Originally Posted by PMK is Innocent
So Nadal is going to be blowing people off court like Safin did in his peak, now?
No, I've never said that. His serve is never going to be a big weapon.
Nadal often uses a serve just to set up the point whereas a big server can start and finish a point just with his serve. Nadal can do that from time to time but it's rare and it's not key to his game.
However, there's more to a serve than speed and he has improved the variety and placement of his serve, making it more difficult to read and this is something he needs to work on some more. But no, he's never going to blast players off court with his serve.
Movement is key for every player.
However, I agree that on hardcourts, he often runs too much after the ball instead of being agressive, getting good length on his shots and letting the ball do the running for him so to speak.
Before you say it, I don't think that hardcourts is ever going to be his playground but he has room for improvement.