Nadal struggling: Forehand 'misbehaving' & 'flying too much' in Rome practice

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Nadal is an awful front runner. If there was ever a year he would lose at RG, it would be while going for 21
Nadal steamrolled over Borg's Roland Garros record, so I don't see any nerves.
Going for 20 last year was a lot of pressure for anyone, but Nadal had the opposite reaction....
And he's in a lot better shape physically this year than last year.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
I think his prospects of winning Rome or RG this year are in serious trouble. It's impossible for him to keep performing at the highest level every time, and I think this year may be similar to 2015 in that his confidence is very low.
News of him struggling in practice sessions with his forehand cements this theory.
I think he heads into RG at 6th favourite, behind Djokovic, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Rublev.



Craig is a Djokovic fan is he not? This smacks of mind games to try and erode Rafa confidence.
These journos still not worked Rafa out. Annoy Rafa gets him going and means he does not get nervous. FO2020 final a prime example. Comments like that on a private session made public will just fuel Rafa to shut people up.
I seriously hope he loses in Rome to get the haters excited then turns it on in Paris. Makes things so much sweeter.
My own view is Nadals only opponent is injury. As long as he is fit then he wins FO. However he is fragile physically and that is also why i would prefer an early exit in rome. One bad stretch or slip or something could be a disaster. Players play at 200 pct v Nadal to score a win on clay over him as it is legacy enhancing on their CVs.
Rafa does not need Rome. Slams are where it is at.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Nadal steamrolled over Borg's Roland Garros record, so I don't see any nerves.
Going for 20 last year was a lot of pressure for anyone, but Nadal had the opposite reaction....
And he's in a lot better shape physically this year than last year.
The more people write him off the more guaranteed he is to win Paris.
I want Djokovic to win Rome. If Djokovic goes in as favourite that will massively help Rafa.
Rafa has spent a career shutting the haters up.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Unless he can improve his form in Rome, I think he heads into RG 6th favourite this year; behind Djokovic, Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Rublev.
Love this. Uncle Toni, us fans, Rafa and Moya should really hammer this narrative home.
One year i think he said in a 1r match he was underdog or something as guy he played was super dangerous and that really rattled a few journos and players cages. Love it when Rafa plays that game.
We know Djokovic is the favourite, let us keep saying it. Other big fav will be determined in rome. Thiem or Tsitsipas i suspect.
 

MadariKatu

Semi-Pro
Why is Craig revealing the private struggles of practice?
I think he's mostly praising his work ethic.
Must've felt good beating Djokovic at his own Open
Not really. Deep down, he knows he won only because Novak allowed it.
As if anyone really believes someone like Evans or Karatsev would be able to beat him in BO5. Nobody in the current tour can win 3 sets against Djokovic in one match, they are all just too afraid of him. We saw how Zverev choked in AO. On the other hand, Zverev can destroy blow Nadal in BO5. He is not afraid of him at all.
At this point less players are scared of the big3, that's why their aura is slowly fading away. But, honestly, at RG, EVERYBODY is afraid of Rafa.
 

Amritia

Hall of Fame
Love this. Uncle Toni, us fans, Rafa and Moya should really hammer this narrative home.
One year i think he said in a 1r match he was underdog or something as guy he played was super dangerous and that really rattled a few journos and players cages. Love it when Rafa plays that game.
We know Djokovic is the favourite, let us keep saying it. Other big fav will be determined in rome. Thiem or Tsitsipas i suspect.
There's no doubt Rafa is big underdog heading into Roland Garros.
Let us see if he can once again succeed in the face of insurmountable odds.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
There's no doubt Rafa is big underdog heading into Roland Garros.
Let us see if he can once again succeed in the face of insurmountable odds.
Nadal is the opposite of an underdog this year........because last year he only had 3 matches of preparation (including a 62 75 loss) for last year's Roland Garros and still never dropped a set and steamrolled Djokovic like never before....

Whereas this year Nadal is twice as good, won Barcelona over the best claycourter of the next generation in Tsitisipas (and Nadal had championship points at 64 54, so almost a very easy win).
If Tsitsipas lost to Nadal at Barcelona, imagine what would happen at Roland Garros.
And we've all seen Zverev at the slams, we know he's a pretender, and he even lost to Sinner last year at RG....

This year's RG is only interesting because everybody wants to know if Nadal will drop a set.
I don't think anyone really believes he'll lose....
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Nadal is the opposite of an underdog this year........because last year he only had 3 matches of preparation (including a 62 75 loss) for last year's Roland Garros and still never dropped a set and steamrolled Djokovic like never before....

Whereas this year Nadal is twice as good, won Barcelona over the best claycourter of the next generation in Tsitisipas (and Nadal had championship points at 64 54, so almost a very easy win).
If Tsitsipas lost to Nadal at Barcelona, imagine what would happen at Roland Garros.
And we've all seen Zverev at the slams, we know he's a pretender, and he even lost to Sinner last year at RG....

This year's RG is only interesting because everybody wants to know if Nadal will drop a set.
I don't think anyone really believes he'll lose....
I like how your trolling goes from subtle to so overtly over the top and back and forth lol
 

Amritia

Hall of Fame
This year's RG is only interesting because everybody wants to know if Nadal will drop a set.
I don't think anyone really believes he'll lose....
This is totally crazy talk; I nearly fell out of my chair reading that.
He is the huge underdog and there's no 2 ways about it.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
This is totally crazy talk; I nearly fell out of my chair reading that.
He is the huge underdog and there's no 2 ways about it.
Then what was he last year when Diego beat him in the Rome QF 62 75?
By your logic he was an even huger underdog last year....
And he dropped NO sets, and destroyed his biggest rival........with no sunshine, no heat, and the roof closed, and everybody agreed that is exactly what you need to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.
 

