Pros would do well to watch the 2008 Masters Series Rome match where Nadal was handily beaten by Ferraro 5-7, 1-6. Nadal wasn't playing badly, he was beat. And he was in the midst of perhaps one of the greatest tennis seasons of all time (had just won Monte Carlo and Barcelona then won consecutively in Hamburg, Roland Garros, Queens, Wimbledon, Rogers Cup, then semi'd in Cinci, won the Olympics, then semi'd at the US Open) How did Ferrero do it? Simple: 1. Keep the ball in play - many of the rallies go more than 10 hits, Nadal always goes the distance on every ball. You must be prepared to hit many balls with him on many points. Few can do this without errors building up. 2. Have no weak side. Ferrero hits his FH and BH as hard as he can on every shot, throwing his whole body weight into it and generating winners off either wing even when off balance. Nadal is the master of breaking down your weakness. Easy solution: have no weakness. 3. In addition to your FH weapon, have a rock solid BH that you can defend from behind the baseline and hit winners or winner setups from in front of the baseline. Be able to hit some winners with the BH from behind the baseline while on the run and way off the court. 4. Hit hard, deep and/or extreme angle shots - always. Ferrero hit deep hard angles mixed up with deep fast down-the-lines, he eventually pulled Nadal off the court on many points and set up for winners and errors. 5. Have a rock solid serve and get a lot of easy points on serve. 6. Return from deep behind the baseline and get it back deep with topspin. 7. Leave no short balls in the middle of the court for Nadal to devour, ever. 8. Move inside the baseline at every opportunity, not necessarily all the way to net, but make sure to viciously attack any shorter ball. 9. Don't be afraid when serving on break point. Ferrero saved 5 of 5 in the match. 10. Run like Achilles on every ball for hours on end.