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What if...Fed was a lefty and Rafa played righthanded [VIDEO post#1]

EnriqueIG8
01-06-2010, 04:32 AM
It would look something like this

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For real, I don't know if there's already a thread about this..but would this really benefit Federer in his matchup against Nadal?

Johnny Groove
01-06-2010, 04:35 AM
That video is pretty cool to watch.

Now for the obligatory sarcastic response: "What is Karlovic and Volandri switched serves?"

EnriqueIG8
01-06-2010, 04:36 AM
That video is pretty cool to watch.

Now for the obligatory sarcastic response: "What is Karlovic and Volandri switched serves?"

I know it's been a hypothetical question but I just came across this video, and yeah it looked pretty cool to me too so I was just wondering.

Xristos
01-06-2010, 04:42 AM
Sweet vid!

sammy01
01-06-2010, 05:41 AM
well that would make no difference, nadals forehand would still naturally cross court swing into feds backhand.

Roddickominator
01-06-2010, 06:20 AM
It'd be interesting. Nadal's serve and forehand would be less effective....while Federer's serve would be strengthened, while his backhand would be weaker.

-Valhalla-
01-06-2010, 06:28 AM
Pretty fucking cool!
... and regarding the hypothetical, Fed would be at 19 slams and his h2h against Rafa would be 16-4.

-Valhalla-
01-06-2010, 06:40 AM
well that would make no difference, nadals forehand would still naturally cross court swing into feds backhand.

Negatory. Fed as a southpaw would be much more accustomed to dealing with right-handed spin as there are FAR MORE orthodoxes on tour. In addition, a southpaws' wide serve in the ad-court [the game winning court] gives them another big edge.

sammy01
01-06-2010, 07:00 AM
Negatory. Fed as a southpaw would be much more accustomed to dealing with right-handed spin as there are far more conventionals on tour. In addition, a southpaws' wide serve in the ad-court [the game winning court] gives them another big edge.

he gets plenty of practice dealing with players hitting into his backhand with all sorts of spin. feds biggest problem with nadal is he hits into his backhand constantly with heavy topspin and serves into his backhand naturally. if they were the opposite way round handed this would still be the case, as for the fed having a better serve i doubt it, he hits all the spots now. if anything fed might be less of a player left handed as so many players on tour could use their forehands to attack his backhand.

coonster14
01-06-2010, 07:05 AM
awesome video :yeah:

-Valhalla-
01-06-2010, 07:26 AM
he gets plenty of practice dealing with players hitting into his backhand with all sorts of spin. feds biggest problem with nadal is he hits into his backhand constantly with heavy topspin and serves into his backhand naturally. if they were the opposite way round handed this would still be the case, as for the fed having a better serve i doubt it, he hits all the spots now. if anything fed might be less of a player left handed as so many players on tour could use their forehands to attack his backhand.

I agree that Fed might be less of a player left-handed, but as for the rest of your points, I disagree. The fact is that lefties make up less than 10% of the population and are just plain awkward and uncomfortable to deal with and this gives them a natural advantage in many sports. Familiarity breeds comfort.

Arkulari
01-06-2010, 07:45 AM
I am left-handed and sometimes confuse my opponents when I play squash or table tennis with them

We as lefties have the advantage of playing right handers most of the time so we know how to read a lot of their movements but also have the left-hand laterality, because of that we also can get into that kind of opponents' shoes and is actually easier

Of course it depends on the level and the skill but as a general norm, a left handed opponent is harder to beat in racket sports

Roger wouldn't be the same player if he was left-handed, and I think it wouldn't change much about his match-up with Rafa because the biggest problem for him is not the dominant hand but the topspin and if we consider he has all the same shots but with the other hand then the FH topspin for his BH would still be the issue

save ausdecline
01-06-2010, 07:47 AM
What if ......you stop making these stupid threads on speculation. cos its not happening.

Certinfy
01-06-2010, 08:27 AM
Nice video :)

christallh24
01-06-2010, 08:56 AM
Wow! That vid was genius!

As for the question, I'm not convinced it would be all that different.

Goldenoldie
01-06-2010, 09:05 AM
I think the answer would depend whether they were born that way or changed in mid-career for whatever reason. If they were born the other way round, then Federer would have been even more dominant, but if they swapped tomorrow my money would be on Nadal, because lefthanders can usually make better use of their right hands than righthanders can of their lefts.
There are probably some interesting stats in baseball.

Start da Game
01-06-2010, 09:06 AM
well that would make no difference, nadals forehand would still naturally cross court swing into feds backhand.

concurred.......it's about what nadal is exposing in federer's game and what fed is unable to expose in rafa's game, not about what if they played with their second hands........

actually, nadal's serve and his volleys if he played with his right(correct) hand, might have been scary good.......he has a very good thought when approaching the net, but cannot execute it as well as he likes to because he plays with his wrong hand.......

EnriqueIG8
01-09-2010, 02:19 AM
I think the answer would depend whether they were born that way or changed in mid-career for whatever reason. If they were born the other way round, then Federer would have been even more dominant, but if they swapped tomorrow my money would be on Nadal, because lefthanders can usually make better use of their right hands than righthanders can of their lefts.
There are probably some interesting stats in baseball.

You really think Fed would have won more than 15 slams if he has been left handed? I think his service might have been more succesfull but his backhand might have been even more unreliable as it is now.

UsD.AnDreS
01-09-2010, 04:30 AM
very nice video) but for me it seems a bit more interesting what if fed played 2-handed BH and nadal 1-handed.just really interesting to watch)