Nadal has lost to Djokovic 4 times in a row this year. All of them in Masters finals, twice on hard court and twice on Clay.
Indianwells Final : 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Miami Final: 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
Madrid Final: 7-5, 6-4
Rome Final: 6-4, 6-4
I am actually surprised to see that Nole had to work more on a hard court than on Clay for these wins knowing how good Rafa is on this surface.
I have seen most of these matches and noticed the following:
Rafa's forehand cross court is going straight into Nole's strength - his backhand. Djokovic is feeling pretty comfortable attacking the high bouncing ball of Rafa, even on Clay.
Djokovic's forehand has been pretty consistent and he is able to dictate the play by pinning Rafa on his backhand side and finishing it with powerful ground strokes into the open court.
Djokocis's serve looks pretty reliable and is making it hard for Rafa to break. Also, Rafa seems to be spending more time trying to hold his own service games.
Looking at all this, how should Rafa approach his future encounters with Djokovic? Should he try anything different in trying to break Djokers game? Also noticed that Rafa has tried to play more aggressive and also moonballed more in Rome, but that hasnt worked much.
So, what should be Rafa's game plan for future matches again Nole? Please Discuss.