The exact same Nadal, but right handed - how good?

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  1. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

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    Would it matter in terms of results?

    Playing a lefty is always tricky. To me, the opponent loses a little bit of anticipation, unless they regularly play against lefties.

    Obviously, general skills and competitive nature and willingness to fight are much more important, and Nadal has all of that to the Nth degree.

    So, would his results be basically the same if he was right handed?
     
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  2. VAmazona

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    I think he hits more winners because his forehand plays to peoples backhands. Granted, if he were right-handed it would be a two handed backhanded hitting to other backhands, but the range of motion is lost. As a righty, he'd be running a bit more since he'd have more balls returned. His serve might be better, and the same theory (at least in my mind) applies.
     
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  3. War Safin!

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    Federer would have 13 Slams and Nadal would have none.
     
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  4. Zaragoza

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    Yes, and as a lefty forehands from his opponents usually go to his backhand. Did you forget that?
    Nadal is actually a right-handed who learned to play tennis as a lefty and that is a great merit from him. It´s amazing to have that forehand being naturally right-handed. I think that´s one of the reasons why he can make so many passing shots with his two-handed backhand, because he is naturally a righty. I don´t think it would change things too much. How good would be other naturally right-handed players playing as lefties? That could be another question.
     
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  5. Moose Malloy

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    Threads like this crack me up. Its exactly what many said about McEnroe 20-30 years ago.

    I wonder if anyone questions if randy johnson would have 5 cy youngs if he was righty?
     
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  6. The Gorilla

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    you mean moya?
     
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