And then got walloped in the FO final
lost at Wimbledon and lost in the AO ... I begin to wonder if Murray hadn't beaten Nadal at the USO semi final whether Federer wouldn't have lost to him there as well
well it was going to happen. federer had lost several tough matches, some even he was leading against nadal. nadal started well at rg 2008, and then federer just started going for broke and missing - a blowout waiting to happen.
whenever i see players try to play this really risky style against nadal on clay, they get rolled with lopsided scores. nadal gets everything back and just plays into the opponents errors.
but if you can grind with him in the rallies and play selective aggression on points, you can put nadal on the brink which federer did several times. the main reason this works is because nadal isnt really sure what game plan to adopt.
if you play too aggressive, nadal plays defensive and kills you on clay...if you play passive, he will eventually take control of the points. you need to change up the rhythm between these two extremes and this puts doubt into his mind.