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Re: Rafael Nadal's 14th Grand Slam Celebration
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2014, 02:35:13 pm »
well the backhand was not realiable so it needed more time to get into a bit of a rhythm. he cant beat nole without his backhand firing well.

so that priority #1. he had to make the backhand work a little bit more effectively as it affects everthing. it affects his court positioning. it affects his return of serve.

and it affects his ability to try to control the center of the court which is absolutely crucial against nole.


next he had to move in a little bit closer to the baseline.


thirdly he knew he had to have the DTL forehand working for him so he started going for it. he would miss quite a few but still he made them when he had to.

he would hit 27 forehand winners on this day.


he also started to return a little better.


now toward the end of the match he again started to back up a little bit and again started to run around the backhand too much.

but by then nole was worn down mentally and physically so it worked for rafa.

rafa became a little bit conservative in the end but it worked out.


so the key was better court positioning and more effective forehand and slightly more effective backhand as the match wore on.


his will and his athletic ability did the rest.


it is just a huge mental edge going in this particular battle knowing that you are 5-0 against him there. that provided rafa with some calm and composure which he displayed the whole match.

that calm and composed feeling served him well. he never lost belief and he kept a handle on his nerve.

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Re: Rafael Nadal's 14th Grand Slam Celebration
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2014, 06:57:11 pm »
well the backhand was not realiable so it needed more time to get into a bit of a rhythm. he cant beat nole without his backhand firing well.

so that priority #1. he had to make the backhand work a little bit more effectively as it affects everthing. it affects his court positioning. it affects his return of serve.

and it affects his ability to try to control the center of the court which is absolutely crucial against nole.


next he had to move in a little bit closer to the baseline.


thirdly he knew he had to have the DTL forehand working for him so he started going for it. he would miss quite a few but still he made them when he had to.

he would hit 27 forehand winners on this day.


he also started to return a little better.


now toward the end of the match he again started to back up a little bit and again started to run around the backhand too much.

but by then nole was worn down mentally and physically so it worked for rafa.

rafa became a little bit conservative in the end but it worked out.


so the key was better court positioning and more effective forehand and slightly more effective backhand as the match wore on.


his will and his athletic ability did the rest.


it is just a huge mental edge going in this particular battle knowing that you are 5-0 against him there. that provided rafa with some calm and composure which he displayed the whole match.

that calm and composed feeling served him well. he never lost belief and he kept a handle on his nerve.

Thanks so much. You make it sound so simple. Now, I can see it, but I never would've been able to articulate it.

Great points, I did notice Rafa's calm and composure and his use of the DTL. I just love that no matter how many times he's doubted or he loses, he has supreme confidence in himself. If he's confused and can't a solution he'll admit, but he'll also put his hard hat on keep trying.

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Re: Rafael Nadal's 14th Grand Slam Celebration
« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2014, 08:27:12 pm »
well the backhand was not realiable so it needed more time to get into a bit of a rhythm. he cant beat nole without his backhand firing well.

so that priority #1. he had to make the backhand work a little bit more effectively as it affects everthing. it affects his court positioning. it affects his return of serve.

and it affects his ability to try to control the center of the court which is absolutely crucial against nole.


next he had to move in a little bit closer to the baseline.


thirdly he knew he had to have the DTL forehand working for him so he started going for it. he would miss quite a few but still he made them when he had to.

he would hit 27 forehand winners on this day.


he also started to return a little better.


now toward the end of the match he again started to back up a little bit and again started to run around the backhand too much.

but by then nole was worn down mentally and physically so it worked for rafa.

rafa became a little bit conservative in the end but it worked out.


so the key was better court positioning and more effective forehand and slightly more effective backhand as the match wore on.


his will and his athletic ability did the rest.


it is just a huge mental edge going in this particular battle knowing that you are 5-0 against him there. that provided rafa with some calm and composure which he displayed the whole match.

that calm and composed feeling served him well. he never lost belief and he kept a handle on his nerve.

Thanks so much. You make it sound so simple. Now, I can see it, but I never would've been able to articulate it.

