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Manhattan
09-17-2012, 01:48 AM
After watching many Nadals vids on Youtube, I noticed Nadal's changed his forehand take back a little bit.
First watch this video of FYB which has been filmed in 2009:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soADAL_uGs8
Now watch him 1 year later in Monte Carlo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s6o66M1Lsg

In the first vid, you can see an extra movement at the end of take back, he supinates a little bit and then pronates. But when you look at his recent videos you can easily see he has no supinations whatsoever on his take back.

It was just interesting to me how a pro improves and modifies his technique even when he's at the top of the game. Maybe it's not just about talent, they do think about their technique and modify it if it's not perfect.

kaku
09-17-2012, 01:50 AM
Look at the strokes of pros in 2008 and now and they all have differences

tennisMVP
09-17-2012, 02:24 AM
Nadal does seem to modify his game more than most.

Manhattan
09-17-2012, 02:53 AM
Nadal does seem to modify his game more than most.
Yes, I agree, specially his serve motion, tried different stances, different arm actions and ...

tennisMVP
09-17-2012, 03:02 AM
Yes, I agree, specially his serve motion, tried different stances, different arm actions and ...

And also tactically he'd change from opponent to opponent. The one that shocked me the most was when he played Simon at the 2009 Australian Open. Nadal decided to hit about 80% slice backhands compared to only 20% 2-handed backhands. Hard to imagine him doing that, but he won in straight sets (after losing to Simon late in 2008 ).