I am watching these highlights of the 2007 french open final, since I didn’t watch it live. And I notice the same pattern the entire time. Nadal just hitting to Federer’s backhand until it breaks down, he finds Federers backhand from any position, a serve, backhand, typically his forehand, and just keeps going to it until it misses or he stretches federer out wide enough for him to attempt a winner down the line. Its almost unreal how often this seems to happen. I think nadal is a really adaptable player, he wins majority of matches on clay even against players with good backhands like Djokovic, Murray, Thiem, Wawrinka, etc. But here against Fed, he rarely needs to do anything aside from hit to the backhand and go from there.
Why does Federer let this happen? If he lost to Nadal 4 straight years at French open then surely he must decide a change is needed at some point. Federer is not a dumb player, and is surely aware of Nadals gameplan, and aware of his own weaknesses. I am actually frustrated watching Fed get abused on his backhand even though I am not a fan, because it seems wrong for such a player to get beaten with some simple strategy. Yes, Nadal has all the tools to execute this strategy, but it is still relatively simple.
Why did Federer not make some adjustment in the time from 2005 rg to 2008 rg? Instead Nadal exploited his game even more by the end. Like i said I didnt watch this stuff live so forgive me if im missing something obvious.