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Does Nadal play better against Federer then against other players?

DDrago2
01-29-2012, 11:58 PM
While watching his final against Djokovic, I noticed that Nadal missed many ordinary shots he never misses against Federer, while lacking in those extra-special moves he also does against him. Anyone else sharing my impression?

paseo
01-30-2012, 12:00 AM
Yes, because he's confident against Fed.

MuzzahLovah
01-30-2012, 12:02 AM
Yes of course.

ballbasher101
01-30-2012, 12:05 AM
Nadal hates Federer, if not why torture him like that with those ridiculous passing shots time and time again.

leng jai
01-30-2012, 12:16 AM
Those epic passes were suspiciously absent against Nole.

Fedex
01-30-2012, 12:47 AM
Those epic passes were suspiciously absent against Nole.

Djokovic rarely gives Nadal a target though, and when he does come to the net, he makes Nadal pass him on the backhand.

Nadal never misses routine passes like that backhand down the line against Djokovic at 4-2, 30-15 in the fifth, though.

ballbasher101
01-30-2012, 12:53 AM
Djokovic rarely gives Nadal a target though, and when he does come to the net, he makes Nadal pass him on the backhand.

Nadal never misses routine passes like that backhand down the line against Djokovic at 4-2, 30-15 in the fifth, though.


Shows just how much The Djoker is in Nadal's head. 7 in a row :worship:. I still can't believe it.

Sri
01-30-2012, 01:01 AM
Federer's game suits Nadal. Flat ball bashing can trouble Nadal.

Looner
01-30-2012, 01:23 AM
He swings freely against Roger as he feels he's not the favourite. For a simple example, that point at 4-2 30-15 in the 5th would have been a winner for RN if it was against Fed.

Fedfanforever
01-30-2012, 01:30 AM
Yeah, because he has the mental advantage.

r3d_d3v1l_
01-30-2012, 01:30 AM
He plays better because he knows Federer isnīt a brick wall like Djokovic is. He just needs to keep pummeling Federerīs backhand, until his game breaks and then turn the game on. Against Djokovic, he is forced to be from the very start of the match the agressor and thatīs why he makes those mistakes.

Itīs karma bitches.

Sunset of Age
01-30-2012, 02:13 AM
Ever heard of the phenomenon called "match-up"? :)

Roddickominator
01-30-2012, 02:24 AM
Federer is the same way when he plays Roddick. He's supremely confident in the matchup and in his tactics, so he is able to do basically whatever he wants without getting tight.

tests
01-30-2012, 02:31 AM
Federer is the same way when he plays Roddick. He's supremely confident in the matchup and in his tactics, so he is able to do basically whatever he wants without getting tight.

difference being, roddick is not even remotely close to being in the category of a nadal or djokovic.

With that said, if federer did not tighten up vs nadal, he would have a much favorable record

Marc23
01-30-2012, 04:02 AM
It's not a guess,it's a fact!

Sophocles
01-30-2012, 11:28 AM
Federer does tend to play into his hands, but actually, the answer is no. He probably hits heights against Federer for brief periods he doesn't against others, but he always starts out pretty nervous making a lot of uncharacteristic errors - just Fed never capitalizes for more than a few games before stinking up the court with his own even worse errors. Nadal also throws in the towel against Fed pretty quickly if he's feeling tired from the start.

duong
01-30-2012, 11:42 AM
Federer does tend to play into his hands, but actually, the answer is no. He probably hits heights against Federer for brief periods he doesn't against others, but he always starts out pretty nervous making a lot of uncharacteristic errors - just Fed never capitalizes for more than a few games before stinking up the court with his own even worse errors. Nadal also throws in the towel against Fed pretty quickly if he's feeling tired from the start.

I also answer no but I completely disagree with your other arguments.

His errors against Fed are not "uncharacteristic" : Nadal makes these errors against other players.

As for the thread I say no, even though he has a surplus of confidence against Federer (he said it in his biography and watching his attitude during the match and also hearing the comments from Toni Nadal this time after the match are enough to understand it "we didn't think he could keep on like that"), and he has less confidence against Djokovic than against any player nowadays.

It's just that his game is perfect to play against Federer.
He even has the perfect serve to bother Federer !

And the fact that Fed often went to the net on thursday was even better for him, on such a slow hardcourt in a cool day.

I don't think at all he played better against Fed than against Djokovic. Imo he played better against Djokovic.

Mystique
01-30-2012, 12:08 PM
Federer is the same way when he plays Roddick. He's supremely confident in the matchup and in his tactics, so he is able to do basically whatever he wants without getting tight.

This

Damn Nadal ::sad:

JurajCrane
01-30-2012, 12:21 PM
Yes, because he has only one strategy - everything to his backhand, mega spin to bounce superhigh. Then attack to FH side. Period.

out_grinder
01-30-2012, 12:39 PM
Those epic passes were suspiciously absent against Nole.

Hard to pass someone who never goes to the net.

BroTree123
01-30-2012, 12:44 PM
It's all about the bad/good match-up (however you lovers/haters rate this), and the difference in mental strength.