RelentlessAttack

Hall of Fame
Nadal steamrolled over Borg's Roland Garros record, so I don't see any nerves.
Going for 20 last year was a lot of pressure for anyone, but Nadal had the opposite reaction....
And he's in a lot better shape physically this year than last year.
He’s been playing garbage tennis though. Let’s see how his form rounds out
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
He’s been playing garbage tennis though. Let’s see how his form rounds out
I don't know what you were watching last year, but Schwartzman beat Nadal 62 75 at Rome 2020, and Nadal's wheels looked really bad and even in the 1st Week of Roland Garros he wasn't moving great.
Also in 2019, Nadal lost before the Final of Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

Nadal is definitely playing better tennis in 2021 than he was in 2020 and 2019.
He's moving a lot better and his forehand is a lot more aggressive than those years.

So I don't believe its possible for Nadal to lose at Roland Garros, and I seriously doubt he drops a set....
You should be celebrating that Nadal is about to win 21, and is well on his way to 25........because he's more dominant at Roland Garros now than ever before, dropping only 3 sets in the last 4 years.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
I don't know what you were watching last year, but Schwartzman beat Nadal 62 75 at Rome 2020, and Nadal's wheels looked really bad and even in the 1st Week of Roland Garros he wasn't moving great.
Also in 2019, Nadal lost before the Final of Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

Nadal is definitely playing better tennis in 2021 than he was in 2020 and 2019.
He's moving a lot better and his forehand is a lot more aggressive than those years.

So I don't believe its possible for Nadal to lose at Roland Garros, and I seriously doubt he drops a set....
You should be celebrating that Nadal is about to win 21, and is well on his way to 25........because he's more dominant at Roland Garros now than ever before, dropping only 3 sets in the last 4 years.
Nadal didn't face Zverev in RG 2020, so your point makes zero sense.
 

Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
It's the same old story every year. Everyone panic and start stating how this is the year he'll get beaten at RG(which of course they will be right about at some point if Rafa keeps playing, given that they say it every year). Then RG comes around and he cruises through it losing a maximum of 2 sets.

Will this be the year? Who knows. But until he actually loses at RG, he will ALWAYS be the man to beat there. Regardless of his results leading up to the tournament.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
It's the same old story every year. Everyone panic and start stating how this is the year he'll get beaten at RG(which of course they will be right about at some point if Rafa keeps playing, given that they say it every year). Then RG comes around and he cruises through it losing a maximum of 2 sets.

Will this be the year? Who knows. But until he actually loses at RG, he will ALWAYS be the man to beat there. Regardless of his results leading up to the tournament.
I guess they didn't hear about Goran's humiliation at last year's RG....
Many lessons can be learnt from that.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
I do think his match with Sinner is going to be tough, and there's the rest of his draw too.

Nadal at RG is another animal though so we'll see what level he brings into Paris.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Actually if Nadal plays the exact same level at Roland Garros as he played at Madrid last week, he'll cruise through Roland Garros.

Don't forget, Nadal was up a break mid-way through the 1st Set vs. Zverev........so do you really think Nadal would surrender that break if the match was played at Roland Garros?
Plus Zverev's serve was assisted tremendously at Madrid, so its really the opposite of Roland Garros.

Also, I've said before that Nadal used the correct tactic for the first few games of that match, hitting high and deep and not giving Zverev angles........but toward the end of the 1st Set Nadal started working the angles (his favorite style of tennis) and that played right into Zverev's hands........so it was a very avoidable loss, even at Madrid.

And at Barcelona, Nadal beat Tsitsipas in a close match, but Nadal had championship points at 64 54........so its safe to say Nadal would have won that in straight sets at Roland Garros.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
The more people write him off the more guaranteed he is to win Paris.
I want Djokovic to win Rome. If Djokovic goes in as favourite that will massively help Rafa.
Rafa has spent a career shutting the haters up.
Djokovic going in as the favourite? Umm.. what? That is not possible after his last 4 years at the French. Unless Nadal is injured and just doesn't play.

But Nadal had the benefit last year of everyone else making an immediate transition from hard court to RG.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
He’s been playing garbage tennis though.
As if that matters? Rafa could be playing at his 2015 level and would still be an overwhelming favorite at RG. Nobody has the belief or the balls to take him out on Chatrier. People talking as if Thiem or Zverev could mentally overcome Nadal at the French Open are thinking with their hearts and not their heads. His level of play is literally immaterial, his aura there is unassailable.
 

Checkmate

Hall of Fame
I think he's mostly praising his work ethic.
Sounds unethical to me.

Could have worded it like Rafa's continuous grinding until he achieves the desired outcome.

To say the balls flying in all direction, Forehand landing short was totally unnecessary.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Its hard to believe so many people are still alive after 2020 Roland Garros.
I wonder if they'll survive 2021 Roland Garros........such is their need for Nadal to lose :D
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
There's no doubt Rafa is big underdog heading into Roland Garros.
Let us see if he can once again succeed in the face of insurmountable odds.
Too dramatic. Haha.
He is NOT a big underdog. Still the heavy favorite by FAR in the RG.

That being said, favorite tags don't matter. His game is not as good this year, and he could be beaten by an inspired performance.
My bet is always on Novak as the most likely player to beat Nadal at RG.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Djokovic going in as the favourite? Umm.. what? That is not possible after his last 4 years at the French. Unless Nadal is injured and just doesn't play.

But Nadal had the benefit last year of everyone else making an immediate transition from hard court to RG.
Last paragraph is an excellent point in fairness
 
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