Nadal looks ahead to the 2010 season

Blinkism

Legend
Nadal looks ahead to 2010 and reflects on the changes he needs to make to find success, again



http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iz1PIU_oYkWXtijVQXMsAeIa8kew

LONDON — Rafael Nadal said he was going work hard on regaining his self-belief and sharpness in a bid to reclaim the world number one spot from Roger Federer next year.

The Spaniard said it was time to head for the practice courts to make sure his game was back to his best for the 2010 season.

"The season is done, and I am playing difficult surfaces for me. When the season is going to start next year, probably I am going to play a little bit more favorable surfaces for my game

"Practising and working a lot, that's the way for me, the only way to improve the situation. That's what I did all my life"

"I have motivation to play my best tennis again. When you have this goal and you have this motivation, it doesn't matter if you are tired or not. So I am ready to start practising and to start playing in 2010," the Australian Open champion said.

"I don't know how far I am from my best. The important thing is, when this change can happen, be ready to do it."

"I have to play again with this intensity, with this full rhythm with my forehand, playing without mistakes, playing this intensity that the other ones can't attack you, so you can have the control of the point, but without a lot of risk," Nadal said

"And play 10, 12, 20 shots with the confidence, without thinking if you are going to have a mistake or not. So that's the goal right now.

"The serve is the thing I still have to improve, always. But that's not going to be a big change on my serve. But I still have to work hard on my serve, to serve a little bit faster with a little bit more high percentage."

WWW.RAFAELNADAL.COM

Rafa will return to Spain after his match against Djokovic and plans start training on clay as soon as he can so he can be ready for the Davis Cup Final. Looking ahead, the objective is to begin his preparation for next year’s campaign in the best possible way. “I have to keep working real hard to change the situation. It’s what I’ve known my whole life. Work hard.”

Nadal is due to play Djokovic on Friday and will then head to Spain to prepare for his participation in the Davis Cup final from December 4th to December 6th against the Czech Republic.

Nadal will then begin his 2010 ATP season in Doha and the Australian Open
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I think this attitude from Nadal is excellent. Good to see he is talking in specifics about what he needs to do to improve.

He has the right idea and, more importantly, he has the right attitude.

Best of luck to Nadal in 2010!

Vamos Rafa!!!
 

Blinkism

Legend
Also, I'd also like to ask that everyone who posts in this thread keep it civil.

I made this thread for discussion of Nadal's prospects, mostly in a positive light, for fans of Nadal and tennis, in general, alike.

If you disagree with what Nadal says or my opinions, that's fine, but let's keep this thread flame-free and free of trolling.

Thanks!

Cheers,
Blinkism
 

TheMusicLover

G.O.A.T.
He's saying nothing different from what he's been saying in the past three, four years...
And if he now plans on playing surfaces more suited to his game (Good Plan, yes!), then why the hell play Rotterdam again???
 

Blinkism

Legend
He's saying nothing different from what he's been saying in the past three, four years...
And if he now plans on playing surfaces more suited to his game (Good Plan, yes!), then why the hell play Rotterdam again???
Did Nadal release his 2010 schedule yet?

I don't think playing Rotterdam is a good idea, but I think he should stay signed up for it- just in case he goes out earlier than expected in Australia and wants to cushion the blow (ranking points).
 

Lsmkenpo

Hall of Fame
He works too hard IMO, sometimes less is more, he plays a very physical game and it is taking its toll on his body.

I have been to many tournaments over the past 5 years, and Nadal always practices twice as long as any other player.

I think his career would be better served at this point if he limited some of his play or actually started playing a bit more all court game, he has the skill to make the change and it would extend his career. His body can not take match after match of grinding out 20 stroke rallys much longer IMO.
 

flying24

Banned
He is keeping a positive attitude atleast. Although I am not a big fan that is one thing I always admire about him. I am somewhat cynical of his return to very top form, but if he proves me wrong great for him. It is good he is thoughtful and thinking of some changes. Lets hope he actually follows through with them though. His uncle I have been thinking for a bit needs to go, and is part of alot of Rafa's questionable decisions.
 

