I thought this was pretty neat, from Steve Tignor on tennis.com
This is it, the end of a month and a half of dirtball. Federer and Nadal played in Monte Carlo way back in April and gave us a classic in Rome in May. As much as I’ve seen of them this spring, there were still aspects of their games that surprised and impressed me today. It may go against their reputations, but I found myself noticing Federer’s raw physical skills, and Nadal’s variety and smarts.
Compared to the thick, low-to-the-ground Nalbandian, Federer appeared positively elastic. He follows through halfway around his body on his backhand and can slide backward on a diagonal to whip topspin forehands from his shoetops. This allows him to create angles where there don’t appear to be any.
Nadal is known as a bullish grinder, but he rarely loses a touch contest around the net. I love the little two-handed push passing shot he guides down the line as he’s moving forward; or the hook backhand crosscourt pass on the run, a shot that Guy Forget says Nadal can hit because he’s a natural righty. Finally, on an important point late in the match, Nadal ended up at the net. Ljubicic hit a lob that Nadal cracked back at him. Another lob, another hard overhead, another lob. On the third overhead, Nadal calmly took the pace off it and nestled it into the corner with sidespin. It was a beautifully thoughtful and subtle play.
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