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Old 03-14-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Topspin, not slice.

Obviously the answer is none of them, but if forced to be a rightie with a one handed-backhand, whose would you pick to play against the Nadal forehand?

Bonus points for backing up your answer with analysis as to why the biomechanics/grip/technique of your chosen player's backhand make him more favourable against Nadz.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

absolutely wonderful question. i have no idea

if I absolutely have to choose one, I'd say Wawrinka on his day.
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Youzhny and Blake have respectable H2Hs against Nadal.
Lopez has a couple of wins over him too.
Fed I'm sure has the most wins over Nadal for a one hander.
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Can't be fucked with an analysis since I am posting with my phone, but, Drugsquet's BH would be my pick. Main reason being is that he doesn't seem to struggle with topspin
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #6
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

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Youzhny and Blake have respectable H2Hs against Nadal.
Lopez has a couple of wins over him too.
Fed I'm sure has the most wins over Nadal for a one hander.
I don't think that's primarily due to his BH.

oh, and Stan when on. Really could have picked up a win v Nadal by now, especially in the Miami/Toronto matches, head lets him down too often. He actually hasn't even won a set
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

I would pick Wawrinka's BH. He has a very strong wrist and can cause Nadal a world of problems (as seen in their matches). It's his mentality that has not allowed him to get closer if not score a victory against Nadull, even on clay. Similarly, Blake had a power OHBH so that's another reason he's done well.

Dimitrov did well against Nadal in 2009 in Rotterdam (although admittedly that was a small tournament) as he plays a similar type of backhand. Federer's backhand is very spinny sometimes and relies on timing which can be easily influenced by annoying spin and outside conditions.
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Ljubicic by far is the best one I have seen against Nadal, height is the most important factor here.

Even great topspin backhands like Gasquet and Haas look avarage against Nadal.
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

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I would pick Wawrinka's BH. He has a very strong wrist and can cause Nadal a world of problems (as seen in their matches). It's his mentality that has not allowed him to get closer if not score a victory against Nadull, even on clay. Similarly, Blake had a power OHBH so that's another reason he's done well.

Dimitrov did well against Nadal in 2009 in Rotterdam (although admittedly that was a small tournament) as he plays a similar type of backhand. Federer's backhand is very spinny sometimes and relies on timing which can be easily influenced by annoying spin and outside conditions.
Federer's backhand is great indoors against Nadal, I am sure he also would have no problem against Nadal in Rotterdam with low bounces and no wind or uneven bounces.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

With Ljubicic's gone, maybe Almagro's. Almagro has the game to beat Nadal, even on clay, just can never quite do it
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Gaudio's backhand did held-up-ish against Rafa's forehand. Guga's would also be a good pick.
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Honestly, he's so tall this would be true if his backhand was anything but incredibly awful
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Default Re: Whose one-hander would you pick against Nadal's forehand?

Nole plays a 1 handed backhand slice about 0.5% of the time.
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