I would argue that in case of Nadal it is not exactly
spin AND pace, but rather
spin OR pace
I mean statistically his forehands land more in the middle of the court and then bounce high because of all those rpms. During USO 2009 he hit more flat, penetrating shots instead of his usual spin and it took many by surprise when his forehands landed so deep all the time. But then he went back to his all spin game.
There is an advantage to this spin only game as one does not allow opponent to feed off pace and forces him to develop his own power all the time (and that's what 2011 Djokovic did brilliantly with all those shoulder level backhands) . But then you better be ready for this defensive/survival game and chase every ball the opponent tries to nail (younger/healthier Nadal style)
Last edited by maxpotapov : 10-07-2012 at 03:21 AM.