TheMusicLover

G.O.A.T.
Did Nadal release his 2010 schedule yet?

I don't think playing Rotterdam is a good idea, but I think he should stay signed up for it- just in case he goes out earlier than expected in Australia and wants to cushion the blow (ranking points).
Rotterdam is confirmed, yes. (of course that doesn't mean he will indeed show up over there but still). Cost him his knees last year.
And so is Dubai. Another Mickey Mouse tournament on HC where all there is to gain is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Why not make a change and go for the Southern American clay court swing during that time, and be back for IW/Miami?

You can't have both ways, either give up a few tournaments in order to be fully healthy for the Biggies, or keep on blowing oneself up on Cash Cow Invitationals...
 

Blinkism

Legend
Found a bit more-

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/295945,sidebar-nadal-eyes-2010-comeback-after-disastrous-start-in-london.html

"My level right now I think is not (enough) to be number one," he admitted.

"My level is to be still fighting and practising hard to be ready as soon as possible to compete another time with equal conditions with everybody.
"Going on the court, with the full confidence in myself against everybody, that's what I'm working (on)."

The Spaniard whose season was compromised by injury which forced him to a loss against Soderling at Roland Garros and prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title, is still not quite ready to write off 2009 with the Davis date against the Czech Republic starting a week from Friday.

"I'm not tired, I had a long time outside of competition. My season doesn't finish until the Davis Cup final next week.

"The second half of 2009 was difficult for me, and probably I lost little bit of the necessary out of confidence and necessary calm.

"I'm not far away from my best level. This year is going to be extremely hard to finish really well. But I'm gonna work very hard to start next year very good.

"I believe in myself, that I can come back playing really well next year."
Nadal will try and make the best of what could end up as just a few days off for holidays after the Davis Cup and before the start of his first commitment for the new season - an exhibition in Abu Dhabi where Federer and Soderling will also be competing on New Year's Eve.

"I have one week of Davis Cup, and after, practise in Mallorca. That's what I have to recover my hundred per-cent level to start next year with good level and chances to win in every place that I play."
 

Outbeyond

Legend
He works too hard IMO, sometimes less is more, he plays a very physical game and it is taking its toll on his body.

I have been to many tournaments over the past 5 years, and Nadal always practices twice as long as any other player.

I think his career would be better served at this point if he limited some of his play or actually started playing a bit more all court game, he has the skill to make the change and it would extend his career. His body can not take match after match of grinding out 20 stroke rallys much longer IMO.
It seems to make sense that he try to limit the toll on his body, but from what I've read elsewhere as well as in the excellent article provided above, Nadal's convinced that he only gets better if he plays a lot! The Fed clearly doesn't feel that way, so we wonder why Nadal should, but he apparently does.

As to what he's working on for improvement, he mentions the serving, which we all know is a worthy goal for him. In fact, that one improvement alone could tip many a future set in his favor. I hope he's going to work the nets more, too, as future threats in 2010 such as Del Potro are definitely practising them as often as possible.

In any case, Nadal's ever-optimistic approach - one of the big reasons we love him so much! - always makes me feel better about him as well.
 

Outbeyond

Legend
Blinkism, while you're hunting down some current articles featuring Rafa, I thought this should be added...Rafa's been blogging again in the TimesOnline in London every day that he's been here, and below is his post-Davydenko-match entry:

"Sorry if I've let you down, but I gave it my best shot"

Hi everyone,

Well, it looks like the chances for being here on Saturday are very, very little, practically impossible if I am not wrong. I lost today again and it is actually a weird sensation to lose twice in a week. I felt I played better today, more aggressive, with more determination, but still not enough to beat a top player like Davydenko.

Tomorrow I will continue with the normal routine anyway. I will practice around 2pm at the tournament site. The important thing is to continue, to practice to continue improving and getting ready for the match on Friday. After that, I will be focusing and preparing the Davis Cup final.

