What made Nadal so good on Clay, especially at the French Open. I know he dominated everyone there, but why. Was his speed more adaped to clay, was his topspin more erratic coming off the ground?
Thanks ! My french sucks but it was still very worth it.
Definitely not speed, because Djokovic was faster than Nadal in 2013 and 2014 and Nadal still won.What made Nadal so good on Clay, especially at the French Open. I know he dominated everyone there, but why. Was his speed more adaped to clay, was his topspin more erratic coming off the ground?
That's it, right?High bounce helps his topspin, slow speed and sliding helps his defence. Nobody could get balls past him, and when he decided to turn up the heat his forehand would destroy the opposition.
Being lefty is huge part of the 23-10 stuff, believe me
Those who play tennis and are righties know that is a huge disadvantage to play against a leftie, just because the lefty is used to play against righties, and not viceversa
he is bound to lose eventually. This is what you have been seeing the last couple of years. Totally expected.Nope.....but you didnt answer the question.What's his match record since october 2013?
Being a lefty is not all of it no, but it is an advantage. A player with the same shots and abilities as Nadal but playing right handed would not have had as much success IMO. Whether that means just 13 slams or 10 or etc...I don't know. But that lefty serve out wide on break points is massive.Being lefty alone doesn't help. Or else verdasco, lopez, Nieminen and other lefties would have had the same success against Federer.
I spray my opinion of Nadal all over the forum if you hadnt noticed.Huge coincidence is it that Nadal has been going down hill since october 2013.he is bound to lose eventually. This is what you have been seeing the last couple of years. Totally expected.
But why don't you give us your own opinion of why he has not been successful last year of this year?
yep, well put.Nadal's footwork on clay was majestic. He hardly ever put a foot wrong, was hardly ever off balance. His vision on clay was amazing, he knew when to grind, when to defend, when to attack. The ability to chase down balls with perfect sliding and time, and the ability to really crank up that venomous forehand at any time made him dangerous in all areas of the court.
Plus, his mental strength was only fortified by his physical gifts - together they gave him the confidence within to know he will always be the last man standing. That self belief created an aura that broke the will of other players...he basically laid the gauntlet down telling the opposion that they are in for a world of hurt, and many lost the battle before the first ball was even hit.
consistency was key too, he would hardly ever miss and make the opponent hit one more ball -> leading to more errors.His groundstrokes are/were so consistent on clay, something that isn't always true on hardcourt because he has a pretty big take back on both sides so needs more time. That forehand is incredible on clay, one of the best shots ever no doubt. He can hit it on a dime and jerk the opponent around on a string, all with a huge margin for error. Great stamina, speed, and footwork doesn't hurt as well.
Good list.1. Forehand