We saw a great example of this today. Juan Monaco took on his friend Rafael Nadal and he was burnt to shreds. Yet Monaco plays a very similar game to Nadal- grinding and long rallies.
Nadal simply did everything a little better. And Monaco struggled to win a single game.
Would Monaco have troubled Nadal more if he did not play the same way as him?
Is it possible to beat the top players at their own game? Nadal and Djokovic especially have rounded up their games so much that they do everything better than the other players. You never see Nadal losing to grinders, because he is the best grinder. Djokovic similarily rarely loses to aggressive baseliners.
Can you beat players like them at their own game? I say no. Unless the challenger plays WAY outside their comfort zone.
When Almagro and Ferrer/Murray take on Clay King, they must not try to outgrind him as they often tend to do. Do you agree?