Nadal Forehand

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
It looked big to me!!!

People on this board have said Nadal has lost some of his speed; which was a huge part of his success.

Nadal forehand is still as good as anybody in the game.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
His inside-out and down-the-line forehands were missing. It's not the power of the shot, it's being able to make the shots themselves.
That's also because his opponents are trying to take those away from him. They couldn't do it before, but now they can actually do it due to Nadal's decline.
 

AnotherTennisProdigy

Professional
It's a shadow of its former self at the moment, go back five years and see his forehand. The relentless pressure, especially on clay, it created on the opponent was incredible.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Ha. Ha. Ha. I saw his forehand live yesterday when he was practicing. "Is it any good"? Are you joking? Even now it's one of the best forehands on tour…
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Ha. Ha. Ha. I saw his forehand live yesterday when he was practicing. "Is it any good"? Are you joking? Even now it's one of the best forehands on tour…
Shows how much mastery Djokovic enjoys currently in the match-up. It's interesting to think that Wawrinka crushed Djokovic for winners in the final of RG, yet Djokovic crushed Nadal for winners x 3 in the QF. Nadal probably wouldn't have been beaten in winners x3 by Wawrinka, although maybe it was possible, yet Djokovic managed it and then proceeded to get outclassed by Wawrinka.

Nadal's tactics (among other things) are way off right now against Novak.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
He has a great forehand. What people are failing to realise is that the players around him have improved significantly. I suspect his movement is his biggest failing this days more than anything, which is only natural. But he is still a great player, we are talking fine margins here.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
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Your avatar is hilarious now that I get it.

He has a great forehand. What people are failing to realise is that the players around him have improved significantly. I suspect his movement is his biggest failing this days more than anything, which is only natural. But he is still a great player, we are talking fine margins here.
Cool story bro :p
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
So it looked good on grass? :twisted:
Uhm… Yeah? :D

Perhaps I'll post the (very short) vid I took from the side. The combination of spin and power he gets is obscene.

The problem I see in match play is that he no longer has the movement to really get that forehand into play and that he lacks the confidence to pull the trigger regularly. He gets pushed into the defensive more easily than at his best and he finds it much harder to get out of it. It's not like his forehand just decided to wave goodbye or anything :lol:

If we look at the forehand in isolation it still is a huge shot, but you need to have the other components of the game in order to get that shot into play (what you actually see during a match) and that's where it's currently lacking IMO.
 

jelle v

Hall of Fame
His Forehand has become Shorthand, thats the problem.
This..

I see a great lack of depth in his forehand, so players get pushed back less than before and are able to attack him more.

I also have the impression that there is less speed to the corners, so his passing shots are also in decline.

I had not expected this at all by the way. Last year I thought that Nadal would be back to business as usual after his injury and I even said that he would win 2 or 3 more French Opens. Now I am not so sure about that.

Funny thing is, I always thought that Nadal would not last very long because of his style of play and all the knee problems and other injuries he had several years back. Than he lasted much longer and I thought that he would just play out his career at top level, coping with little injuries here and there.

Now it seems that his body is giving up after all..

I wonder how much of his body giving up is mental.. Maybe his will to fight is a little bit dented, because of Djokovic obviously having his number these days, whereas in the past he would meet Federer in the finals. Djokovic is now to Nadal, what Nadal was to Federer, well I get that notion anyway.
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
It sucks. He should retire.
You smell like fear.
Considering Nadal made the QF of the Australian Open (and won 3 of his matches in straight sets) and made the QF of Roland Garros (and again won 3 matches in straight sets), there is a very real possibility that Nadal could win multiple slams in a year.
That's why Roig said Nadal will still be contending for slams at age 33, and Nadal himself said a few weeks ago that he may have 6 years left.
 
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