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%``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]



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RAFA fans please don`t accuse me of bashing poor Nadal .. Seriously I do respect Rafa & his inspired gutsy play, especially his wins at the Rome TMS [over Coria 05 & Federer 06] were truly awesome

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But considering all the injuries he`s getting at such a young age & his mini-slump since last year`s Wimbldon>>> ~don`t you think that Rafa should consider rebuilding his general game [forehand strokes & serve in particular] in order to become a better player & survive at the top in the forthcoming years


Agassi partly rebuilt his game in the late 1990s by becoming more efficient with his strokes & Ken Rosewell become a great serve & volleyer in his mid 30s in the early 1970s to continue winning Slams

The best example of someone rebuilding a seemingly successful game was Nick Faldo in golf
...Faldo was European #1 in the early 1980s but he knew his swing wouldn`t be good enough under the heat of battle to win majors ~~ so he & his swing coach David Leadbetter designed a swing that would be durable under pressure for years to come.. Faldo & his improved flatter & less wristy swing plane went on to win 6-majors !!
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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

what language is that in?

I have no fuckin clue what you are babbling about
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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

Yeah, I do think he should change certain aspects of his game, but most importantly he should rebuild his confidence. Unfortunatly for us, Rafa's quite young and stubburn. Althoug he is a smart boy, a lot smarter than people who don't really know all that much about him would give him credit for, but his fans know, he does realize what's at stake. After reading interviews with him he is aware of what people say about his game and is aware that some things need ot change and at the same time is very adment about not changing certain aspects of his game. As he said once, this play has gotten me this far, so I do think it would take his camp to push him into change for it to happen.
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what language is that in?

I have no fuckin clue what you are babbling about


I may be a babbler , but it`s pretty clear I`m talking mumbo jumbo language you fool thneed
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He needs a new coach...
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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

I think Tony has done well for him, but the suggestion of an other coach, or at least some outside help and opinions on his game could serve him well.

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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

If he changed his game to suit hard courts, there's no guarantee that it would be successful and it could also ruin his clay court game which brought him to the top. It would also take a while before he showed great results also and I'm not sure he's willing to take that risk.
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If he changed his game to suit hard courts, there's no guarantee that it would be successful and it could also ruin his clay court game which brought him to the top. It would also take a while before he showed great results also and I'm not sure he's willing to take that risk.


Yeah it`s a gamble isn`t it
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I mean he`s still young enough to continue having success with his physically draining game BUT he`s also young enough to still make major changes to his game>.
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If he changes in 5-years it may be too late!
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But if he changes now then he risks having a couple of years of limited success & not contending to win Slams!
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That`s why I gave the Nick Faldo example [though golf allows you more time to rebuild].. Faldo had to endure a few years of poor performances but once he mastered his new swing he went on to win 6-majors..

I wonder if Nadal`s loyalty to Toni & stubborness to rebuild his forehand will hold him back & prevent him from becoming an all-time great that he surely can be
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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

I wonder the same thing.
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Re: %``%.Should NADAL seriously REBUILD his game??*[Faldo won golf majors after overhaul]

Perhaps Nadal should wait until this year`s French Open is over~>> then begin a long path to overhauling his general playing style..
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With last year`s clay form he`d still be a clear favourite to win this year`s French Open & winning 3-in-a-row would truly be a great achievement..

This plan would minimise the risk of losing big titles b4 facing the music of change!
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great idea, lets send a letter to the Nadal team and hope they get it.
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great idea, lets send a letter to the Nadal team and hope they get it.

Thanks sondraj
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Despite what some people may think I`m actually a big fan of Nadal

It would be a pity to see a player with his immense passion & fighting abilities & clutch shot making to rise & fall suddenly
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Tennis needs great players & great characters~> Nadal`s success helps the game`s popularity overall
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Its not easy to just all of the sudden change your entire gameplan after playing one way for so many years. Unlike golf, Nadal doesn't have the luxury of 10 to 15 more years where he will be able to stay at his peak. Look at how long it took Woods to overcome his swing changes. By the time Nadal learns how to play a new style of tennis he will be past his physical peak. His best option is to keep improving the weakers aspects of his game (such as serve, serve return, volleys) and keep playing more on hard courts. People seem to be surprised he isn't doing well off clay, but his game isn't really suited for them and besides he has reached a final, qtrfinal and a semi in the 3 other slams which is pretty good for most other people.

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Its not easy to just all of the sudden change your entire gameplan after playing one way for so many years. Unlike golf, Nadal doesn't have the luxury of 10 to 15 more years where he will be able to stay at his peak. Look at how long it took Woods to overcome his swing changes. By the time Nadal learns how to play a new style of tennis he will be past his physical peak. His best option is to keep improving the weakers aspects of his game (such as serve, serve return, volleys) and keep playing more on hard courts. People seem to be surprised he isn't doing well off clay, but his game isn't really suited for them and besides he has reached a final, qtrfinal and a semi in the 3 other slams which is pretty good for most other people.

How about Thomas Muster
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Came back from a serious car accident in his early 20s & had one leg shorter than the other..
Went on to become #1 & win a Slam at age 27/28yrs
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If Muster could come back like that then surely Nadal can rebuild a new gameplan, esp the forehand strokes at age 20yrs
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Tennis needs great players & great characters~> Nadal`s success helps the game`s popularity overall
That's right.

He's been working on his serve and also return & volley game obviously.
But yes the dilemma is should he more drastically overhaul his game for hard courts the clay court success might not be there any more.
He has to find the right balance.
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