Originally Posted by corners
Thanks. I'll have to go back and watch that one. Haven't seen it in over six years
Do you think it was immediately after that match that Toni and Rafa resolved to attack the slice mercilessly? Nowadays, Rafa seems utterly committed to attacking the slice with the forehand whenever he sees it, and with the spin he can produce he can rip the short slice up over the net and into a corner like no one else. He's nearly eliminated that shot from Roger's arsenal when they play, further torturing Fed's backhand side. I also remember reading a piece by Steve Tignor in which he relates walking by a practice court at Indian Wells and seeing Rafa ripping backhands off short slices too (this was maybe 3-4 years ago). The domination of your backhand is now complete, no?
heh, not really sure ..... people talk about the rafa FH high up to fed's BH all the time, but rafa just ripping apart those slices unless they are absolute top notch is just as important factor ...