Fed and Nadal- Let's talk tactics...

Frankc

Semi-Pro
Well, late last night, on tape, the match was even better in some ways. Not a perfect comparison, but Nadal reminded me of Borg's game when he "changed" and raised the bar. Amazingly athletic, fast, with those wicked spins... Nadal does pressure you. Fed, as many have stated, exhibited many amazing competitive and technical attributes. Man, it is interesting to watch that match pivot in the third set...

Tactically of interest - in brief - Nadal's leftiness and amazing athleticism and strength, and speed really created pressure- PRESSURE... Advantage Nadal. Yet is the backhand a make-shift shot or is it technically sound? His hand-eye coordination is striking...

Now, briefly, to Fed: did the advantages of the more eastern game and one-handed backhand shine here. When he was on all cylinders the ability to flatten big forehands pressured the "way back" Nadal into expending so much energy. The varied pace off the backhand (some slices) did take a toll in the third and fourth. The brief second set foray into some short chips( against the western grip game) and net rushing broke the momentum that Nadal had built. Latyer, as Fed mentioned himself, he abandoned the variety and "hit more with Nadal(my words)" and slowly opened the court.

And the third set tiebreak...? The fourth set...?

I am not a baseline duel lover - but,IMHO, so much happened here between the lines...
The weather was lousy here in the East, but the sun was shining on that widescreen thanks to two amazing competitors.

BTW, sorry if this seems a repitition on the excellent previous post on "Why Fed won..."
 
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