What happened to Nadal's passing shots?

FreeBird

Legend
I remember 'going to the net and inviting Rafa for passes' meant death 90% of the times. Since 2015, there has been a sharp decline in his passing shots. In fact, apart from improvement in Federer's backhand, this is one of the primary reasons Federer has been able to turn around the rivalry. There can be occasional brilliance but nowadays there is no fear in an opponent's eyes when they go to the net against Rafa. What went wrong? It's not just him but passing shots have become poor for Nishikori too.
 

beard

Legend
Lol I don't ask for attention, I come on here, be myself and get it.
Sorry, maybe you are not aware, or don't wish to be aware, but your posting content is definition of being desperate for attention... :cry:

And accusing others to seek attention, with no reason at all, is another symptom at state of the mind... Believe me, I know what I am talking about ;)
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Sorry, maybe you are not aware, or don't wish to be aware, but your posting content is definition of being desperate for attention... :cry:

And accusing others to seek attention, with no reason at all, is another symptom at state of the mind... Believe me, I know what I am talking about ;)
The definition of GOATY and Epic you mean :p And of course u wanted attention, I already said in my post it wasn't a good match from Roddick, you just wanted to get into a tussle with the King lol...... I let you know I saw u :D
 

Archsree

Rookie
I remember 'going to the net and inviting Rafa for passes' meant death 90% of the times. Since 2015, there has been a sharp decline in his passing shots. In fact, apart from improvement in Federer's backhand, this is one of the primary reasons Federer has been able to turn around the rivalry. There can be occasional brilliance but nowadays there is no fear in an opponent's eyes when they go to the net against Rafa. What went wrong? It's not just him but passing shots have become poor for Nishikori too.
it is lack of practice. Who is approaching net nowadays?
 
I remember 'going to the net and inviting Rafa for passes' meant death 90% of the times. Since 2015, there has been a sharp decline in his passing shots. In fact, apart from improvement in Federer's backhand, this is one of the primary reasons Federer has been able to turn around the rivalry. There can be occasional brilliance but nowadays there is no fear in an opponent's eyes when they go to the net against Rafa. What went wrong? It's not just him but passing shots have become poor for Nishikori too.
Hahaha, he's old now my friend. He's one step slower.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
Because Nadal declined, he totally lost his movement. Yes, there were times when going to the net against him meant losing the point. Now it isn't the case anymore.
 

beard

Legend
The definition of GOATY and Epic you mean :p And of course u wanted attention, I already said in my post it wasn't a good match from Roddick, you just wanted to get into a tussle with the King lol...... I let you know I saw u :D
Sorry again, but no, if I wanted your attention I could always answer to bilion of useless posts and get engaged with you, but I rarely do it...
About RodDick, is there even difference between peak Rod and any Rod? That was point of my post... Please, don't answer to question, its nit real question for you :sneaky:

By now...
 

beard

Legend
Because Nadal declined, he totally lost his movement. Yes, there were times when going to the net against him meant losing the point. Now it isn't the case anymore.
Stupid story about peaks, primes, losing a steps or two ... Everyone is getting slower, everyone has ups and downs in carrier... Carrier form is not strait line up and than down, its fluctuating... And if Novak has more "peaks", and longer peaks (or Nadal, or Federer) its sign of greatness and should be praised...
 
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Deleted member 763691

Guest
Does the OP not realize that Rafa is older? :)
By necessity, Rafa is the attacker more now, not the counter-puncher.
Rafa is coming to the net more than ever, because he no longer is mobile enough to run everything down, and that is why Rafa beat Medvedev in the 5th Set despite Medvedev having more left in the tank.

2019 Wimbledon Final had 422 points.
Federer came to the net 65 times (won 51).

2019 US Open Final had 341 points.
Nadal came to the net 66 times (won 51).
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
His lateral movement has deteriorated greatly, it is evident. From time to time he can make a great forehand passing shot, but he is less and less productive that way.
 

JoshuaPim

Semi-Pro
World class players in their mid 20s would be punishing Nadal and his weak passes, and depriving Djoker of Slams, but there aren't any unfortunately. Weak era.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
His lateral movement has deteriorated greatly, it is evident. From time to time he can make a great forehand passing shot, but he is less and less productive that way.
A lot of the time the great passes he makes these days are down to his anticipation.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Nadal's passing shots have been retired into the Rafa Nadal Academy. They don't leave Mallorcan shores nowadays.
 
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