This a spoiler of the Monte Carlo final'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Take NOTE! I mentioned in a thread yesterday that the winner of the MC masters would be based on who won the 1st set. IMHO the better starter would close out the match in four sets. I must admit i assumed that Fed would have won bearing in mind how well he was playing going into the final. Whilst Nadal was playing solidly but not brilliant by any thread of imaginination. In the first set Fed was clearly nervous i saw this straight away as soon as both players came out for the warm up. Fed was taking huge breaths and i suspect that he may not have had a good night's sleep. Fed looked and played nervoulsy in the first set and his backhand was made to look like a liability. The intersting thing about the matchup is that a day earlier Gaudio was killing Nadal on the backhand side and Nadal was at times more comfortable going to the Gaudio Forehand. I think Fed should take note of Gaudio's tactic/strategy against Nadal in that match especially the 1st set in which Gaudio was on fire. Back on topic, one of the main reasons why Fed at present does so poorly against Nadal is because Nadal makes Federer look 'one dimensional'. Yes folks the same words Fed used against Nadal came to haunt him in the final. For some reason as shown in Fed's dismal 1st set, Fed makes tons of ue's on the bh and loses confidence in that side, this leads him to run round hitting monster forehands all day and thus you have a forehand bashing Federer ala Roddick. Fed's magic and artistry stem from the backhand side. He is able to slow and speed up a game with his creative use of his cultured backhand. Nadal takes away the confidence on the backhand side and FED cannot create. In the 1st set Fed hit exclusive topspin backhands - how many time have you seen that? Fed almost always mixes it up with a few underspin slices. He did not hit any slices as it allows Nadal to focus his attack on Fed's already shaky backhand. Nadal it seems can handle the underspin slice on his forehand which Fed uses so skillfully to disrupt so many of his contemporaries as it plays in to Nadal's strength - his forehand. Fed also tried to slice to Nadal's backhand but yet again Nadal can get their with his speed and talent and again focus his attack on Fed's vulnerable backhand. In conclusion Fed is relying on his forehand to make a dent into the Nadal game and that is just to high risk as the ue count can testify; Fed hit over 76 ue's in the match. This rivalry looks like Evert vs Navratillova all over again with the new kid chasing down the experienced veteran.