Nadal's signature shot

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
That's a badass picture right there. Skillful defending.
Yeah it's nuts to me that he still uses that both as a return and in rallies, and spins completely around with his back to the ball and usually has to run to the FH side of the court afterward. To me, that's the one thing he does that I always pop for the way I did when I first saw it bc it's not easy!
 

King No1e

Legend
Yeah it's nuts to me that he still uses that both as a return and in rallies, and spins completely around with his back to the ball and usually has to run to the FH side of the court afterward. To me, that's the one thing he does that I always pop for the way I did when I first saw it bc it's not easy!
Murray does it really well, too. Phenomenal athletes, both of them.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
My favorite Nadal "shot" is actually his spinning slice backhand return and defensive shot. When he wins points after using it to stay in a rally it's epic af :D

That's a badass picture right there. Skillful defending.
Yeah it's nuts to me that he still uses that both as a return and in rallies, and spins completely around with his back to the ball and usually has to run to the FH side of the court afterward. To me, that's the one thing he does that I always pop for the way I did when I first saw it bc it's not easy!
Murray does it really well, too. Phenomenal athletes, both of them.
Really? It's literally one of the easiest ones to do because when you have to reach further out than your normal reach on your non-dominant side, the only way to extend it is to pivot on your outer leg and turn backwards because the shoulder width + that first step gives you like 3-6 ft extra reach. Some people don't do it because while you gain ground you lose a split second of recovery time because you need to turn 90-180 one more time to run / prepare for the next shot.
 
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