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Should Rafa hire a HC specialist as coach?

Despite having some great performances at AO, Acapulco and Miami, non-clay-Rafa still looks like fish out of the water strategy wise. It might be time to seek the help of a more HC-versed individual to polish his game in the faster courts. Federer proved that, along with a little bit of reinvention (can't avoid to credit Ivan for helping here), the physical decline that comes with age can be dealt with. Since Rafa is parting ways with Toni for the 2018 season...

... could this be the answer to revert the 3 year HC title deficit?

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Even if he gets a HC specialist, it will take years to consistently implement any changes and still stay at the summit. He's already trying to play more aggressively, but has difficulties sticking to that mindset when he's losing. That alone will take a long time to get ingrained.
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Re: Should Rafa hire a HC specialist as coach?

Moya tells him to hit to the corners and come in, but he isn't comfortable playing this way.
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Re: Should Rafa hire a HC specialist as coach?

Moya was himself a good Hardcourt player
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Re: Should Rafa hire a HC specialist as coach?

Don't need a hard court specialist coach to tell him that he needs to stand closer to the baseline on hard courts.
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Don't need a hard court specialist coach to tell him that he needs to stand closer to the baseline on hard courts.
Knowing what to do and having someone who excells at it teaching you how to do it are completely different things.
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Knowing what to do and having someone who excells at it teaching you how to do it are completely different things.
It would still take a long-ass time.
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It would still take a long-ass time.
I disagree. And it's not like Rafa is retiring in two years or something.

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I disagree. And it's not like Rafa is retiring in two years or something.
It's not just the technical aspect. Strategy and tactics involve a healthy dose of confidence, or rather, belief in what you are doing. Trust me, these things take longer than a couple months.
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It's not just the technical aspect. Strategy and tactics involve a healthy dose of confidence, or rather, belief in what you are doing. Trust me, these things take longer than a couple months.
How's that a reason not to do it?

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How's that a reason not to do it?
It's not. And who's to say Nadal isn't working to change his game? There's a reason why he hired Moya.
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It's not. And who's to say Nadal isn't working to change his game? There's a reason why he hired Moya.
Well, almost any recent footage of him playing outside of clay.

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Re: Should Rafa hire a HC specialist as coach?

Nadal knows how to play HC but tends to move back when he has low confidence. He is very insecure for someone with so many grand slams. I wonder if this stems from Uncle Tony.
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Sure. 31yo. 3 hc GS titles and numerous other titles. Still needs some magic input on how to play tennis. LOL.
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Sure. 31yo. 3 hc GS titles and numerous other titles. Still needs some magic input on how to play tennis. LOL.
He can't rest on his laurels if he intends to win more GS outside of Roland Garros. He's slower than he used to be, and he's also started to lose tiebreaks. Somethings got to change.
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