Tennis Channel broadcast the Madrid Masters final between Nadal and Coria last night, which happened four years ago I think. Did anyone else catch it? I noticed some differences in how Nadal played then compared to how he plays now. Back then, Nadal cracked every backhand. He rarely took his other hand off the racket, and he didn't hit 1HBH slice much if at all. Now, Nadal seems slow moving to his BH side, often arriving too late to drive the ball. He's slicing a lot, and I think it is getting him into some trouble. The other thing is speed. Young Rafa was crazy fast. He tracked down Coria's barrage of drop shots, usually arriving in plenty of time to hit aggressively. I think now Nadal is a tad slower, which is affecting the rest of his game. He even seemed a bit slimmer through his hips and legs, so maybe the extra weight is slowing him down? I am surprised to see such a big difference (and frankly, a big decline) in a young athlete in just a few years. Maybe Uncle Tony needs to get a bit more involved in Nadal's training.