Originally Posted by RonE
Sorry Alfie- apples and oranges.
Muster's serve was nowhere near as efficient as Rafa's- he wasn't able to generate the same angles, spin and placement on his serve as Rafa can.
Nadal is more aggressive and his defensive skills are a different league. His net play is also a league above Muster's.
One more thing- Muster absolutely detested playing the big S&V players. When you pressured him into a corner with fast serving and took away his time that was when he really started to bleed. Rafa is able to generate angles and passes from impossible positions that Muster could only dream about.
And all this from someone who is by no means a Nadal fan and has seen Muster at his prime.
I don't think Nadal resists the S&V players more than Muster. A very limited Kendrick had his chances to defeat him. A good S&V player would have won easily.
As I said, I think Nadal is a more developed Muster. They are from different generations. Nadal is what Muster would be in case he played today. Stronger, better in the defence, a little more ofensive.