Originally Posted by VamosRafaNadal
Well, Chardy was a TOP30 player, that's the fact. However, I agree with you in one thing: Chardy ballbashed all the match and he was horrible, missing lots of balls and doing a lot of silly errors. He played worst than most of the Nadal opponents in Viña and Brazil.
The first serious challenge for Rafa will be in Acapulco (and today's match will be tough too).
Yes definitely, he used to be a sound/consistent player with a decent head screwed on, maybe like 3-4 years ago. Now, lately, he's either been being too passive or going for way too much for no reason at all. I say he has no weapon (as of late anyway) because he doesn't have anything to rely on to save himself or at least get cheap points on a particular wing. His serve is big, but again it reflects so much of a 'ballbash' shot as well. There's no liquidity and flow to it, no thought on it whatsoever.
Great post once again, and I agree with your opinions over Rafa.