Originally Posted by Donnay Quixote
As a Nadal fan I must say that I am afraid....very afraid.
I was real happy for years as Federer just played the same old game and same old strategy because he was to cocky to change or improve.
Anacones influence has already been see as Fed charges the net far more often.
I believe feds only chance against Nadal is the net because you cant beat Nadal going toe to toe from the baseline.
You can beat Nadal from the baseline, but Fed doing this will lose most of the time. With the right mental attitude Fed would probably win most of the time by a slim margin.
Fed makes some uncharastic errors when he plays Nadal, it must be the mental part of his game from what I can see. Though he's been, the last 2-3 years, making these kind of mistakes against anyone.
This wasn't evident at the WTF, I was unsure that Fed could win that third set and was waiting for the same kind of errors that everybody's seen for years.
In the second set it seems Fed reverted to his usual and typical type of play against Nadal. I have no idea why he would change up what was working so well in the first set.
I hope Fed can see he has to just be aggressive against Nadal, while being aggressive he'll have little time to think about the mental demons. Losing the second set and coming back to take the title will have gone a long way in building confidence against Nadal.
Expect Nadal however to counter this change of game by Fed, so we'll have to see how it plays out.
This is going to be very interesting going forward to see if Fed can play with the style he's been working on.
I think he will become even more comfortable as he incorporates these kind of strategies in his game.