I am not happy as you can all imagine but I am not down either. I felt better today, had some chances, played a good second part of the match and was close to bringing the match to a 3rd set. I am far from where I can be and that's encouraging. I suppose that what I need is to go back to El Cambio de Tercio for a good dinner with my team and regain all good habits, playing well included :)

I also would like to say that I am sorry for all my fans here. I really feel great playing in the UK. Probably here, and apart from my home country, is where I feel I have more fans. I know a lot of you came from different places around the World also. Many, many thanks is the least I can say.

Many thanks.
Rafa

Here's the link to the above (hope this works for you all):
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/sorry-if-ive-let-you-down-but-i-gave-it-my-best-shot.html
 
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Blinkism

Legend
As long as he's positive, but realistic, he's on the right track.

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Only then, can you fix it.

Good to see him thinking the right way and getting back into the right competitive mindset.

Hopefully, 2010 will be a fresh start.

Clean slate, so to speak.
 

Outbeyond

Legend
Actually, Rafa's blog also includes a separate "Ask Rafa" column that's appeared every day and his answers are quite straightforward and fun to read! This was the column today, Nov. 26 (well, for him today, for me yesterday). If you folks are interested, you might want to check out the link and then read the prior blogs/ask rafa columns he's been writing earlier this week:

"Questions for Rafa: my main goal in 2010 is to win Wimbledon again"

Rafa,do you cook dinner by youself? And how do you think of your cooking?
Xiao Hu, from China

RN: No, that I only do during Wimbledon and a very few times at home. I am limited but the few things I do are really good.

There is snow on the hills where I live. Do you like snow and have you ever skied?
Miles

RN: No I have not.

Dear Rafa!
I know, that it not the most important in your game, the main thing - that your victories. It is simply interesting to know: Will You return to the short sleeves and long shorts next year?
Thank You, Best of luck!!
With love, your fan Paolina

RN: No, that's part of the past and maybe the long term future, but not any time soon.

I know you already help a lot of people with your Foundation, and I wondered if you would ever like to be a Politician in the future to try and make the world a better place? Or someone like our Princess Diana used to be, she was nicknamed the "Queen of Hearts" as she helped a lot of people and brought good causes to the attention of the public.
You would make a wonderful "king of Hearts" as you are so compassionate and people would listen to you. (I would vote for you if I could!)
Besos y abrazos
Juliette Westbrook-Finch (England)

RN: No, I won't be a politician. I would definitely try to make the world better in my own particular way of helping but not via politics. Youa re very kind to compare me with Princess Diana, but I don't think I am anywhere close.

Hola from Puerto Rico!! So, I was wondering: every time I've seen you on tv or your pictures, I have never seen you wearing any sunglasses. Do you ever wear sunglasses or do you just don't like using them? Also, if you don't wear them, don't you get nasty headaches from having the sun in your eyes all the time (because you're outdoors a lot of the time)?? Thank you and Vamos!!!
Yaritza from Puerto Rico

RN: I do wear them but not very often, you are right.

So much press is written about you and your game- do you ever read any of it, or would that be too frustrating? I'm specifically talking about the sports pages, such as The Times, Marca and Espn?
Gill Leone, London

RN: I do read a lot of what's in the internet. I simply have my own opinion and it is interesting to read what other people think. I only ask for respect and those you mention normally have respect with me and what I do.

Rafa, if you had to choose one Slam you wanted to win most in 2010, would you want to defend the Australian Open, reclaim your thrown from Roland Garros, win back Wimbledon or complete a career slam at the US Opens?
Anthea Yeung xxx

RN: Any of the four, but give me Wimbledon again... would be amazing!

Hi I come from Greece and tennis here is not a very popular sport yet, of course the last years more and more people become interested in it, but I think that is considered yet a sport just for few, for an "elite".That is very disappointing...Did you ever consider tennis that way, as a sport for people of a certain social status?
Liana

RN: No, I never did. I don't think it is this way in Spain where I grew up.

