Would Nadal be as good if he's a righty?

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  1. hlkimfung

    hlkimfung Semi-Pro

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    in another word, does he fully utilize his lefty advantage?

    Nadal obviously not yet develope a big swinging serve to swing the opponent out on the ad court. Does he hit his FH with enough topspin that runaway from the opponent's BH?


    Some lefties utilize this born advantage more than some other lefties

    IMO, Mac, Goran, Korda, Muster, Rios, Vilas, Leconte. Arazi do

    Conners, Forget, Koubek, Lopez, Nieiemen don't

    thoughts?
     
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  2. johnmcc516

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    He would be good, but players like Fed wouldn't have as much of a problem against him.
     
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  3. VamosRafa

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    Goran Ivanisevic says yes to your second question: "[Nadal's] going to be very, very dangerous [especially on clay]. He has an unbelievably heavy forehand. For me, it's okay because it goes to my forehand, but against a right-hander, he will kill them with his forehand, they're going to jump out of the stadium. He's going to be very, very dangerous." (Estoril 2004)

    As for the first question, I don't think Rafa is taking full advantage of his lefty serving potential. He says he needs to work on that.

    How the left-handedness came about:

     
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  4. Kevin Patrick

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    Just read that Nadal is the 16th lefty to make the top 10 since the computer rankings started in 1973. The others:
    Laver
    Roche
    Orantes
    Tanner
    Connors
    Vilas
    McEnroe
    Leconte
    Forget
    Korda
    Ivanisevic
    Gomez
    Muster
    Rios
    Rusedski
     
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  5. andfor

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    Probly would not be as good but it really does not matter? Does it?
     
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  6. Young Pete

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    if nadal was actually a "natural" lefty then he would be dangerous....
    he is actually just a lefty in disguise. not a true lefty.
     
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  7. ragnaROK

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    lol. That's like talking about how much better Sampras would have been if he was lefty.
     
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  8. nkhera1

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    I think Federer and others would have an easier time against him because he heavy topspin forehand would be going into their forehand as opposed to the backhand. I've heard Nadal's forehand is nearly impossible for 1 handed players. However, I still think he would be a good player either way, its just that he may not be quite as good.
     
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  9. joeman957

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    He's about as lefty as anyone gets.
     
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  10. spinbalz

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    He would be Moya
     
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  11. Max G.

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    No, that's who he would be if he suddenly became a choker.
     
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  12. Chloe

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    Maybe he should play two fisted. I'd hate to have to wonder if he wouldn't have been more successful had he not at least given it a try!
     
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  13. SydW

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    Another paranoid Nadal fan.
     
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  14. swedechris

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    right hand

    he write with his right hand..( moya is the other way around !!) he = nadal ,can maybe play some decent tennisfor that side too.. but why bother..? he is already doing quite nicely ..
    he is here to stay and i predict he will give fed a lot to think about ..
    good for mens tennis.
    nadal has a physique and lungs that are well earned thru very hard training .. he moves like bjorn borg used to .. and volleys much better as he gains confidence ..
     
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  15. Chloe

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    I sense some paranoia here, but it's certainly not coming from me.

    Grow a sense of humour, dear.
     
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  16. SydW

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    I can tell the difference of genuine sense of humour and using the humour for disguise.

    If I'm wrong, I'm wrong but that's how I fee about you at this moment.
     
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  17. Chloe

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    No you can't.

    "Using humour as a disguise"! That's hilarious. And almost clever! You're clearly a step above, um, whatever their names were.

    Oh, you're also like, totally wrong. Feel free to mail me an apology when you're finished accepting your wrongness. I'll accept it, I promise.
     
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  18. SydW

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    Sure. A bouquet of flower is on the way too dear.
     
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  19. Chloe

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    Mmmm, flowers. Thanks!
     
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    If that's not enough, I promise to make you breakfast in bed tomorrow.
     
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  21. Andres

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    Exactly. Rafa Nadal isn't a natural left hander.
    I had the chance to speak with him in the ATP Buenos Aires, and he said he's a right-handed man, who plays left-handed. He got some advices from his uncle, and started playing left handed when he was like 6 years old.
     
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