarious.
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Not really relevant, but totally hilarious.
This is not true. Rafa also plays golf with left hand.
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Re: Would Nadal be as successful as a right-hander?

Hard to say- it is only theory, but i think, that he would be succesfull- why not? yes his game woulnd´t be the same- his topspin and his surprising shots, passes and many other great things - for left-hander just wouldn´t he have, but still - with righ hand- what is his natural hand for doing things- his serve probably would be far better- don´t forget he is very powerfull guy, with strength so he would probably hit hard flat serves like 220km and aces, i think his serve would be definetely better, because when he was younger and must to learn serve with second hand- it take time and everything if he would train hi sserve entire life with righ-hand his ,,natural hand,, his serve would be i think drastically better, and harder, flatter. Than his strengh and endurance and psychical strengh- would be about the same level probably. So i think overall- lost topspin advantage and some of leth-handed surprise passes, and shots, but better serve and probably better accuracy of shots- because from young age he would be training the shots with his ,,natural hand,, so he would be learning everything faster, it will be easier for him to do some things- hard to say, but i think he can be maybe even so much succesfull with righ hand- when he whole life trained with righ-hand- what is his better hand- so learning process, everything must be easier for him- better and better accuraccy and feeling in hand
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