Over the years you've lessened your on-court rituals. Do you think you can play without them in the coming years?
Manahil, Pakistan.

RN: I hope so... :)


Here's the link to the above:
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-my-main-goal-in-2010-is-to-win-wimbledon-again.html
 

Blinkism

Legend
^^ nice post, Outbeyond

Some of those questions are fanboyish but it is interesting that Wimbledon is on the top of Rafa's "wishlist" for next year.

Hopefully, it'll happen!

:)
 

Blinkism

Legend
I don't see Nadal getting past the quarters at AO 2010.
It's possible if he happens to meet any of his recent foe's in the quarters, sure.

He needs to be ready for this.

I don't see him losing before the quarters, though. I don't think too many players ranked out of the Top 8 are going to challenge Nadal enough in a best of 5 match to knock him out in Melbourne.

Then again, the Aussie Open is known for it's surprises.
 

GOATPARERA

Banned
Like I said in another post, the fact he always makes the semis or finals of hardcourt events shows how weak this tour is, he's playing with zero weapons and its rarely hurting him (even against supposed big hitters like Gonzo, Tsonga and Monfils) :eek:
 

Blinkism

Legend
Like I said in another post, the fact he always makes the semis or finals of hardcourt events shows how weak this tour is, he's playing with zero weapons and its rarely hurting him (even against supposed big hitters like Gonzo, Tsonga and Monfils) :eek:
Not to mention the fact that Nadal, like Federer, can be a beast at slams.

When he's confident and fully fit, he can put up quite a fight against ball-bashers.

Case in point, Verdasco vs. Nadal - Australian Open 2009.
 

Carsomyr

Legend
It's possible if he happens to meet any of his recent foe's in the quarters, sure.

He needs to be ready for this.

I don't see him losing before the quarters, though. I don't think too many players ranked out of the Top 8 are going to challenge Nadal enough in a best of 5 match to knock him out in Melbourne.

Then again, the Aussie Open is known for it's surprises.
But you have to remember he's also played a lot of tennis going into next year - not only is he losing to the best players in the world, he's struggling hard for extended periods of time on a physically unforgiving surface to get there. Right now, he stands to play twice as many matches this year as he did last year since the US Open. Also, since he's playing Davis Cup in December, he'll have a much shorter break than he did last year.
 

Blinkism

Legend
But you have to remember he's also played a lot of tennis going into next year - not only is he losing to the best players in the world, he's struggling hard for extended periods of time on a physically unforgiving surface to get there. Right now, he stands to play twice as many matches this year as he did last year since the US Open. Also, since he's playing Davis Cup in December, he'll have a much shorter break than he did last year.
He says he's fine and his problems aren't physical.

He also looks 100% physically.

I don't think his problem will be physical.

Actual, I think the amount of match play Nadal will be getting will help him in the early season.

I fear that it may be detrimental to any chances for the late 2010 season, though.

:(
 

GOATPARERA

Banned
I've noticed he's incorporating the slice more, even on standard balls that don't stretch him he's slicing more. This is a measure for saving his legs, the transference of weight especially with those 'on the run' backhands was doing damage to his knees, so this change may reduce his groundstroke power but it is wise for longterm health (maybe just play more 2-handers when he's playing a big-hitter) :D
 

MuseFan

Banned
Unless Nadal means he's going to skip Rotterdam/Dubai and play instead SA clay court swing, he's just saying the usual bs.
 

MuseFan

Banned
Not to mention the fact that Nadal, like Federer, can be a beast at slams.

When he's confident and fully fit, he can put up quite a fight against ball-bashers.

Case in point, Verdasco vs. Nadal - Australian Open 2009.
FAIL. Verdasco is not a ball basher. If he is, then Nadal is the ultimate ball basher.
 

Blinkism

Legend
FAIL. Verdasco is not a ball basher. If he is, then Nadal is the ultimate ball basher.
Whatever Verdasco is, he was playing very aggressively against Nadal in Australia and finding lines and corners.

