Stroke comparison-Connors-Nadal

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  1. pc1

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    I suppose I was inspired a bit by Agassiman's thread on a comparison of Connors' serve and Agassi's serve and Thalivest post 5 in that thread. I figured I'd expand it to a comparison of strokes between Jimmy Connors and the current number one player Rafa Nadal. The comparison will assume both players are at their peak level. Connors would be around 1974 to 1976 or so and Rafa would be what he is now. Of course Rafa may get even better in the future.

    You should compare

    serve
    forehand
    backhand
    volley
    return of serve
    movement
    mental game
    stamina
    defensive game

    There is no right or wrong answer. I'm just curious about the opinions and analysis here. Who would be the overall winner here? This is all very subjective.
     
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    If you gave them both a T2000, I'd definitely say Connors would be better overall:)

    Otherwise I'd say Nadal would be ahead on all criteria except:-

    Volley
    Return of serve
    Mental Game
    Stamina
     
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    Serve- Nadal
    Return of Serve- Connors
    Forehand- Nadal by huge margin
    Backhand- Connors on hard courts, Nadal on clay, not sure on grass
    Movement- Nadal
    Defensive Game- Nadal
    Mental Game- Nadal, despite that both were amazing here
    Stamina- Nadal
    Volley- Connors by alot
     
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    I can't really disagree much with that:)

    I think though if playing in their 30's rather than at their peak, Connors would have the better Stamina, in fact Connors would be better on all counts then, as Nadal will have retired!!!
     
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    I agree with that. Nadal's stamina will not be nearly as lasting as Connors. He will start losing stamina as early as just after turning 24 most likely. He will still win alot probably around that point, but his stamina will drop off quite a bit from what it is now. In addition he will start losing speed around then, and his mental game will suffer some when these things start to suffer. He will not be even playing tennis in his 30s I think, never mind winning slams and being in slam finals in his 30s like Connors.
     
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    Nadal is better at the net than you think he is.
    He has better hands than most.
    He just doesn't often have the opportunity to demonstrate this in today's game.

    Unfortunately, we're not likely to see that aspect of his game very much, as, if the net game ever does return to tennis, it'll likely be after Nadal retires.
     
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    Both are totally different players. I see Connors' strokes are that of a perfect tennis instructor on the video or illustrated in books and magazines, knees bent footwork in place, racquet back, swing through, no big loops....while Nadal is almost like self taught...a bit rough, but it works for him...I'm a fan of the big looping topspin forehands :)
     
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    They aren't completely different players, but I know what you mean. Their forehands are very different. I'd love to see Nadal trying to hit those horrible big looping forehands with a T2000:)
     
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    That T2000 was a horrible racket to control. I don't how Connors did it.

    Yes it would be very funny to see Nadal hit with a T2000. Some shots may be mishit into the stand.

    Connors forehand was super flat while Nadal had ultra topspin on it but they both were great lefty baseliners.
     
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