With a confrontation looming at WTF, or even earlier in Paris, how should Nadal turn around his year against Djokovic?
OMG this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO true, usually "NATURAL" left handers tend to do better at out-wide serves than any other righties(including Nadal), this is a great point especially when you brought up Kvitova(a.k.a. Kvitty), when i saw her play in Linz she was jus a BEAST, i mean yes she makes crazy easy errors but when her groundies are solid and consistant NO ONE can touch her, and her SERVE is such a deadly weapon, yes its not big, but jus enough can be extremely dangerous, especially if you add that side spin at the last second, this is why i major respect for left-hand players because their game is so exciting to watch, and Nando and Feli are incredible w/ their serves, Nandos best serve is actually down the T, i saw him use that serve most of the time and it works wonders for his game while his good friend Feli best serve is out-wide serve, i think Nadal should look at Kvitova matches on how to serve because shes serves incredibly well under pressure, and look up to his friend feli and nando for advice on how to tinker the serve,Some poster on this forum (Pirata I think) mentioned Nadal has trouble creating the sharp out-wide angle when serving because he's not a natural lefty like Lopez and Verdasco are. Could there be some truth in that? If you watch Lopez serve out wide the angle is absolutely sick, he wins so many free points with that lefty serve... Nadal these days, not so much. I've been watching the newly hyped ballbasher lefty Kvitova on WTA tour and embarrassingly, even she can create a better angle with her serve than Nadal.
He should really hire a serve coach, his problem is NOT ground game (although he could incorporate DTL backhand into his arsenal), but serve, I've said a million times I think. Not only is his first serve shit right now, his second serve, which used to be decent and reliable has deteriorated (just watch how many times Nadal DF'd this year)
Yep, Nadal is really vulnerable to players like Dodig, Fish, Murray, but when the slams come, those guys seem to fade. Nadal beat Murray at the US Open for the first time ever, and is 4-1 vs Murray this year, including 3-0 in slams this year. The gap has never been greater.Maintain what level? The one where he went from being a set up against Murray in a final to being bageled by him in the deciding set? Or the one where he crashed out to Florian Mayer?
It's pretty clear that Djoko2.0 has stolen Nadal's mojo, and until Nadal beats him he's not getting it back- he'll just become more vulnerable to other players like what happened to Fed after losing on Grass and Hard to Nadal.
7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4yeah because he did a great job this year....4-1 for Nole
I do vaguely remember saying something about them having an advantage with a lefty serve, so you might be rightSome poster on this forum (Pirata I think) mentioned Nadal has trouble creating the sharp out-wide angle when serving because he's not a natural lefty like Lopez and Verdasco are.
Maintain what level? The one where he went from being a set up against Murray in a final to being bageled by him in the deciding set? Or the one where he crashed out to Florian Mayer?It won't matter what Nadal does, Djokovic is heading for early retirement with a back injury like this at age 24. Nadal just has to maintain his level. Nadal and Murray will be top 2.
The only reason for that is that Djokovic decided to bail on Murray and DelPo to steal their victory away, where as he knew all he to do was get past Olderer to the final where Nadal would roll over, so he fought till the end at the FO.7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4
6-7(5), 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5)
6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
Their three slam meetings have all been VERY close and had Muger Chokerer o) gotten his shit together and taken that second MP at USO, he would've beaten Novak twice. Out of the two, Roger is the only one who held a two-set lead over Novak in a slam and he did it twice on two different surfaces, winning one and mugging up and losing the other.
He's the only person to record a legitimate win over Novak this year and there's a reason for that.