Why is Rafa's indoor record so poor?

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  1. batz

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    And will it have any bearing if it rains a lot at Wimbledon?

    Rafa has only a single indoor title to his name - as opposed to 46 outdoors - why is this? Could whatever it is affect him @ Wimbledon?
     
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  2. lonux

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    He handles outdoor conditions better than most other players.

    For example, Söderling is usually heavily effected by wind and such, which is why he is a fantastic indoor player. Nadal is less effected by the conditions, hence why he is a "worse" indoor player.

    At least IMO.
     
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  3. North

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    Fast hard courts indoors. Controlled conditions indoors so less mental challenges (dealing with wind, sun, etc) for other players to mangage.
     
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    Nadal loves the elements, i.e. the wind, the sun, the physical endurance in such conditions etc.
     
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    he probably didn't grow up playing on indoor hard courts like all the Americans do.
     
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  6. fed_rulz

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    Explains why he's good outdoors, but does not explain why he is poor indoors.
     
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    Indoor courts allow for great ball strikers to excel the most and defensive moonballers don't have the wind and sun to protect their shots from getting smashed.
     
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    Nadal depends on bad bounces and other bad conditions to beat superior players such as Federer. In perfect conditions more talented players such Federer do not miss hit as much and control most of the points. When playing Federer indoors on a hard court Nadal obviously has no answer with his 1 dimensional "hit everything to bh until I get a miss hit" game and loses every single time by a pretty one sided score.

    Do not worry Nadal fans because Nadal can still win indoors against better players if following happens:

    a) the other player gets an eye injury and can't see (Novak WTF 2010)
    b) the other player is a big time choker on a big stage in given country (Murray WTF 2010)
    c) the other player is getting old and is way past his prime (Federer at WTF 2011 maybe? 2012 for sure?)
     
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    That doesn't really help to explain why Murray is good indoors.
     
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    The roof is too low.
     
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    There are only 3 important indoor tournaments and he reached the finals at all of them. It's not that bad.
     
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    Because indoor tennis is all about the tennis. Nothing else affects the balls nor the players. Indoor tennis really shows how good someone is at TENNIS, not how good someone is in handling the elements, i.e., wind, sun, heat, humidity, shadows, glare, rain, etc.

    Nadal is simply just not the best at TENNIS in and of itself. He's just the best at handling all the other stuff that happens during outdoor tennis because he's so mentally tough and doesn't let anything bother him.
     
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  13. Nadal_Power

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    I really don't care.. as long he holds best Open era percentage in Outdoor tournaments
     
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    That's a decent point - but his indoor record is still considerably worse. I'm not hating on him or anything - I'm genuinely interested as to why there is such a difference.

    Nobody has answered the second part yet - could it affect him @ Wimby if the roof is closed a lot?
     
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  15. batz

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    Yeah - thanks for sharing that with us mate. Got anything to say about the actual questions? Could it affect his Wimbledon?
     
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  16. TheNatural

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    how many best of 5 set matches has Nadal lost indoors?
     
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    (Indoor problem is a thing of the past. Rafa beat Murray and Djokovic at the 2010 Indoor World Tour Finals, and took a set off Federer in the Final. He rules every weakness in the end, and this appears to be no different, with plenty of years to win some Indoor WTFs)
     
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    How are we supposed to know? I have no idea.
    If the weather forecast is correct he will play with the roof closed on Monday. If he gets Isner or Karlovic... :?
     
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    If the only reason you posted here was to say how much you love Rafa we already know. Your nickname has Rafalove written all over your face.
     
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    Tennis was invented as an outdoor game. That is why it is called lawn tennis. Nadal remains true to the tradition and can handle the forces of Nature without whining.
     
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  22. Mustard

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    The lack of elements means that Nadal's opponents are not affected in the same way by Nadal's grinding, physical game. The indoor conditions enables Nadal's opponents to maintain greater concentration and have greater consistency with their own game.
     
