Is it just me or was Rafa just pushing the ball ?

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
Just saw the highlights of Sunday's match vs Nole, and it struck me how short and slow his shots looked.

I hope his left hand hasn't flared up again.

Not very confident for AO.
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
Just saw the highlights of Sunday's match vs Nole, and it struck me how short and slow his shots looked.

I hope his left hand hasn't flared up again.

Not very confident for AO.
It didn't look like he was pushing the ball. The second set was very good from him, no way he takes it to a tie break with Djokovic on HC with just pushing. Djokovic just dealing with his pace well.
 
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terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
It didn't look like he was pushing the ball. The second set was very good from, no way he takes it to a tie break with Djokovic on HC with just pushing. Djokovic just dealing with his pace well.
His balls were dropping very short, and that is deadly against any top 20 player. I suspect his left hand is toast once more.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
His balls were dropping very short, and that is deadly against any top 20 player. I suspect his left hand is toast once more.
Yes, I noticed that his shots were landing short (in the service box) over and over again. I don't think there is anything physically wrong with him, though. Nole just has his number right now.
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
His balls were dropping very short, and that is deadly against any top 20 player. I suspect his left hand is toast once more.
His shots were dropping short a few times, yes, but as @wangs78 states, it doesn't look like anything physically ailing. He is just having problems dealing with the ball that Novak is giving him. I would say he is pushing though.
 

Biggest3

New User
Nadal doesn't care about winning against Djokovic/Federer anymore(not that he can anymore and he knows it deep down).His endgame is all about reaching as many slam finals as possible and hoping the field will take care of both of them beforehand.Statistically he has the best % win rate vs the field out of them and as long as he doesn't injure himself he will have the highest chance to add to his slam titles.

Now that Ao has this ''unbreathable'' air problem, his chances are even better.Djokovic is known for chocking all over the place in harsh conditions.Federer is prone to getting upset nowadays.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
He's lulling Djokovic into a false sense of confidence and then will unleash the rage in the AO Final.
Djokovic is 7-0 in AO finals. Unleashing rage isn't enough. Nadal has to actually WIN the match. That's presuming they both reach the final which is no guarantee.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
Nadal doesn't care about winning against Djokovic/Federer anymore(not that he can anymore and he knows it deep down).His endgame is all about reaching as many slam finals as possible and hoping the field will take care of both of them beforehand.Statistically he has the best % win rate vs the field out of them and as long as he doesn't injure himself he will have the highest chance to add to his slam titles.

Now that Ao has this ''unbreathable'' air problem, his chances are even better.Djokovic is known for chocking all over the place in harsh conditions.Federer is prone to getting upset nowadays.
I don't think Nadal wants to breathe in that air either. It's extremely dangerous for any player to be out there in those conditions. You're being extremely ignorant here. :-D :-D :-D
 

MeatTornado

Legend
I happens a lot against Djoker. The amount of depth Novak hits with smothers his opponents and doesn't let them really tee off on a ball. All Rafa can do is step back but then his balls naturally start dropping short and makes it look like he's not being aggressive.
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
Just saw the highlights of Sunday's match vs Nole, and it struck me how short and slow his shots looked.

I hope his left hand hasn't flared up again.

Not very confident for AO.
Rafa played the same way in 2011 US Open Final, that's why Djokovic won 2011 USO, but it did feature that epic 3rd Set which Rafa won, so Rafa can still beat Djokovic with that style......but Rafa had played Murray in the SF so Rafa didn't have the legs to sustain it.

But its good enough to beat everyone else in best-of-5-sets, so makes no difference as long as Rafa has enough energy in the AO Final to duplicate that 2nd Set of ATP Cup.
I mean Rafa outplayed Djokovic in the 2nd Set, Rafa had 5 break points in one game, and was up a minibreak in the tiebreaker before Djok's shot hit the top of the net and lobbed over Rafa's head for an undeserved winner to minibreak-back.
Rafa will be a lot fresher in the AO Final, especially if he gets the 2-day break after AO SF.

Speaking of AO SF, if Rafa hits the ball softly vs. Federer it will destroy Federer, because Federer hates it when Rafa plays with loop and spin.
Whereas when Rafa hits flat it helps Federer because Federer loves pace :)
Moya's influence has made Rafa hit flatter, and that's why Federer has beaten Rafa in recent years.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
He's lulling Djokovic into a false sense of confidence and then will unleash the rage in the AO Final.
...by losing even faster, if the last AO is anything to go by.

Djokovic can't beat Nadal if Nadal beats himself first.

But yeah, hoping that Nadal is at the top of his game should they meet.
 
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