Great points, I did notice Rafa's calm and composure and his use of the DTL. I just love that no matter how many times he's doubted or he loses, he has supreme confidence in himself. If he's confused and can't a solution he'll admit, but he'll also put his hard hat on keep trying.


I was watching his body language and his facial expressions in that battle.

he was not able to capitalize on his opportunities in that first set but his belief and his body language never changed one bit.

so he basically spotted him a set and then proceeded to take his will and his spirit away anyway.



also I think tony is wrong. Rafa would have found a way in the 5th set. he did last year.


sure rafa was cramping but he was managing it. I think nole was getting fatigued and it would have hurt him in the 5th. they even showed nole staggering to his seat at one instance.

bottom line is this: not a good idea to bet against Rafa at a RG final. he wins 100% of those battles.

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Re: Rafael Nadal's 14th Grand Slam Celebration
« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2014, 02:51:44 pm »
well the backhand was not realiable so it needed more time to get into a bit of a rhythm. he cant beat nole without his backhand firing well.

so that priority #1. he had to make the backhand work a little bit more effectively as it affects everthing. it affects his court positioning. it affects his return of serve.

and it affects his ability to try to control the center of the court which is absolutely crucial against nole.


next he had to move in a little bit closer to the baseline.


thirdly he knew he had to have the DTL forehand working for him so he started going for it. he would miss quite a few but still he made them when he had to.

he would hit 27 forehand winners on this day.


he also started to return a little better.


now toward the end of the match he again started to back up a little bit and again started to run around the backhand too much.

but by then nole was worn down mentally and physically so it worked for rafa.

rafa became a little bit conservative in the end but it worked out.


so the key was better court positioning and more effective forehand and slightly more effective backhand as the match wore on.


his will and his athletic ability did the rest.


it is just a huge mental edge going in this particular battle knowing that you are 5-0 against him there. that provided rafa with some calm and composure which he displayed the whole match.

that calm and composed feeling served him well. he never lost belief and he kept a handle on his nerve.

Thanks so much. You make it sound so simple. Now, I can see it, but I never would've been able to articulate it.

Great points, I did notice Rafa's calm and composure and his use of the DTL. I just love that no matter how many times he's doubted or he loses, he has supreme confidence in himself. If he's confused and can't a solution he'll admit, but he'll also put his hard hat on keep trying.


I was watching his body language and his facial expressions in that battle.

he was not able to capitalize on his opportunities in that first set but his belief and his body language never changed one bit.

so he basically spotted him a set and then proceeded to take his will and his spirit away anyway.



also I think tony is wrong. Rafa would have found a way in the 5th set. he did last year.



sure rafa was cramping but he was managing it. I think nole was getting fatigued and it would have hurt him in the 5th. they even showed nole staggering to his seat at one instance.

bottom line is this: not a good idea to bet against Rafa at a RG final. he wins 100% of those battles.

I was too, and I was so glad to see that. He was focused and knew he could do it. He never got down, pouted, or shrugged. He had made up his mind that he wasn't relinquishing his turf and he made sure he didn't.

What I found so amazing is that although he was cramping, he showed few visible signs of it. He wasn't about to give Nole any hope at all. At one point he stumbled, but righted himself quickly and continued to get his grind on.

This match, in addition to talent, skill, and incredibly high tennis IQs was all about heart. I'll bet Toni showed him some matches where he let Novak in with his doubt. They made sure it didn't happen again.

Of course, Toni was wrong, but also strategic. He has been smart to not let Rafa rest on his laurels. He's always letting him know that there's room for improvement. Many times the top guys get used to everyone lauding them and they begin to think their talent is everything, but you have to understand, that no matter how good you are, things can change.

I think this approach works well for Rafa, he takes in what Toni says, but he's also supremely confident in his own abilities. It's not a bad thing to be warned. It keeps you human.

And, it translates into other parts of his persona. I think that's why he doesn't act like he's a superstar, he respects his opponents, and I don't recall him ever coming out in the press talking about possible opponents in a haphazard way.

There's so much to admire about this guy. 

 

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