Yeah. The thing is, in important points in matches those habits vs right handed players are ingrained in your mind. So even if you get used to it a bit, you can never get used to it 100%. And you also get less match practice too because of: A:less lefties, you play seldom a lefty, B:less lefties means less good lefties, so even if you play one, it doesn't help much.He does take the reasoning to an extreme, but there are two advantages for all lefties:
a) most ad points are played on their strongest serve (out wide from the ad court or receiving in the ad court - if they are pulled off court, they have a forehand rather than a backhand) and
b) Even though you can get quality training with lefthanded players, that does not come close to competing against righthanded players day in and day out. Righthanders have to adjust their game, when they meet a lefthander, lefthanders don't when they meet a righthander.
Now, I expect you to jump all over this quote given the two players it involves, but if you try and look at it neutrally, you'll see that it's not only an excuse (although there's possibly a bit of that too), but also a pretty good analysis.
"Well, he's a lefty, number one. That makes everything different. If you compare to yesterday's match and today's match, it's like I have to play two different ways. So for me it's much more of a change. It's not an excuse. But I definitely have to play totally different.
He can play pretty much the same like he plays against Berdych and Stan, so forth. It's definitely more up to me to getting used to the lefty spin quicker. Coming over the return very often instead of chipping it, which I've been doing it all week.
There's always going to be a bit of an up and down from that standpoint. But I thought it was okay at times, you know. But just my court positioning, getting used to knowing exactly the dimension, how things are going to work out is sometimes a bit tricky. That's why I either chose the wrong side or I can't get the read I usually get like you get with del Potro, Gasquet or Djokovic for that matter.
That's why it really changes everything around. He does a good job picking up the slice. He does a good job staying on the baseline when he needs to. He can also play from the back. He has multiple options. That's what makes him so difficult to play against."
Federer, after his loss to Nadal at the WTF.
If Fed was able to play 6 matches in every GS vs all-time great lefties, I'm sure this would matter a lot when playing Nadal in a final.
Another thing is, you have to practice more patterns in your practice sessions, so you need more time for the same result. That's why it's not fair.
I mean when a lefty plays a lefty it's strange for them too. But this almost never happens, because there are so few of them. And even if it's strange, it's strange for both equally, so nobody has an edge.
I know this is being used as an excuse. But it actually is based on facts.
And considering Fed and Rafa and how their matches go, it's not crazy to thing this has a lot to do with it.
Their are both goat contenders and elite players. Usually their matches are 50:50. So, this lefty thing can tip the scales.
And of course this effects Fed mentally too. He knows that vs Rafa he can't use his best game and his potential. And does have the time to train only vs one guy. Other lefties aren't good enough to bother Fed. You still has have to be good in the first place.
I'm not saying Rafa is not an amazing player in the first place. I mean you still have to be godly to beat Fed, lefty or no lefty.
Nadal would still have amazing results. I just think some of the close matches he has vs righties would not go his way.
I think in this case a few finals might go in Fed's way and with a bit of luck even win CYGS.
I'm not saying this can be used as an excuse, but when looking at their h2h, this must be taken into consideration, because that is also why Fed is mentally weaker vs Rafa. It's not that Fed suddenly decided for no reason to be afraid of teen Rafa. I mean Fed had tougher losses before, to mentally be afraid of teen Rafa.
On top of this Rafa didn't make it to Fed in finals on Fed's surfaces. Also, Fed after 2010 declined, so it was prime Rafa vs old Fed.
Considering all this it actually is not logical to use the h2h against Fed and explains the loop-sided h2h nicely.