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Medved
06-06-2008, 04:58 PM
What grip does he use? How in the world does he come up with such pace when he is hitting on the run like that? How many pro players hit their backhands with open stances like Nadal does? Does he hit his backhand harder than his forehand, it certainly looks flatter and faster often times.

Seriously, it must be so frustrating to play this guy. You have no choice but to try to be aggressive as the opponent. You hit one or even two great shots to put him on the run. Then he not only runs the ball down but he comes up with an open stance sliding bullet from outside the doubles alley seemingly twice as hard as his normal strokes. Even when guys stay back they get passed, let alone when they come to the net.

I remember watching Pete Sampras dare guys to stretch him out on his forehand side, but Nadal seems to be able to do it on his backhand side as well.

daddy
06-06-2008, 05:33 PM
He feeds of your pace when under attack and does the best job in pro tennis to turn it into his advantage. Some shots other players barely get a racket to - he returns with a vengence and that's the key for his backhand, besides not being vulnerable because of consistancy and no problems with high balls or spinny balls on that side.

haerdalis
06-06-2008, 05:50 PM
Yeah it is an amazing shot. So to beat him it seems you need to be able to attack the forehand. Easier said than done on clay.

Defcon
06-06-2008, 06:00 PM
The secret to Nadal's bh is that he is right handed, and thus can use his right hand to generate enormous forces and angles.

All good 2 handed bh's depend on the non-dominant hand, in Nadal's case it IS the dominant hand!

Medved
06-06-2008, 06:49 PM
So would it be possible for someone with normal to above average nondominant hand dexterity to be able to do this or do you have to really be "right handed," to hammer and control an open stance backhand like that?

Medved
06-06-2008, 06:50 PM
Yeah it is an amazing shot. So to beat him it seems you need to be able to attack the forehand. Easier said than done on clay.

I can't really see anyone beating him. It seems more wise for younger players to try to copy him.

zacinnc78
06-06-2008, 09:41 PM
The secret to Nadal's bh is that he is right handed, and thus can use his right hand to generate enormous forces and angles.

All good 2 handed bh's depend on the non-dominant hand, in Nadal's case it IS the dominant hand!
well said...

Nadal_Freak
06-06-2008, 09:48 PM
Nadal hits harder with the backhand but the forehand is where he gets most of his winners from.

herosol
06-06-2008, 09:52 PM
In my opinion is a combination of various things
(1) Technique obviously, (2) His God-Given Racket Head Speed, (3) Foot Speed to allow him to get into a somewhat good position for chasing, and (4) Belief and Tenacity that mentally allows him to do the shots that overcome his opponent's trust.

Political Thunder
06-06-2008, 09:59 PM
Nadal hits harder with the backhand but the forehand is where he gets most of his winners from.

Can't that be said for any pro? When they get a short in the service box its going to finished by their forehand in most cases.