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Why did Nadal switch to slice backhand against Simon?

kobulingam
01-29-2009, 09:23 PM
Does anyone know why Nadal was using a slice backhand (as default) against Simon? He was slicing more than hitting over it.

Makes no sense. He didn't play well because of this. I have never seen Nadal slice his backhand that much ever. If he was trying to mix it up, he still wouldn't slice it that much.

Is Simon known for his inability to reach low balls?

leng jai
01-29-2009, 09:26 PM
Nadull = tactical mastermind.

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 09:27 PM
He didn't play well because of this.

:lol:

Matt01
01-29-2009, 09:32 PM
Well, it worked, didn't it?

FedFan_2007
01-29-2009, 09:49 PM
Results... 6-2 7-5 7-5 whatever works...

GlennMirnyi
01-29-2009, 10:04 PM
Because he knew that Simon is a mega offensive player who hits ultra-flat and decided to mess up with his head taking off the heaviness of his shots.





Yeah right.

:haha:

Love over-analytical people.

PiggyGotRoasted
01-29-2009, 10:06 PM
Because he got told not to moonball so rather than flattening it out he sliced it.

guga2120
01-29-2009, 10:19 PM
He tried to overpower him in Madrid, and it did not work. So he just threw him alot of off speed stuff. Simon feeds off pace.

Nadal_Fanatic
01-29-2009, 10:24 PM
Simon can't attack off the slice. Nadal hitting flat would actually take time away from him since Simon has no problem with pace.

theDreamer
01-29-2009, 10:25 PM
He said in his post-match interview with eurosport that Simon likes to get into a
rhythm from the baseline so he tried to change things up to give him different
balls and different looks. :shrug:

MacTheKnife
01-29-2009, 10:41 PM
Most of the 2h guys are starting to work on this. It is a very effective shot when executed properly. Most of them simply are not used to using it, not strategic enough to know when to use it.

superslam77
01-29-2009, 11:07 PM
no more capri pants, no more sleeves, new haircut? and now slice instead of moonball :confused:

he is trying to be a hc player now since he won all in grass/clay?

superslam77
01-29-2009, 11:09 PM
next thing you know piggie has a nose surgery, butt liposuction and tail removed :confused:

l_mac
01-29-2009, 11:11 PM
Does anyone know why Nadal was using a slice backhand (as default) against Simon? He was slicing more than hitting over it.

Makes no sense. He didn't play well because of this. I have never seen Nadal slice his backhand that much ever. If he was trying to mix it up, he still wouldn't slice it that much.

Is Simon known for his inability to reach low balls?

Are you kidding? He was all slice, all the time at the beginning of last year.

He said after the match why he played the way he did. I didn't like it :D but he won so ... :shrug:

GlennMirnyi
01-29-2009, 11:24 PM
Simon can't attack off the slice. Nadal hitting flat would actually take time away from him since Simon has no problem with pace.

Nadull can't hit flat, so that wasn't an option anyway.

MsTree
01-29-2009, 11:27 PM
Simon can't attack off the slice. Nadal hitting flat would actually take time away from him since Simon has no problem with pace.

I think you win the prize for most sensible post in this thread ;)

kobulingam
01-29-2009, 11:32 PM
(My cousin tol me that) Courier thinks Nadal has an injury which is why he was excessively slicing the backhand.

If Nadal just wanted to change the rythme, he still wouldn't slice that much. Also, Nadal's level of play was way worse in that match than previous matches. Simon has a weak serve and no kill shots - Nadal should have murdered him.

I am suspecting that Nadal's right wrist could be sore.

MsTree
01-29-2009, 11:34 PM
Like he murdered him in Madrid? :lol:

kobulingam
01-29-2009, 11:42 PM
Like he murdered him in Madrid? :lol:

Simon played an awesome match and Nadal played a crappy crappy match with a bum knee.

trixtah
01-29-2009, 11:45 PM
He said it was one of his strategies against Simon

MisterQ
01-30-2009, 12:54 AM
Good question -- I was wondering this myself. At the time I wondered if he was tired or had lost confidence for some reason.

felipe2004
01-30-2009, 01:11 AM
When Monfils was doing it against Simon in the previous round, he was winning most of the points too. Apparently, Simon doesn't like it.

habibko
01-30-2009, 01:53 AM
one thing is for sure, this will NOT work against Federer, he will simply run around it and BOOM, the point is finished :devil:

kobulingam
01-30-2009, 01:55 AM
one thing is for sure, this will NOT work against Federer, he will simply run around it and BOOM, the point is finished :devil:

Fed and Nadal are SPPs = Slice-Proof-Players.

They can use their extremely fast raquethead speeds to uppercut the ball from it's low bounce over the net and dip it back into court.

Henry Chinaski
01-30-2009, 02:28 AM
Tonight will be revealing. Verdasco has been laughing at slice this week. Murray, Stepanek and Tsonga all tried it at times and he was able to attack off it, no problem whatsoever.

leng jai
01-30-2009, 02:33 AM
Nadull's slice is 10 times worse than those 3's.

Guy Haines
01-30-2009, 02:34 AM
I think you win the prize for most sensible post in this thread ;)

No kidding.

Sour grapes galore in this thread.

MalwareDie
01-30-2009, 05:37 AM
I encourage Mugboar to slice as much as he can so that he gets totally overwhelmed.