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slicekick95
05-18-2009, 01:07 PM
... against Nadal. He hits such deep hard penetrating shots from the baseline, drawing short week replies from Nadal. At that point, Djokovic comes in with a GOOD approach shot, but it simply isnt good enough against Nadal. However, dont you think that if Djokovic came in after his baseline aggresive shots, he would have easier put-away volleys instead of the low-percentage drop volleys he is forced to play when he approaches off the short ball?

joeri888
05-18-2009, 01:17 PM
If Nadal's good, no tactic will do the trick. It's all about getting as close as possible. djokovic did the right thing against Rafa, but can still learn some things from Roger's match as well. For instance that it CAN pay off to be very aggressive, and that using a dropshot now and again is a good tactic as well.. I think Novak's got more potential to beat Nadal on clay because of his less error prone backhand, but he can learn some things still if he's ever to conquer Roland Garros.

LanceStern
05-18-2009, 01:30 PM
What is so tough about Nadal, and I think why people get so demoralized is that you have to play SO good the entire time in order to win.

You have to hit it deep and close to the lines or else he will get the ball back. And if you hit it short he's going to cream you

You have to be consistent because he's going to be pounding the ball at you with major topspin and kick.

You have to have a lot of stamina because he's going run you around the court.

You have to be ready to take the moments where he hits impossible winners, because he does.

You have to play near 95 - 100% the entire match, and mistakes are punished.

It can be very daunting. It's like the Federer of 2004-2006

gj011
05-18-2009, 01:52 PM
Nothing wrong with Novak's tactics against Nadal on clay. He did all the right things. It is just so damn hard to properly execute it during the whole match.

bruce38
05-18-2009, 02:17 PM
What is so tough about Nadal, and I think why people get so demoralized is that you have to play SO good the entire time in order to win.



It can be very daunting. It's like the Federer of 2004-2006

This sums it up quite well (except for the grammar :) ).

user92626
05-18-2009, 02:25 PM
One proven winning tactic is to get the guy tired like the recent Madrid final. Nadal wasn't playing against Fed, who played more or less the same, the same he usually does.

Satch
05-18-2009, 02:27 PM
Djoker is learning to play against Rafa day by day, in one year they should be pretty much competitive on clay.

sh@de
05-18-2009, 07:52 PM
What if you combine both Djoker and Fed's tactics... that would make for a very interesting way to try and beat Nadal. Smash his second serves... hit deep, penetrating shots, especially to Nadal's backhand (and make'em bounce high up). Serve aggressively, first and second, make sure to hit enough inside outs to keep Nadal guessing. Come to the net a couple of times, don't be afraid when he passes you... what else? Drop shots.

If, and ONLY IF, this tactic is executed to perfection for the whole match, do you think Nadal would be beaten?