Why are there no "Baby Nadals".....because Nadal is more talented :-)

There have been a lot of "Baby Federers" over the past 10 years; Dimitrov is but the latest. This is because Federer's game is classically beautiful, a combination of old-school values and modern-power necessity. But there have been no "Baby Nadals." Perhaps by forcing the preadolescent Rafa, a natural right-hander, to play tennis left-handed, Nadal's uncle Toni created a Frankenstein's monster. No one else can produce the kind of avalanche topspin and psychedelic sidespin that Nadal offers up with his forehand. Federer has employed an assembly line of southpaws over the years as practice partners, but none have been able to prepare him for Rafa. Add Nadal's revolutionary forehand to his warrior spirit and his obsessive drive to improve, and you have a player like none before.
 

dudeski

Hall of Fame
Because nobody else is capable of picking his butt over 500 times in public as Nadal did during 2012 AO final.
 

Blinkism

Legend
I don't know how serious or sarcastic this thread is but just think back to when Federer came on to the scene the bounty of comparisons to former greats such as Sampras, Edberg, etc, etc.

Nadal, on the other hand, has not only had no equals (style-wise) since he's been on the scene, but none that came before him.

So yeah. The chances of someone taking on Nadal's style and making it to the big time are thin. Enjoy it while you can, or hate it while you can - either way.
 

OddJack

G.O.A.T.
Because their mothers and uncles wont let them be. They wont tell them to use their left hand when they are a natural righty. They want them to have a natural life, move out of their mama'as house when they are grown up. They love life too much to ask them to abuse their body and mind and even rules to get to a win.
Oh yeah, nothing is bigger than life itself.
 

THE FIGHTER

Hall of Fame
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars. Trite but true. There is way to much playing it safe in the world.
 
the young players all want to hit super heavy spin. just look at the racket and string forum. the only thing they care about is, is spin.

probably few will use nadals style but I think that extremely heavy spin will become more prevalent.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
It's actually because Nadal's style is a dime a dozen so each new pusher on the block isn't instantly associated with him.

Fed's style, however, is trademarked and rather unique. So it's easy to contrast Dimitrov's similarities with him specifically.
 

R_Federer

Professional
I was thinking the same thing the other day. The answer is simple. Federer plays a beautiful game. The only reason Nadal has fans is because he wins. There is nothing exciting about his game that others would say 'wow I want to do that like Nadal'. The only exception to that might be his ball chasing ability.
 
M

monfed

Guest
The only thing I'd want from Nadal's game are his FH passing shots on the run, but then Pete had them too and they were arguably better since he had less recovery time as the courts were faster. As far as athletic ability goes, why would I pick that up from Nadal when I could choose that from Usain Bolt and the likes.
 

Hood_Man

Legend
Did you see the photo of his hand the other day? Or the tape he had on his knees for so long?

I can't speak for anyone else but I wouldn't want to imitate that, I doubt I have anything close to his endurance for physical pain.

If I was to imitate Federer I'd probably enjoy hitting that backhand all day, even if I did shank them all over the shop. If I tried to imitate Nadal's forehand I'd probably crack my skull open.
 

rh310

Hall of Fame
There have been a lot of "Baby Federers" over the past 10 years; Dimitrov is but the latest. This is because Federer's game is classically beautiful, a combination of old-school values and modern-power necessity. But there have been no "Baby Nadals." Perhaps by forcing the preadolescent Rafa, a natural right-hander, to play tennis left-handed, Nadal's uncle Toni created a Frankenstein's monster. No one else can produce the kind of avalanche topspin and psychedelic sidespin that Nadal offers up with his forehand. Federer has employed an assembly line of southpaws over the years as practice partners, but none have been able to prepare him for Rafa. Add Nadal's revolutionary forehand to his warrior spirit and his obsessive drive to improve, and you have a player like none before.
Faulty, fan-boy analysis.

Until recently, any coach who taught juniors to play with Nadal's technique and Spartan training methods would find himself with no students. And those few juniors, now, that are stylized Baby Nadals are still playing in the 12s to 16s, and it'll be a while yet before they show up to where you'd see them.

It's really no more complicated than that.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
No, I don't think so. There's absolutely nothing similar in stroke production or even footwork between them.
A couple of people compared him to Federer merely because he was the only one out of the "young guns" from last generation with a 1hbh. The others being Novak, Murray Berdych, Monfils, and Baghdatis.

Which ironically proves that players get compared to Federer because of his uniqueness, not the other way round.
 
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Faulty, fan-boy analysis.

Until recently, any coach who taught juniors to play with Nadal's technique and Spartan training methods would find himself with no students. And those few juniors, now, that are stylized Baby Nadals are still playing in the 12s to 16s, and it'll be a while yet before they show up to where you'd see them.

It's really no more complicated than that.
The OP was was being a Rafa fanboy and clearly trolling with his provocative "more talent" thread knowing that it would get a rise out of the Fed fanboys who've now added their own fanboy stupidity to an already stupid thread. Nice FAIL TDK.

Nothing plus nothing equals nothing in this case : )
 

Pouet156

Rookie
Well, only because of hope.

People call him babyfed because they hope to see the greatness of Fed again in another player.

Nobody hopes to see more Rafa on the court.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
I was thinking the same thing the other day. The answer is simple. Federer plays a beautiful game. The only reason Nadal has fans is because he wins. There is nothing exciting about his game that others would say 'wow I want to do that like Nadal'. The only exception to that might be his ball chasing ability.
Yes Roger, we hear you.
 

barcafc_10

New User
Why are there no baby Nadals?

Interesting but let me answer your question with a question..

Is there a baby Safin?baby Hewitt?baby Djokovic?baby Sampras?baby Agassi?baby Edberg?baby Laver? baby Roddick? Baby etc?
 

barcafc_10

New User
Dimitrov is considered baby Federer because he copied all Federer's shots/moves. I think Dimitrov is the only one who did that in tennis. Kobe did it on basketball.
 

cronus

Professional
marion bartoli is baby tony :D

she does everything tony does including the passing shot.

 
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Rozroz

G.O.A.T.
answering the OP -
because his game is so ANNOYING that one more of those will be the real end of tennis.
 

tipsa...don'tlikehim!

Talk Tennis Guru
And also loses. Check out 0-7 vs Djokovic in 2011. Or Rosol - Darcis back to back Wimby exits. Nadal's career has it's low points too, you just have to want to see them.
No player wins 100% of the matches he plays, but right now he is the player who got the highest percentage of wins, that is a fact, you can't argue with that, HE IS THE BEST! :)
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
There are no "baby Nadals" because his style is unorthodox, something that will only come around once or twice in a lifetime, and frankly unattainable for most.

The crazy one sided follow through, using a relatively light stick (for Pros), small grip for you hand size, tiny tight shoes to "feel the court" (yes he's admitted to using a half size small),and a brutal run down and slide attack simply put, would DESTROY THE BODIES OF MOST PLAYERS...and damn well nearly did his knees in for good.

He is great, may eventually be the coveted GOAT..but one thing for sure...UNIQUE!

Fed on the other hand plays fundamental tennis, and did to perfection, and extreme efficiency...so anyone who likewise makes tennis look "easy" will be compared to him.
 
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