Nadal was playing excellent defensive and offensive tennis in that match.

I can't recall him playing that well, sustained over a long match, in a while.
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
He works too hard IMO, sometimes less is more, he plays a very physical game and it is taking its toll on his body.

I have been to many tournaments over the past 5 years, and Nadal always practices twice as long as any other player.

I think his career would be better served at this point if he limited some of his play or actually started playing a bit more all court game, he has the skill to make the change and it would extend his career. His body can not take match after match of grinding out 20 stroke rallys much longer IMO.
Yes I think you can practice too hard. The same as you can swat too much for an exam and not be able to put what you know into action
 

Defcon

Hall of Fame
Nadal doesn't need to work on his competitive spirit or work ethic. He's got more than enough heart and fighting spirit.

What I didn't hear him say was a recognition that he needs to change tactics and take risks. he needs to fire Uncle Toni, learn how to control points and not depend on retrieving.

When he plays well, life is good. But when he faces a big hitter who's not afraid, his natural instinct is to drop behind, start looping and start running. I don't know if he can change that or if its the only thing he feels comfortable at. A typical clay courter doesn't have any options. Nadal does, he can attack. He just doesn't want to, maybe he knows he'll lose if he plays that way?

But that's his only hope if he ever wants to be successful outside clay.
 

MuseFan

Banned
Nadal doesn't need to work on his competitive spirit or work ethic. He's got more than enough heart and fighting spirit.

What I didn't hear him say was a recognition that he needs to change tactics and take risks. he needs to fire Uncle Toni, learn how to control points and not depend on retrieving.

When he plays well, life is good. But when he faces a big hitter who's not afraid, his natural instinct is to drop behind, start looping and start running. I don't know if he can change that or if its the only thing he feels comfortable at. A typical clay courter doesn't have any options. Nadal does, he can attack. He just doesn't want to, maybe he knows he'll lose if he plays that way?

But that's his only hope if he ever wants to be successful outside clay.
He took out Fed @2004 Miami playing attacking tennis. But then again he was totally programmed in retrieval mode yet.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
All this talk is making me Excited about 2010!! Hopefully rafa keeps his actions with his thoughts.
 

malakas

Banned
So he says this,and then in his schedule he puts Dubai and Rotterdam..:-? :confused:


Hi I come from Greece and tennis here is not a very popular sport yet, of course the last years more and more people become interested in it, but I think that is considered yet a sport just for few, for an "elite".That is very disappointing...Did you ever consider tennis that way, as a sport for people of a certain social status?
Liana

RN: No, I never did. I don't think it is this way in Spain where I grew up.

Here's the link to the above:
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-my-main-goal-in-2010-is-to-win-wimbledon-again.html
what?This girl thought Spain is the same as Greece?:roll: lol deluded much.


also Rafa as Prince Diana was priceless :mrgreen: hahahahaha
 

Outbeyond

Legend
All these beatings are giving his rivals confidence for 2010. They will not feel intimidated the next time they play him next year.
It would seem that way. But a player with full confidence doesn't give a hoot what the other guy thinks of him. That's the "place" Rafa's trying to get to with extended year-end play and a solid practice schedule for December.

And you can be sure his second set with Davy gave the latter a scare. Unlike Murray against Roger and Djokovic against Soderling, Rafa did not fold. We'll see if he keeps this up with Djokovic tonight, but thus far, when Rafa's in an all-out slump, he still cannot be underestimated.
 

GOATPARERA

Banned
Nadal doesn't need to work on his competitive spirit or work ethic. He's got more than enough heart and fighting spirit.

What I didn't hear him say was a recognition that he needs to change tactics and take risks. he needs to fire Uncle Toni, learn how to control points and not depend on retrieving.

When he plays well, life is good. But when he faces a big hitter who's not afraid, his natural instinct is to drop behind, start looping and start running. I don't know if he can change that or if its the only thing he feels comfortable at. A typical clay courter doesn't have any options. Nadal does, he can attack. He just doesn't want to, maybe he knows he'll lose if he plays that way?

