Originally Posted by PamV
Also how many TALL guys has Nadal faced? (not many) If he were facing Safin or any of the taller guys the high bounce would be fine with them. All in all Nadal has been lucky that Safin, Hewitt, and Roddick have fallen off their games this year. If he had to face Safin (in form) , Roddick(in form) then Federer....how fresh would he be? Well the TMC should be a hoot.
With the high bounces, it takes Roger time to adjust and ofcourse depending on the surface, on clay its harder for Roger because not only is he forced to deal with the high bounces but also hitting the extra shot. Most players who play against Rafa can stay with him for a while and then lose the last set by 6-1 or 6-2 because the spins take a toll on their shoulders/arms
Roger was constantly trying to losen his arm in the last set at RG, anyway Roger is a smart player and hopefully he will be ready for Rafa when they meet again. I think Rogers chances are better in best of 5 then 3 sets.
As for Safin, I think he would be the best match up for Rafa because he deals quite well with the spins and he strikes the ball very cleanly. I think he gets frustrated with players who volley a lot, but he deals quite well with baseline players, also he punishes slow serves better than most.