When Nadal saved 5 MP's to win a title.....

topher

Professional
I’m marveling that a Nadal highlight video goes the first 3 minutes with Rafa only winning one point :p
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
Donut Dave taking Nadal to the brink at his peak, good times.

I don't even really mean this to put down Nadal, but it was nice when there were random floaters like later career Dave who were talented enough to play some really good looking and fun to watch tennis on any given day even if they weren't serious contenders.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
Seriously the guy has a permanent booth at Krispy Kreme in his honor but still finds the time to cleanly strike balls past peak Nadal on a slow court.

Being able to consistently hit the ball in the center of the strings is a marvelous gift. You either have it or you don't. The kids today, they don't.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Seriously the guy has a permanent booth at Krispy Kreme in his honor but still finds the time to cleanly strike balls past peak Nadal on a slow court.

Being able to consistently hit the ball in the center of the strings is a marvelous gift. You either have it or you don't. The kids today, they don't.
That serve unfortunately pretty much assured that Nalby wasn't going to be a rival to Fed.
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
Seriously the guy has a permanent booth at Krispy Kreme in his honor but still finds the time to cleanly strike balls past peak Nadal on a slow court.

Being able to consistently hit the ball in the center of the strings is a marvelous gift. You either have it or you don't. The kids today, they don't.
Today's youngster lack talent than anything. Even Sinner (best out of them) nowhere close to ball striking ability of Nalbandian. Then you've kyrgios who pushes ball all time. *Facepalm*
 

aldeayeah

Legend
Nalby choked spectacularly that day, but good job Rafa on pressuring him and eventually capitalizing on his collapse.

IMO Nalby was a super bad HC matchup for early Hardal, he was sort of a far more aggressive Davydenko, or maybe a Fed with a 2HBH - bad news either way. They didn't meet too often though.
 

RS

Legend
Today's youngster lack talent than anything. Even Sinner (best out of them) nowhere close to ball striking ability of Nalbandian. Then you've kyrgios who pushes ball all time. *Facepalm*
Sinner is still developing and like 19 and Nalbandian himself while a excellent player clearly was not all that.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
Kinda unrelated but I watched USO 2010 Final and Rafas backhand was AO2009 level. Half the time he was gaining control of rallies with the flat powerful backhand and finishing points off with the forehand.

he looked unbeatable from the baseline. Truly Peak Nadal.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
Today's youngster lack talent than anything. Even Sinner (best out of them) nowhere close to ball striking ability of Nalbandian. Then you've kyrgios who pushes ball all time. *Facepalm*
You keep being up players that have clown mental games. Well yeah.
 
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