2022 Wimbledon R2 - [2] Nadal - Berankis

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TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
LOL - Nadal servebotting in final game. Wins in 4.
Overall a very sub-par performance for Rafa to lose a set vs a mug like Bernankis.
And Bernankis choked in set 1 and set 2 at 4-5, so the match could have been closer.

Still, Nadal finished well once the roof was closed. He needs to improve a lot to be a contender here though.
 

Martin J

Hall of Fame
Nadal is aware of where his game is, in the post match interview he stated that he has to improve his form and that the fourth set was much better due to the aggression thanks to the FH. My thoughts exactly, he still has lots of time to find his range.
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
LOL - Nadal servebotting in final game. Wins in 4.
Overall a very sub-par performance for Rafa to lose a set vs a mug like Bernankis.
And Bernankis choked in set 1 and set 2 at 4-5, so the match could have been closer.

Still, Nadal finished well once the roof was closed. He needs to improve a lot to be a contender here though.
He survived whole match with his serves today.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
I think Nadal needs to change tactics here. He seems to be still in the clay mode.
Even a recreational, non-pro player like me can easily see Nadal is LATE on his forehand a lot in his first 2 matches.
He needs to step in and flatten his forehand out. He is trying to step back and get more spin, hoping for more bounce etc etc.

This is not working on grass. Mostly he is catching the ball late and thereby missing. His DTL is mostly misdirected because of that. A lot of the forehands are taken with his body weight on the back leg.
Perhaps he needs to also change the tension on his racquet. Let's see if he can adjust more to the conditions.
 
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