Federer embraces Nadal's forehand! (Official)

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  1. billnepill

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    Fed was playing around on the exos mimicking Nadal's strokes.
    Here is a video from the 2nd round in Doha in which he executes Nadal's forehand really well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atJoyPDAsNM&feature=player_detailpage#t=248s

    Does he prepare for mega top spin strokes for the RG or what ? :twisted:

    The question is when will we see the double-hander BH in official action?
     
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    Lol, I can even hear a grunt !
     
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    that's 1 year ago...
     
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    *facepalm*

    Yeah, I should get used to 2011

    It is fun though, all this mimicking and grunting. He did embrace this stroke minus the enormous pace Nadal puts into it. He demonstrated it on the exos.

    Watch out then! He is coming with a new version of Nadal's forehand into AO, and we know what happened last year. :D
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    Federer hitting a reverse forehand is nothing new. The reverse forehand existed prior to Nadal. Sampras hit the reverse forehand when on the run.

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  7. bolo

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    He's done it more often in the last couple of years.
     
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    Very true.
     
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    any shoulder high running fh with a somewhat closed grip will result in a RFH...

    god knows how many times the frame goes around my head...

    yet it would seem that Nadal invented it...:)
     
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    surely Nadal's influence... :rolleyes:
     
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    Been watching some old Sampras matches and noticed most of his forehands actually resembles Nadal's technique. Even when set, he would hit the reverse forehand most times. Didn't create as much spin as Nadal. I never really noticed it till of late. LOVE Sampras' running forehand!
     
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    he looked a little out of breath on some points...
     
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    Have you read this article by Robert Lansdorp: http://www.active.com/tennis/Articles/The_Reverse_Forehand_Finish.htm

    -SF
     
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    Most players use reverse forehand when on run to the right (righty's)... it's hard to finish across the body on the dead run....

    Fed has always used that shot, just not as much as Nadal...It's harder with Fed's grip (Extreme Eastern) and a bit easier with the Western Grip like Nadal uses... (4 1/2, 4 1/2)....
     
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    Yeah i can understand why people use it. I'm probably one of only a few more comfortable finishing across the body on the run, but obviously because of that I'm limited to what I can really do with the ball..
     
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    It's fascinating that this particular forehand style is now regarded by many fans as the 'Nadal forehand'. More power to him.

    Although one has to admit that if the motivation is to fully 'embrace' the Nadal forehand, Mr. Federer needs to work on his biceps :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Exactly. What makes Nadal different is that he does it regardless of in which direction he's coming and going, he does it by default, even when he's laterally moving/stepping back in the opposite direction AWAY from his forehand side (contrary to the way Fed/Samps/Lindsay were moving in the videos that were posted)
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  21. sureshs

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    As well as the butt picking and delaying tactics
     
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  22. SFrazeur

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    Yes. The difference is not in the of the technique of the stroke, but in the application of the stroke.

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