Rafa's grunt length: Did I imagine this?

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
I like Rafa, but something caught my attention during the USO that made me wonder a bit. In the Medvedev match it seemed that when hitting the ball his grunts were prolonged to the point that he was still making noise as Medvedev was about to hit the ball. However, when he played his friend and practice buddy Schwartzman, his grunts were shorter and thus less of a potential hindrance to his opponent. DId this happen, and could it have been conscious or unconscious gamesmanship? Was it just too much Asahi Dry Black?
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
I like Rafa, but something caught my attention during the USO that made me wonder a bit. In the Medvedev match it seemed that when hitting the ball his grunts were prolonged to the point that he was still making noise as Medvedev was about to hit the ball. However, when he played his friend and practice buddy Schwartzman, his grunts were shorter and thus less of a potential hindrance to his opponent. DId this happen, and could it have been conscious or unconscious gamesmanship? Was it just too much Asahi Dry Black?
Anyone who says its gamesmanship, has no foundation, so not worth asking this question :)
And its pretty obvious this thread is just to slander Rafa, and nothing more.
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
It's no secret that 'Dal and Djok' extend their grunts during key pressure moments, even delay their grunts so they reach right when the ball reaches the opponent's side

I did a thread showing multiple instances of this, but it got deleted
Grunting releases Rafa's tension, that is why the grunt is enhanced during key pressure moments.
Anyone who plays sport will understand this :)
Its similar to when people feel nervous they take deep breaths to reduce their nerves.
 

victorcruz

Professional
I think your bootleg stream from the basement were lagging. Sometimes the video is ahead of the sound on 56k internet. You might need to upgrade buddy.
 

Yoneyama

Professional
I have never thought Nadal's grunts to be gamesmanship, they always just seem about the same give or take. Djokovic on the other hand...... sometimes his grunts have been obvious gamesmanship. Whenever he is up s### creek he starts these extremely prolonged and exaggerated grunts. He never does them when he is in the lead / on even ground.
 

Amritia

Semi-Pro
What Federer fans must do now is watch the 5th set of Nadal-Medvedev on loop, to conduct this important research into Nadal's grunt.
Please pay special attention to the Nadal's converted break point in game 5 of the 5th set, or the crucial break point he saved serving for the match. Also is it me or did he make a massive grunt when hitting the unreturnable serve on match point? Hard to tell, so inspect this last one multiple times to be sure.

Try to take your mind of the significance of the points, in particular the epic breathtaking drama as Nadal sealed his 19th Grand Slam. These distractions could waylay your investigation.
Thank you.
 

TearTheRoofOff

Hall of Fame
I have never thought Nadal's grunts to be gamesmanship, they always just seem about the same give or take. Djokovic on the other hand...... sometimes his grunts have been obvious gamesmanship. Whenever he is up s### creek he starts these extremely prolonged and exaggerated grunts. He never does them when he is in the lead / on even ground.
Those ones against Chung at AO were hilarious.
 
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