Originally Posted by NYCtennisfan
Props to Dirk. NOt too many other posters would admit to being wrong. The fact of the matter is that from a historical point of view, one wouldn't think that Nadal's game would translate well to hardcourts. But Nadal is just a different animal. Not only does he get to every ball hit onto his side of the court, he gets it back over to the other side to at least a neutral position so there is no easy put aways. This is what gave Federer so much trouble in Miami. Then you have to admire how Nadal has tweaked his game for the hardcourts. He is hitting that lefty serve out wide beautifully and then taking the ball earlier and hitting it DTL. He is hitting this inside-out BH DTL wonderfully to finish off rallies. He only really needs to improve his volleys, return of serve and maybe put some more pop on his serve for more cheapie points. As it is, Nadal only lost two games on his serve the entire tournament because nobody could hit the ball past him and he controlled at least 75% of all the rallies. Agassi hit some really good shots consistently that would break down just about anyone else but he couldn't finish the points. He just coudln't get it past Nadal.
It wasnīt necessary to admit he was wrong cause it was pretty obvious and no other reaction would have been decent.
Apart from that, I heavily disagree at the statement The fact of the matter is that from a historical point of view, one wouldn't think that Nadal's game would translate well to hardcourts
. If u had watched Nadalīs matches in those hard courts in the past (apart from that Roddick anihilation) against Chela, Hewitt and Younes when he wasnīt even the half of a player heīs nowadays, it was pretty clear he had a great potential to do well there, but Federerīs shadow is too big for some of their fans to see this. Nadal will do fine everywhere (including grass) except indoors as I said a lot of months ago and itīs not something surprising to see him winning a TMS in hard court, more to come soon