Nadal's serve

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  1. Roforot

    Roforot Professional

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    One thing that's impressed me is how much bigger his serve looks recently. I remember last year, almost all of his serves looked like they were just being spun in, then in french open, I thought they looked stronger, but definitely from Wimbledon his serves are much more potent. I mean his aces before were kind of trickly slicing serves that caught people off guard, but now he's putting it past people and it's hitting the backwall w/ good pace!


    Whenever a developed player makes that kind of stroke improvement, I'm always curious b/c it may help me to make my own breakthroughs? Did he get a special coach, change his gear, or has he been practicing more on the serve? Or do you think it's just the grass is making his serve big?
     
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  2. Roforot

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    ?No other thoughts or observations?
    To give another example of a pro making a significant improvement is James Blake's backhand. I find at pro level they improve their mental and fitness but not often their strokes which are so grooved. I don't use 1handed bh but am curious also about Blake did it. However, I do have a lefty serve... :)
     
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  3. naturalgut

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    Yeah, i noticed that Nadal is getting more power on his serve this year too. I'm not sure what he worked on though, and I still think his serve on the Ad side is too predictable (Always swinging to his RH opponent's backhand). As good as his serve has been this year, I don't think that its as good a stroke as the rest of the top ten.
     
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  4. unjugon

    unjugon Rookie

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    I kinda agree with this. Looking at Blake´s backhand one would think it´s a weird, weak shot which he hits without confidence...whereas in reality he rarely misses from that side.

    Ok so it´s not the best backhand in the world? It doesn´t need to be, it does just fine. Besides, Blake´s problem is in his head, not with his strokes.
     
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  5. Roforot

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    I'd agree it's probably not as good as the other top 10, but it's definitely gone from being a liability to a weapon of sorts. I remember that he rarely got cheap points w/ his serve and it seemed like he held based on his groundstrokes and had to use a fair amount of energy. A bigger serve should prolong his career. Looking at his groundstrokes I couldn't believe he wasn't hitting a harder serve like all of the other Spanish players!

    I read somewhere that Dementieva had sought out Richard Kraijeck to work on her serve, and he reported that she sort of had a pretty decent serve in practice. She's another player who's going to dominate like Nadal once she gets her head together about her serve.
     
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