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Because Nadal's game is so unique, that players in general can't replicate in training, or what.
He seems to do much better than the others in Big 3.

Any thought on this?
 

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Because he's better, was this really a difficult?
 
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Nadal's game is unique with his heavy lefty spin so it takes more time for the players to adapt to it. Next year they'll start beating him more regularly.
 

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His unique game is part of it, players need a couple of games to get used to it.

But the premise of the question is based on an illusion. Rafa lost to Tsitsipas on clay and was demolished by Zverev at the ATP Finals. An exhausted Medvedev took him all the way at Flushing Meadows. If Rafa had had more taxing quarters or semis, the result would have been different. Equally, Medvedev took Rafa's game apart in London, only a bad attitude let Rafa back in. And Rafa's win over Tsitsipas was effectively a dead rubber.

Rafa will continue to withdraw from tournaments when he doesn't feel 100% and thereby preserve this illusion for as long as he can, but the truth is that all of the best young guys can beat all of the Big 3 a good deal of the time.
 

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Because Nadal's game is so unique, that players in general can't replicate in training, or what.
He seems to do much better than the others in Big 3.

Any thought on this?
Good on baseline, very reliable in defense, sharply counterattack, left-handed, constant topspin.
 

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His game is harder for next gen to adapt to but they’re starting to get to him as Doublefaultrev made him his bitch in London and Medvedev nearly beat him twice despite exhaustion the first time and shit mentality cost him the second time. The other big 3 guys always beat him at this point if it’s not clay so Dull’s reign is coming to an end I’m afraid.
 

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i think its the topspin, Nadal is quite unique in his style- tough for the younger guys to get used to playing somebody with that forehand weapon
 

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His unique game is part of it, players need a couple of games to get used to it.

But the premise of the question is based on an illusion. Rafa lost to Tsitsipas on clay and was demolished by Zverev at the ATP Finals. An exhausted Medvedev took him all the way at Flushing Meadows. If Rafa had had more taxing quarters or semis, the result would have been different. Equally, Medvedev took Rafa's game apart in London, only a bad attitude let Rafa back in. And Rafa's win over Tsitsipas was effectively a dead rubber.

Rafa will continue to withdraw from tournaments when he doesn't feel 100% and thereby preserve this illusion for as long as he can, but the truth is that all of the best young guys can beat all of the Big 3 a good deal of the time.
Nah just missed the point
Which is head 2 head.
 

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Players before Nadal are 2-dimensional: depth and angle. Nadal introduced the third dimension, bounce height, into the game through heavy topspin, making the game truly 3-dimensional. It is hard to hit deep and wide, but there is no conceptual challenge evolved. However, it is extremely hard to transcend from 2-dimension to 3-dimension. He revolutionized the game.
 

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Nadal's lefty game with heavy topspin on slow low bouncing courts make it difficult for the next gen or any player from this era for that matter to handle him. He is a product of the modern era and technology using composite racquets that changed the game of tennis forever. Give him an older metal racquet or a wooden one, and he wouldn't even be top 100 in the rankings.
 
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