Originally Posted by Wing Man Frank
Nadal is forced to go for his serves versus Novak because he's the best returner in the world.
No surprise his stats are so low. I'd be surprised if they weren't.
On any surface but clay Nadal doesn't have the answer to the problems Novak gives him.
Yeah, Novak is forcing him to hit 25% first serves. This was a one time freak occurence for a guy who usually serves around 70, even against Novak.
exactly.......Nadal's second serve is nothing special and returner like Novak won only 43% of those points
But it's obvious he wins more on his first serve, when his serve % drops -> do the math
I didn't put words in your mouth, I asked if that was what you meant. Didn't state you meant that.
It's irrelevant if Rafa crumbled or not. He lost. Nole lost many matches the same way, even worst.
So really, tell me what your point his by stating that Rafa crumbled? Where do you want to get?
Well, it kind of took on a life of it's own and one thing led to another. Had to look a few pages back to see where this started.
It started with discussing confidence and losses here. I just mentioned how his confidence back then was shaky and how that showed with him dropping off despite being in control until 6-4 2-2.