How did Nadal run that fast?

ledwix

Hall of Fame
It seems like he got to everything, even stuff that a Nadal wouldn't get to. I would watch Federer hit a winner and then turn my head away, only to see Nadal's lobbed defensive shot bouncing back in and confusing everybody. It seemed like he was running faster on a hard court than ever before...even though he is supposedly slower...O.O
 
I keep waiting for Nadal to lose something on his movement so Federer can hit the winners against him he needs to beat him. It just never happens.

All this talk about his "knee" injuries is bunk. His camp is deceitful. We'll leave it at that.
 

namelessone

Legend
It seems like he got to everything, even stuff that a Nadal wouldn't get to. I would watch Federer hit a winner and then turn my head away, only to see Nadal's lobbed defensive shot bouncing back in and confusing everybody. It seemed like he was running faster on a hard court than ever before...even though he is supposedly slower...O.O
He is slower but then again, so are these courts.

If you've watched most of AO this year you'd know how it is near impossible to make a winner, especially against great defenders. Look at the Djokovic-Ferru match as well.
 

aldeayeah

Hall of Fame
Nadal runs his fastest on HC (nothing strange about that; it has better grip than natural surfaces).

The "problem" (in relative terms) is when he has to stop/turn.

I think he's shed a bit of weight which may be helping him.
 

Cormorant

Professional
When he was break point down in the third, Nadal slapped aggressively at his bandaged knee; seemed to do the trick.
 

aldeayeah

Hall of Fame
When he was break point down in the third, Nadal slapped aggressively at his bandaged knee; seemed to do the trick.
I noticed that too.

I don't think it had anything to do with the movement though. He did it after sending an inside-out FH wide (or was it long?).

I think he was frustrated because he wasn't properly flexing his knees and that was depriving his shots of a bit of their bite.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
It seems like he got to everything, even stuff that a Nadal wouldn't get to. I would watch Federer hit a winner and then turn my head away, only to see Nadal's lobbed defensive shot bouncing back in and confusing everybody. It seemed like he was running faster on a hard court than ever before...even though he is supposedly slower...O.O
 
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Docalex007

Hall of Fame
I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Nadal's camp kept going back to knee injury talk before every slam just to tenderise the competition.

It IS deceitful but hey, it's psychological warfare. If I were a pro player I wouldn't think for a second Nadal was anything but 200%.
 

BobFL

Hall of Fame
I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Nadal's camp kept going back to knee injury talk before every slam just to tenderise the competition.

It IS deceitful but hey, it's psychological warfare. If I were a pro player I wouldn't think for a second Nadal was anything but 200%.
Yep and there is no better man for the job than uncle Phony...
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
It seems like he got to everything, even stuff that a Nadal wouldn't get to. I would watch Federer hit a winner and then turn my head away, only to see Nadal's lobbed defensive shot bouncing back in and confusing everybody. It seemed like he was running faster on a hard court than ever before...even though he is supposedly slower...O.O
Why the surprise honestly? He always runs like a maniac in slams, makes impossible gets etc.

He has amazing speed and defensive skills.
 

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
Because Rafa is not concerned with winning the title. He's just concerned with beating Fed. Rafa knows he's gonna be whacked by Nole in the finals again. Why not injure himself beyond repair.
 
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