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    Well thing is there aren't many important tournaments that are played indoors but also I think what bothers Nadal is:

    -Indoor conditions magnify the affect of the serve and I still maintain that ROS is one of the least strong elements in Nadal's game,keep in mind I mean ROS as a standalone shot not overall return game in which Nadal excels because of his speed,hands and overall slowed down courts in modern era.

    -Indoor conditions make the bounce more predictable and true which makes it easier for opponents to take the ball on the rise and move Nadal around the court.

    -The biggest indoor tourney is WTF(Masters Cup before)and Nadal did quite good there against anyone but Federer but that's mainly because HC they use there is relatively low bouncing which makes it harder for Nadal to kick the ball high up to Fed's BH,the ball comes more in Fed's strike zone.
     
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    One of Rafa's comparative advantages over the field is so nullified that he is relatively "disadvantaged by playing indoors. This is a case of semantics; he is not poor indoors but his superiority at managing the elements has no way of helping him distance himself there, and so, the gap between his play and that of his opponent is smaller where he loses more often as proof.
     
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  26. wilkinru

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    Indoors at Wimbledon should not bother him much. Other players may be quite happy for less wind and it might make it a bit tougher for Nadal.

    We'll see how fast center court is too.

    Nadal has the most spin in the game, thats why wind doesnt bother him a lot.
     
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  27. TennisBatman

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    Irrelevant...out of the 4 slams in a year, none of them is played on an indoor court.

    Would it be open for debate as to how good each player is on sand, for example?
     
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  28. TMF

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    Sure it is had there were events taking place on sand. The fact is we have indoor events and it’s Nadal worst result.
     
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    Because he was watching movies when he should have been practising!



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  30. fed_rulz

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    so nadal is not a good enough player to win if the elements are taken out of the equation? you make it sound as if every outdoor match is played in extreme conditions involving wind, rain or the sun? I don't think so...
     
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    That is what tennis is about LOL That is one of the few things that makes tennis so unique compared to any other sport int he history of the world. There as so many variables it is very easy to lose it mentally.

    Indoors is for the mentally weak players.
     
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  32. TennisFan3

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    Return of Serve.

    The ROS is the weakest part of Nadal's game (relatively speaking). And this aspect is exposed MOST indoors, as the server can just hit his spots. Ever wondered why Fed always serves lights out against Nadal, when he beats him indoors.
     
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  33. chrischris

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    Because he sucks indoors comaped to outdoors. There are at least 25 players that can beat him on a fast indoor court. i would think only like 10 guys can do it outdoors. Fed , Nole, Muzza, Sod, Ferrer,Raonic, Isner, Roddick ,Tsonga for example outdoors.
     
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    I didn't say that, but outdoor conditions with the elements do give Nadal more of an edge, an edge that doesn't exist indoors.
     
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  35. fed_rulz

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    I agree that taking the elements out serves to neutralize Nadal's edge, but IMO the edge is not very significant to begin with. Soderling or Berdych did not lose the FO final last year due to elements; Nadal is inherently superior to them on those surfaces. Likewise, elements played no role in Federer's defeats to Nadal; nor did the lack of it play any role in Nadal's defeats to Federer indoors.
     
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  36. Mainad

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    Raonic and Isner? They both lost all their outdoor encounters with Nadal.
     
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  37. chrischris

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    But on grass they might return the favor,or on a fast hard court in July or Aug/Sept..
     
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  38. bolo

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    Hard to say. But overall IIRC the murray/wawrinka indoor wimbledon didn't feel like a fast court match to me. Conditions seemed heavy and slow. Those conditions imo will help him vs. federer and hurt him vs. murray. Against djokovic it's harder to say.
     
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  39. Ralph

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    Best reply yet ;)

    On a serious note though regarding the roof at Wimbledon, I can't remember either Murray/Wawrinka or Djokovic/Rochus matches being fast with the roof closed. The glass house effect can kick in if they don't dehumidify correctly, so that will favour Ralph.

