Originally Posted by scoobsuk
They think they have a shot against Nadal on hardcourts because, Montreal last year aside, Rafa's success on North American hardcourts at this time of year has been a bit limited.
So they're up for the fight a bit more.
Yes, I also think that's true. And I believe that Nadal is giving his opponents more surface for attack or aggression than Federer because in Nadal's game there is more aggression and I think some opponents take power from his actions when he is having a fistpump or sending over an angry look.
Originally Posted by Rogiman
Word. and Nadal's alleged 'improvement' this year at the Open is nothing but an illusion, he would have lost in the 3rd round again had he drawn the same opponent.
you say it, he 'would'
actually he didn't and it is an improvement
and had player XY drawn player AB at tournament CD he would have lost too
I think last year Nadal was just way too flat and physically not at all up to the task; he didn't play really well this year yet, but better than last year and yes, it's my subjective view on it.