But that's his only hope if he ever wants to be successful outside clay.
He won Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and almost never loses before the semis of hardcourt events. It would be hard to convince him to change tactics. He will probably win the US Open if he keeps making semis every year, and he even made semis this year despite just coming back from tendinitis layoff. He should just keep doing what he's doing and rack up the Aust Opens/RGs/Wimbledons. It doesn't matter if he gets thrashed by Cilic/Del Potro once a year.....
 

TheMusicLover

G.O.A.T.
All these beatings are giving his rivals confidence for 2010. They will not feel intimidated the next time they play him next year.
Exactly the same thing was said about Fed's rivals back in 2008... ;)

Rafa will be back, but I doubt he'll ever have a year like 2008 again. Which is no disgrace as that year was absolutely fantastic, and some fans just tend to expect the impossible from their favs... Just hope he'll be back strong on clay again and pick up one or two slams - that would already mean he'd be doing very fine indeed.
 

TheTruth

G.O.A.T.
Blinkism, while you're hunting down some current articles featuring Rafa, I thought this should be added...Rafa's been blogging again in the TimesOnline in London every day that he's been here, and below is his post-Davydenko-match entry:

"Sorry if I've let you down, but I gave it my best shot"

Hi everyone,

Well, it looks like the chances for being here on Saturday are very, very little, practically impossible if I am not wrong. I lost today again and it is actually a weird sensation to lose twice in a week. I felt I played better today, more aggressive, with more determination, but still not enough to beat a top player like Davydenko.

Tomorrow I will continue with the normal routine anyway. I will practice around 2pm at the tournament site. The important thing is to continue, to practice to continue improving and getting ready for the match on Friday. After that, I will be focusing and preparing the Davis Cup final.

I am not happy as you can all imagine but I am not down either. I felt better today, had some chances, played a good second part of the match and was close to bringing the match to a 3rd set. I am far from where I can be and that's encouraging. I suppose that what I need is to go back to El Cambio de Tercio for a good dinner with my team and regain all good habits, playing well included :)

I also would like to say that I am sorry for all my fans here. I really feel great playing in the UK. Probably here, and apart from my home country, is where I feel I have more fans. I know a lot of you came from different places around the World also. Many, many thanks is the least I can say.

Many thanks.
Rafa

Here's the link to the above (hope this works for you all):
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/sorry-if-ive-let-you-down-but-i-gave-it-my-best-shot.html
That's a great article.

And why I love the guy!
 

NamRanger

G.O.A.T.
I think Nadal will play a much more aggressive game next year. He knows that he will have to, as alot of players are catching on how to crack through his iron defense. I think Nadal will use the inside out forehand much more and hit alot flatter come 2010, as he knows that if he continues to play long rallies, he will cut his career very short.
 

Anaconda

Hall of Fame
I think Nadal will play a much more aggressive game next year. He knows that he will have to, as alot of players are catching on how to crack through his iron defense. I think Nadal will use the inside out forehand much more and hit alot flatter come 2010, as he knows that if he continues to play long rallies, he will cut his career very short.
A bit like Murray and Roddick then?

I also think Nadal needs to play more aggressive on the Hard courts where the surface is much tougher on the joints. I doubt that Soderling will play like he did at RG ever again and i still think Nadal will win RG next season.
 

namelessone

Legend
A bit like Murray and Roddick then?

I also think Nadal needs to play more aggressive on the Hard courts where the surface is much tougher on the joints. I doubt that Soderling will play like he did at RG ever again and i still think Nadal will win RG next season.
One thing I never understood about Rafa's game on HC is why doesn't he go apeshit on HC,playing only offensive tennis. The bulk of his points is always gained on clay and grass,not HC and he never defended HC titles as far as I can remember. So why not play like when he was young? If he plays a claycourters game on HC most of the time he will lose. Sure,he is consistent enough to get to QF or maybe even SF but he can't get to finals regularly enough on this surface. So why not take a risk on HC? What do you have to lose?

