First of all I believe that young Serbian, Djokovic, has the required game and heart to beat Nadal on Clay. He has already done so on Hard and clay is different, but in the back of Nadal's mind this factor must be playing in his mind that afterall he was beaten by Djokovic. Djokovic has a good serve, good return, great ground game, and above all has a killer drop shot which is so effective on Clay. He moves well as well. So, maybe, Djokovic can do the dirty work for you. Federer Vs. Nadal in the Final: Right now, please take care of your semi-final opponent, Davydenko. If you win, then keep the following in mind to play Nadal in the Final in case he clears Djokovic's hurdle: -- I do believe that afterall you have found the winning formula to beat Nadal (Hamburg, Germany) and that is not to overly play his backhand. When you are Serving: Serve wide to his BH and then hit the ball in the open court (his forehand). Serve wide to his BH and then hit a wrong-footing shot (maybe 3 out of 10 times). Serve wide to his FH (ad court), and then hit a big shot in the open court (his BH). Serve wide to his FH (ad court), and then hit a wrong-footing shot to his FH (1 out of 10). When he expects serve to his BH, hit a quick serve to his FH. Also, hit a jamming serve in his body, close to his right hip. When Returning Serve: Because he is a lefty, you will find more serves to your backhand, so be mentally prepared for this. The key is watch his body position on the court, and watch the toss, read and react to the ball. When rallying with him from the Baseline: Do not overplay his backhand. Do not forget the fact that all the right-handed players hit more to his BH. His Forehand appears to be a great shot but let's not forget that his backhand gets more practice than his forehand which also means that his backhand is steadier than his forehand. When you hit to his BH, it better be close to the singles side-line. If your shot is a bit short and more toward the center, watch his insideout forehand. From this position, this is his best shot -- his insideout forehand! Also, when you hit to his forehand and your shot is less powerful .. a bit short .. watch his forehand down the line to your forehand. -- After you have hit 2-3 quality shots to his BH including the one that is short/angular cross-court .. the one which pulls him wide onto his BH side, then hit the next shot to his forehand. -- After you have hurt him with a quality/forceful/deep shot to his forehand, then go to his backhand. Do not be afraid of his forehand. If you want to expose his backhand side, you ought to pull him wide onto his forehand side. Yes, in such a situation, mind your own forehand side. -- Playing Nadal, you must watch and be prepared for his best shots: His insideout forehand, his down the line forehand, and his sharp/angular cross-court forehand. -- When you rally with him, keep him away from the center of the court. Yes, in some defensive situations it is o.k. to hit a high roller deep into the center of the court. -- When he is pinned deep behind the baseline and you have a bit short ball to work with, well-executed drop-shot is a weapon against him. In such a scenario, use your dropshot as an approach shot and go to the net in case he would like to use his speed! -- When you are Attacking: On a bit short ball, use a slice approach shot deep down the line to his BH and be ready for a volley. You have a great slice, great sense at the net, but you do not seem to be using this combination quite often against Nadal. -- When you are defending (he is at the net): He has a reasonably good first volley but he seems to be lost for the second and third. If he does come to the net on a short ball, be ready with a (combination of) passing shot(s). Cross court or down the line pass? Well, this depends on his approach shot, his position at the net, and your position at the baseline. -- Watch the ball, move well, and be mentally prepared for a long match. Because you have beaten him on Clay in Hamburg although that was a 3-set match and this is 5-set match, this must be playing on his mind. So take advantage of this. -- Since he thrashed Lleyton Hewit in the F.O. (though Lleyton was very close in beating him in Germany), you must know that this is French Open, and you ought to do each thing better -- serve better, return better, rally better, attack better, defend better, and that you should demonstrate more mental toughness. Good luck. I will be waiting for results.