2014 FO Final Extended Highlights

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  1. MichaelNadal

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  2. SoBad

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    Djokovic played so well, especially in the first set, what a fighter.
     
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    It's certainly nice getting to see more than 3 frickin minutes of the match again.
     
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    Those half-volley forehands from the baseline have become Nadal's speciality. What timing!!!
     
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    Nadal can take the ball as early or as late as he wishes.
     
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    This gif needs to be shown to certain posters who keep whining how Nadal's BH abuse. Often they seem to forget Nadal has by far the best down the line forehand in the game. Nadal turned the match around by 'abusing' Nole's FH with his 100 mph DTL and I/O FHs but yea he is a moonballer.
     
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    His DTL forehand is exceptionally good. Have you noticed how Djokovic is often forced to hit a forehand slice in order to counter Nadal's forehand? Even when he sees it coming, he can't set up hit a regular forehand of it. This is especially true on clay.
     
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    he moves them out of the way with backhand abuse first
     
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    Indeed, he either bunts it with a fh slice or throws it up in the air for an easy smash. To me its the shot which turned the tide in Nadal's favor in this matchup excluding indoors and dead slow/low HC (Miami) where Djokovic can still track it down due to his godly flexibility.

    He always had this shot but he was hesitant to use it early in the rally and as a 1-2 punch. But since 2013, he has been using it far more frequently and boy is it deadly when he gets good width on it.

    Nice to see some fair Fed fans appreciating Nadal's shotmaking skills.
     
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    http://m.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/06/23/Roland-Garros-Brain-Game-Nadal-Djokovic-Final.aspx

    Nadal struck 13 DTL winners in the final. 4-5 of them were 1-2 punches. How else is he supposed to hit FH DTL winners if he isn't moving players out of the way? We rarely counter DTL to DTL winners in the game and there too Nadal is one of the best when he hits running banana dtl.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnIgaSxa7ts&feature=youtu.be&t=6m52s
     
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    Thanks for sharing
     
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    As I've been saing for the last 12 months, Nadal intentionally plays less DTL forehands in non-slams. And no I'm not saying Nadal doesn't try to win their non-slam meetings. I'm saying that the more you use "the key" the less effective it is. So Nadal is careful not to overuse it. He saves heavy use of it for their slam meetings. Its a rule he's sticking to regardless of results. Its incredible self-discipline.
     
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  15. Backspin1183

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    what's wrong with abusing Fed's inconsistent backhand? The guy has no answer for moonballs and you call him the goat? Lol
     
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    Exactly (although they obviously aren't moonballs). Nadal is making a fool out of Federer by exposing his backhand. Its became obvious that Federer's backhand is weaker than the weak wing of many other greats.
     
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    i am not sure if he plays it less in non-slams... but as Nadal himself said in his conversation with Charlie Rose, his forehand DTL is the barometer to judge his game against Djokovic. When its on, he is able to handle Djokovic's outstanding and balanced ground game. Personally, I still think Nadal's reliance on the forehand DTL is not the perfect and long term solution against Djokovic ; he should instead focus on perfecting a reliable backhand DTL. but who am i to advise Nadal? haha. Vamos!
     
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    I like that they call it "moonball". It shows Federer is a weak player whose kryptonite is the moonball. I think I can beat this peak Federer.
     
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