    Interestingly, neither of the matches mentioned above were late on in the championships, so how Ralph will cope with the roof covering a surface of worn out grass (which he himself stated is similar to clay by the end of the second week), we don't yet know.
     
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  40. tenniselbow1

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    One word: Speeeed! Fed owns Nadal when you speed up the game in any form. Reflexes better, smoother strokes, takes the ball earlier, "poetry in motion" running wild.. Here is a question.. 10-20 years from now how will the game be played? The game in my opinion is just going to get faster, much faster. When watching old you tube pics who's game is going to be more respected?:) Fed's style of game will stand the test of time in my opinion, more so than Rafa's.
     
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  41. Ralph

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    But Superman doesn't exist. Well, only in Ralph form ;)

    That's right, Lawn Tennis, outdoors. It's great that tennis is played on a lawn for 4 months of the year. Oops, sorry, make that 3 months. No, wait, that'll be 2 months... Hold on, I'll get there in a sec-

    LOL....... lol.... chuckle....LOL.............lol.

    Using your own theory, let's see how this pans out.

    The last WTF, which consists of the best 8 players in the ATP over the given year, was held in London. We know that Federer has mental issues when playing Ralph, nothing new here regardless of surface.

    So, what you're saying is that those who do better indoors are mentally weak?

    Didn't Ralph beat Nole and Murray in London? :shock:

    LOVeryL.
     
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  42. Rhino

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    Wimbledon is expected to be soaked!

    Awesome. It can only help Federer and hurt Nadal if Wimbledon becomes a temporary indoor tournament. :)

    Could make things really interesting actually if all the centre court matches are played under a roof. The rain will probably stop just in time for Nadal in the final.
     
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    Becuase

    It's his worst surface. Simple as that.

    Not that he can't play well on it, but with his game he isn't going be at his most dominant
     
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  44. mcr619619

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    because indoors doesn't have strong winds, sun glare, and it's less hotter (if it's a hot day)...which is, most of players is annoyed, while nadal rejoice,.. nadal opponents on indoor can concentrate more in playing, no winds, no glare, which really affects them, Nadal is also affected but not too much, because his superhuman ..

    *remember playing Badminton when i was 11yrs old, sunny day,sun glare really affected me, though i won the 1st set (cloud blocked the sun) while , i scored 0 points in the 2nd set(without the cloud),can't saw the shuttlecock, thank god there was a change-court, then i beaten the opponent easily, he never scored a point in the 2nd, THANKS SUN GLARE..LOL

    ^ that's an example of nature's power to affect a game..

    i do think that indoor game really show how a great player you are, all major sports but baseball should be play now on indoors, though tennis is LAWN TENNIS..

    im not hating on nadal, i respect him, but

    mother nature+nadal+slower outdoor courts = W..
     
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  45. TheTruth

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    I wonder if they knew that when the draw came out? Sounding very suspicious to me.
     
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  46. glazkovss

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    Because he plays too much in the first 2/3 of the year, so he has little left for fall indoor season.
    Actually he plays very few indoor tournaments comparing to outdoors
    - that is also a factor. Give us his w-l record in % outdoors and indoors to judge.
     
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  47. jrachiever

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    He induces fewer misshits from his opponents because of the controlled environment, and the surface is faster, allowing the biggest hitting players to hit through him, which they sometimes do on hard courts anyway.

    I think the speed of most indoor surfaces is the biggest factor and wouldn't expect a closed roof at Wimbledon to affect his chances much.
     
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    I thought most indoor tournaments used carpet as the surface, and that creates a lower ball bounce. And a lower ball bounce makes that high spinning Nadal forehand less vicious. Like at the Year End Championship last year when Fed took out Nadal.
     
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    Then why does Nadal play with a racquet? You do realize that tennis originally and traditionally for quite some time was played with your hand slapping a ball right?
     
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    This is priceless :))
     
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