Originally Posted by NYCtennisfan
BTW, I don't think Nadal is ready to win Wimbledon and might not ever win it with his style, but the fact is that there are only about a dozen or so players capable of hitting him off of the court. During the tournament, he may only face two or three. This means that we will probably be seeing him advance to some quarters and maybe even some semis soon if players aren't on their games and hitting their shots when they play him.
Grass neutralizes EVERY strength in Nadal's game, namely: his speed (he can no longer run faster than the balls...) and his high-bouncing shots with excessive top-spin (which sit-up nicely for any player to hit on grass), and on competitiveness alone he won't go far.
I had been stunned how sub-ordinary he looked last year vs. Muller, until I realised he simply had nothing to offer on that surface.
I remember an article in one of the English newspapers (telegraph?) later in which they wrote how surprised they were with how unorthodox Nadal's shots were, and basically saying nobody should be raised playing like that.
True, few players play particularly well on grass nowadays, but Nadal isn't better than any of those who do not.
Sorry, mallorn, he's got no chance in hell on the stuff
I'm not saying this as a hater or using some wishful thinking.
He might be working on his serve and his volleys, but it's not like he's going to start S&V tomorrow on the grass (or he's toast even before playing one game).