If I were Rafa on HC,I would do like the claycourters at WB once upon a time. Play for kicks. The claycourters who did make the trip to London knew that they didn't really stand a chance so they mostly played for kicks.
Sure perhaps he would lose earlier on HC but his health would win out in the long run and he could focus his attention on RG and WB. Nadal's style didn't screw up his health,Nadal playing most of his matches on HC with this style screwed up his health because that concrete will **** up your knees if you play like this(and half of the calendar is played on HC). Also,Nadal didn't have the luxury of other CC players who at least played a lot on natural surfaces(in the past all 4 slams were played on natural surfaces)
 

NamRanger

G.O.A.T.
A bit like Murray and Roddick then?

I also think Nadal needs to play more aggressive on the Hard courts where the surface is much tougher on the joints. I doubt that Soderling will play like he did at RG ever again and i still think Nadal will win RG next season.


A little different. Nadal is fully capable of hitting 100 mph forehands, and paired up with his incredible movement and rock solid backhand he can do some serious damage on HCs if he chose to play aggressive. He would play much very like a Federer if he played very aggressive.
 

Anaconda

Hall of Fame
A little different. Nadal is fully capable of hitting 100 mph forehands, and paired up with his incredible movement and rock solid backhand he can do some serious damage on HCs if he chose to play aggressive. He would play much very like a Federer if he played very aggressive.
I think Federer though would obviously earn more points on his serve and would probably commit to balls (BH DTL). Nadal doesn't have the luxuary serving aces on huge points like Federer can and playing aggressively on your own serve is quite risky for someone who doesn't have a great serve IMO.
 

Blinkism

Legend
ABU DHABI — Rafael Nadal has one thing on his mind when he kick-starts his 2010 campaign at the Capitala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi later this month – that’s playing well.

Rafa Nadal has completed his last training session for the year in Mallorca before flying to Abu Dhabi this afternoon. The World No.2 trained for nearly 2 hours on Monday with one of his best friends, Carlos Moya

Nadal's last practice session before heading off to Abu Dhabi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDsV2-hRmo0&feature=player_embedded

"I really hope that both the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi and the tournament in Doha will give me the practice and confidence I need to play the Australian Open at the highest level"

"At the moment I just want to focus on playing well, winning matches and staying injury free during 2010," said the six-time Grand Slam champion.

"It all starts in Abu Dhabi and I can't wait to return to the event and compete against what is another strong line-up of the world's best players."

The Spaniard, who finished runner-up to inaugural Capitala winner Andy Murray in January, has also highlighted the importance of the three-day event with the season's first Grand Slam just around the corner.

"The event is a great way to start the year and is the perfect warm up for the Australian Open," said Nadal (pictured).

"The fans and warm hospitality in Abu Dhabi make it a really enjoyable tournament to begin the season and I am very much looking forward to coming back.
 

Lsmkenpo

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One thing I never understood about Rafa's game on HC is why doesn't he go apeshit on HC,playing only offensive tennis. The bulk of his points is always gained on clay and grass,not HC and he never defended HC titles as far as I can remember. So why not play like when he was young? If he plays a claycourters game on HC most of the time he will lose. Sure,he is consistent enough to get to QF or maybe even SF but he can't get to finals regularly enough on this surface. So why not take a risk on HC? What do you have to lose?

If I were Rafa on HC,I would do like the claycourters at WB once upon a time. Play for kicks. The claycourters who did make the trip to London knew that they didn't really stand a chance so they mostly played for kicks.
Sure perhaps he would lose earlier on HC but his health would win out in the long run and he could focus his attention on RG and WB. Nadal's style didn't screw up his health,Nadal playing most of his matches on HC with this style screwed up his health because that concrete will **** up your knees if you play like this(and half of the calendar is played on HC). Also,Nadal didn't have the luxury of other CC players who at least played a lot on natural surfaces(in the past all 4 slams were played on natural surfaces)
Maybe he is OCD about making unforced errors.
 
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