Originally Posted by R.Federer
why not? nadal is a sure threat. Also marat. gasquet I dont tink will be much threat consistently
I think Nadal will be a continuous threat and pain for Roger on clay but I think Roger will begin dealing with him on hardcourts. Roger must have watched the guys who gave Nadal quite a scare in the U.S Open and think to himself he should be able to do that, if not better, especially when watching Blake. I also think Roger just needs to flatten out more of his shots and put more pace into them, even to his backhand when Nadal hits those high looped shots. Come to think of it, watching Hewitt today showed me how Hewitt's returns neutralized the lefty spin but I guess he was able to do it better because of his two handed backhand. One thing though, like James, was that he did not shy away from attacking the lefty forehand, and that Roger must do against Nadal.
I think matchup wise, Safin will pose more problems for Roger than any other player because of his power and the completeness of his game. He can tail of against Roger easier than any other player, especially on the backhand side. However, I still think at both peaks, Roger will still win a majority of them, not because of any mental excuse but because of Roger's overall variety.
*One thing that makes me laugh is that there are always excuses for most, if not all Safin's losses (and Roger's as well) but more for Safin. It's as if people feel that he always doesn't play well when he loses. Do people think it is possible that he was just outplayed or that his opponent's strategy was great enough to counter his strategy?