Originally Posted by Relinquis
not too sure about that. even on the slowest hardcourts pete could probably hit through a lot of the loopy topspin. think Soderling/delpo/bergych on steroids, not to mention his serve and all court game.
you guys underrate pete. the guy was a mentally and physically strong and has great touch. he was an all-court player, not just a serve and a forehand. On contemporary hardcourts it would be interesting, even fun to watch, but on fast hardcourts or grass i don't see rafa troubling him at all.
Pete Vs. Rafa would have been fun to watch. we can only speculate about hypotheticals.
while I understand that it is an exho, this is why I think pete would struggle with today's heavy spin. Most of today's players are able to defend even the biggest hitter's biggest shots, and many of them hit bigger than pete ( see Berdych's record against the top 4, outright atrocious despite his ridiculously easy power off the forehand)
Pete leaves almost every ball short, and out right shanks the backhand.
Nadal would trouble him significantly everywhere but grass, and even grass would be close. He'd beat pete easily on clay, and probably 5/10 or 6/10 on today's hardcourts, which is the context of what this thread was about anyway.
Just my two cents. Pete's game was for a different era.