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Nadal confirms he changed racquet, not strings. Thought of this for a while and now racquet ready. More spin and power, less control.
4:15 PM - 15 Apr 2015

Tal y como ayer informó Punto de Break, Rafael Nadal utilizaba una raqueta diferente durante sus entrenamientos en Montecarlo: la Babolat Aero Pro Drive 2016. El tenista español también ha competido hoy con este nuevo modelo ante el francés Lucas Pouille, logrando un resultado positivo (6-2, 6-1).

"Es un prototipo nuevo, conectada como la anterior, y Nadal la utilizará durante toda la temporada de tierra batida hasta Roland Garros", ha declarado Álex Pardo, director de Babolat en España, a la agencia EFE.

En la rueda de prensa posterior a su partido contra Pouille, Nadal ha confirmado este cambio, analizando las consecuencias que produce en su juego: "He cambiado la raqueta, pero no las cuerdas. Son las mismas"

"Los agujeros entre las cuerdas son un poco más grandes comparados con los de la otra raqueta. Decidimos cambiarla para intentar aumentar un poco más el efecto. Es verdad que con esta tengo menos control, aunque no hoy, pero eso es sólo en teoría. Lo que tengo es más fuerza y más efecto", ha declarado el tenista español. "Es un cambio y siempre hay riesgos cuando cambias cosas, pero me gusta la raqueta y continuaré jugando con ella", aseguró Nadal en Montecarlo.

Además, el jugador balear reconoció que se había planteado este cambio de raqueta durante la pretemporada, pero no tuvo tiempo suficiente para prepararla antes de volver a la competición. “Ahora está lista. No había cambiado de raqueta desde hace mucho tiempo, no me acuerdo exactamente. Es un cambio para intentar tener más efecto", afirmó Nadal.

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La raqueta que está usando en los entrenos el español no es una Aero Pro Drive Original normal pintada en ***** sino que es un prototipo de la Aero Pro Drive 2016 tal y como comentan en Tennis Warehouse. El patrón de cordaje vemos que es exactamente el mismo, 16x19, sólo que las cuerdas están mucho más espaciadas, lo que implica más control y menos potencia, tal y como podemos apreciar en la comparación de estas dos fotos.

Este prototipo podría ser lanzado durante el US Open 2015 y de llevarse a buen puerto, sería el arma que utilizaría Nadal a partir del año que viene. Que las cuerdas tengan un diferente drilling demuestra que Rafa está buscando nuevas cosas en su juego al igual que ya hiciera Roger Federer el año pasado al cambiar de raqueta con resultados más que exitosos. Además del cordaje, parece que el molde de la raqueta también sea diferente.

Con botón de on/off en la parte de abajo del marco de la raqueta, esta smart racquet recoge todos los impactos de pelota para un posterior análisis que pueden permitir a Rafa analizar sus golpes y poder mejorar en su juego y cambiar ciertos aspectos técnicos.



 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

in b4 jowilly and slade come to ruin this thread...
 
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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

Duh, it's marketing. What did you expect him to say? "This new racquet, that I'm paid to advertise, is worse than the old one".
 

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B*b*l*t and Nadal = invincible on clay

Oops, why he just couldn't defeat Djokovic in 2013 MC, 2014 Rome and a couple of occasions earlier?
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If it was the same racket they'd release a proper paintjob, this time it's a blacked out paintjob so I believe it is a new racket and Nadal even says he didn't change racket for a long while.

But of course because it's Nadal people claim it's a PR job.
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

B*b*l*t and Nadal = invincible on clay

Oops, why he just couldn't defeat Djokovic in 2013 MC, 2014 Rome and a couple of occasions earlier?
:haha:
Who cares?

Roland Garros 2013 Semifinals
Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7

Roland Garros 2014 Finals
Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

It's not about that, but about the myth of invincibility. That is gone, even on clay, for ever.
 

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new paintjob looks much nicer.
I hate the default babolat yellow/black stripes
 

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It's not about that, but about the myth of invincibility. That is gone, even on clay, for ever.
I'm still not sure many players have belief vs him at FO and lose to him before even stepping on the court. Djokovic has definitely proven he isn't invincible on clay, but Rafa at FO is a different animal. I think this is the year Novak wins the French though...
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

Nadal switching rackets just before clay? What could possibly go wrong?
 
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If it was the same racket they'd release a proper paintjob, this time it's a blacked out paintjob so I believe it is a new racket and Nadal even says he didn't change racket for a long while.

But of course because it's Nadal people claim it's a PR job.
Has nothing to do with Nadal, pro's don't switch racquets that easily, especially between 2 tournaments, its mostly only paintjobs. Switching in off season makes sense though.

Think about it, the guy is struggling with his confidence right now, the last thing he needs right now is to be unsure how his racquet is gonna perform in some tight situations.
 

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B*b*l*t and Nadal = invincible on clay

Oops, why he just couldn't defeat Djokovic in 2013 MC, 2014 Rome and a couple of occasions earlier?
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kind of a weak point to make that Nadal is not essentially invincible on the surface (up to this point) when he was won RG almost every season for the last decade and dominated every clay season

it would like me saying that Djokovic is not basically unstoppable at the Australian Open just because he lost to Wawrinka last year. kind of a moot point, unnecessary

his racquet probably is SLIGHTLY changed which is the basis in which they're saying this. I imagine its roughly the same though
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

If it was the same racket they'd release a proper paintjob, this time it's a blacked out paintjob so I believe it is a new racket and Nadal even says he didn't change racket for a long while.

But of course because it's Nadal people claim it's a PR job.
I do suspect its a slightly different racquet with just slight modifications. people are freaking out and saying its the same racquet but the odds are its been slightly adjusted to accomodate Nadal in some way (as happens pretty regularly season to season). bear in mind Nadal doesn't play quite the same as he did when he started out on tour, and he's been using the same racquet for that WHOLE time with a limited number of supposed 'racquet changes'. again, changes are probably minor but all the same
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

It's not about that, but about the myth of invincibility. That is gone, even on clay, for ever.
LOL you username says CYGS, and yet you know its impossible for Djokovic to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.
Your username is an epic failure, well chosen :yeah:
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

Has nothing to do with Nadal, pro's don't switch racquets that easily, especially between 2 tournaments, its mostly only paintjobs. Switching in off season makes sense though.

Think about it, the guy is struggling with his confidence right now, the last thing he needs right now is to be unsure how his racquet is gonna perform in some tight situations.
funny you say that considering Federer in recent seasons has changed his racquet multiple times in the middle of the season. so not sure you're quite right about that
 

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more effect = more top-spin = net-clearance will be beautiful this time :lol:
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

He's also switching doctors. His previous doctors didn't work their magic in the past year ;)
 

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Re: Nadal confirms racquet change:"I have more spin and power"

when he was won RG almost every season for the last decade and dominated every clay season
not the 2014 clay season: won only a Masters + RG from bigger tourneys
helped by an injured and a sick opponent in both finals

flopped in 2 tournaments, won Rio due to the biggest choke of all times (in SF)
wouldn't really call that real domination
 

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