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Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

There is no questioning that his game is super effective, but on the off surface he seems to be a little less than capable. It's also by pure extrapolation possible to see that he's about as 5 times effective on red clay than on any other surface, which I don't think you'll find for many players of his achievements. This is not a dig at Nadal, since he's clearly good enough to win other slams, but just not nearly as good as on clay.
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Re: Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

Sampras never won on clay,Borg only won on clay and grass. He just needs a few more slams to be the GOAT
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Tough to call someone one dimensional when the guy has made 9 slam finals off clay.

I'd say an all round player with a clay specialization who is capable on other surfaces as well.

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Nadal will never be the GOAT.

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Tough to call someone one dimensional when the guy has made 9 slam finals off clay.
Not when every surface plays like slightly faster clay.

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At the moment, yes he is. Clearly demonstrated by his lack of ability on other surfaces and dominance on clay.
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Re: Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

In fairness, he's won all slams not played on clay, meaning he's won slams on clay, grass, slow hard and fast hard.

I do believe he is one-dimensional, but he won't go down as being one-dimensional, at least not more than Borg (let alone Sampras).
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At the moment, yes he is. Clearly demonstrated by his lack of ability on other surfaces and dominance on clay.
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Tough to call someone one dimensional when the guy has made 9 slam finals off clay.
This isn't about how good his achievements have been, but how much better his achievements on clay are as on other surfaces. It's more about comparing himself to himself, not the field.
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Absolutely.

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In fairness, he's won all slams not played on clay, meaning he's won slams on clay, grass, slow hard and fast hard.

I do believe he is one-dimensional, but he won't go down as being one-dimensional, at least not more than Borg (let alone Sampras).
Borg played serve and volley to win Wimbledon and out grinded everyone on clay. He was very versatile unlike Nadal who plays the same way on every surface standing 10 feet behind the baseline trying to be a human practice wall.

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Re: Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

What was exposed was his lack of a Plan B.

He is great at the default RG conditions, but throw in heavier balls and he's not the same player.

He didn't know how to respond. Thankfully play was called off.

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I'm not sure about one-dimensional, but what i like about it it's totally unique to him.
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Re: Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

how is he one dimensional when he is most famous for adapting his game to suit other conditions and is respected as the biggest tactic changer mid match to find answers to beat his opponents?

if anything Nadal is a perfect example of a player with a lot of variety and the ability to adjust his game to do well anywhere. just look at 2010 US OPEN versus 2007 US OPEN and you won't even recognize Nadal, it will seem like two different people. he's anything but one dimensional

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Re: Will Nadal go down as a little one dimensional?

His game is based on power and spin and clay gives him the perfect opportunity to play his ideal game. He gets caught out with other players on different surfaces and that is why 7/11 grand slam wins have come on this particular surface. Still an exceptional player though!!

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