Of course matchup issues can be overcome. The best example for delPo, though, would be the 2009 USO final, a good Federer is definitely the worst matchup on tour for him, yet delPo beat him when the stakes were the highest after being stomped a lot of times before and after that match.Maybe it will be interesting to discuss how some players can try overcome these match-up issues.
We saw Del Potro overcome his match-up issue against Ferrer at Wimbledon by playing more aggressively from the baseline.
Is there any measures players can take to try overcome some on these match-up issues?
We'll have to wait and see, but I'd expect a fit Nadal to still have the edge. Murray's improvements are overrated anyway; not saying there are no improvements at all, but they are pretty marginal. He was always capable of beating Djokovic, Fedal are a declined force (and Nadal was absent last year), while the non-top 4 field gets weaker by the week.i'd love to hear about Murray/Nadal Match-up, would the current Murray (improved serve and forehand) farewell against Nadal's controlled aggression?
How's it overrated in your opinion?We'll have to wait and see, but I'd expect a fit Nadal to still have the edge. Murray's improvements are overrated anyway; not saying there are no improvements at all, but they are pretty marginal. He was always capable of beating Djokovic, Fedal are a declined force (and Nadal was absent last year), while the non-top 4 field gets weaker by the week.
I don't think Murray is doing anything post-2012 that he wasn't capable of doing before. His improved success has been a combination of managing to peak at the right times (improved tenfold at Slams, worse at Masters), increased belief and a significant dip in the level of competition: Federer is totally gone, Nadal was out for a long time and not in his peak anyway, and the field below the top 4 is only getting weaker.How's it overrated in your opinion?
As far as i know, Nadal's bread and butter play against murray is to target his weaker wing forehand and hope it breaks down (aka Wimbly2011/USO2011), The shot now itself is way better thanks to lendl and as we seen against Federer this year it was dictating the rallies, Nadal's only advantage i see him taking on murray outside the clay is Murray's Mental strength which is guees we're going to see if both meet at the USO this year (i hope).
So tactical aspect, I think current Nadal Doesn't Have what it takes to Bring Down Murray outside clay.
I agree. The field has just weakened. Federer's decline is apparent, Nadal hasn't been a factor in Slams off clay for a while, although that might change, del Potro keeps getting a new injury every other week... the rest of the field are just not good enough to challenge for major titles and there hasn't been new talent breaking through for years now.I actually agree with regards to Murray. He was beaten by a not-at-all-great Federer last year at the O2. I would certainly like to see Federer play Murray after Ferrer in the QFs of the USO if the seedings play out as expected and he reaches that stage.
I think his mentality to attack with the FH has improved and he believes more but he is still prone to leaking errors, as his aggressive game is just not as good or reliable. His BH has also deteriorated.
Yes as you say it could be something relate to the effect that Nadal puts on their balls when serving. Probably Berdych and Wawrinka as you say are one of the players that suffer more with Nadal serve.Obviously if this was easy to analyse, more players would be serving like that against Berdych You can see Nadal often serves with a lot of spin out wide, but there are probably specific spots that really trouble Berdych even more. It'd be interest to see some charts of Nadal's serving placement against Berdych though (and Wawrinka while we're at it, Nadal looks like a servebot every time he faces those two).
And yes, big hitters are all different; there seems to be the myth that big hitters at their best will beat Nadal always, but of course that's not the case. It might be true for some big hitters (emphasis on some), but not for most.
I didn't know that. Serve to the body in the important points is something common. Maybe Berdych dislikes more when players are serving to his body but I expected something related to put the ball in an specific zone with an specific effect. I have the feeling that Nadal uses more patterns when serving against Berdych.Yes he did. Fognini said in the interviews that Nadal suggested him to serve at the body in crucial points.
"Nadal mi ha detto di servirgli al corpo"
Hewitt can eat up Delpo's pace easier than most and his redirection ability is outstanding. He has very good passing shots, is a good returner.Hewitt/Del Potro. Interested to know what happens here.
Interesting that a lot of Potro's bad match-up's are from the so-called weak era.
Head to head is tight because Verdasco played Djokovic two times in 2005 and 2006 when Djokovic was playing qualies to get in slams or masters main draws. Also they met two times in 2010 when Djokovic tried a different serve motion.What about Verdasco/Djokovic?