More about Nadal's level of play. It's a serious issue.
As discussed, his mechanics look fine.
Many people have nice looking mechanics, but are not even pros.
So to look at only mechanics, which I did, there seemed to be nothing terribly wrong just by looking.
Now you have Isner taking Nadal to 5 sets, why wasn't Nadal running Isner from side to side?
To have the BH working right Nadal has to be aggressive and trust his shots. Mechanics aren't enough as pointed out by Start The Game.
There's been several matches since Nadal played Djokovic and he's not looked like the Nadal of the past.
This discussion is going on in different forums through the internet.
We need more reasons than mechanics of the BH.
Maybe the mental drive could be a factor, this is probably the case.
Any other perspectives would be appreciated.
believe me, it's the backhand and backhand alone.........mental drive is not at all an issue, he is driven to kill in this roland garros and reestablish his authority on clay.........he once said he will not even enter the court and will retire from the sport the day he has no more desire to win.........
at the moment his overall game is taking a hit due to the junk balls he's producing off his backhand.........if you noticed yesterday against pablo, there was no single point in the match where he din't try to run around his backhand and take it on the forehand.........
i now have a feeling that his backhand will continue being below par through out this french open.........one week is too less a time to improve it........
he will somehow manage the title victory with his great forehand and unbeatable footspeed alone.........he is still that good........his backhand will only get back to its best at wimbledon
.........on grass there is no way but to play aggressive.........that makes nadal hit through his fears to get his backhand back in groove........at the moment he is doubting himself to plant the foot forward and drive firmly off the backhand.........it's a thing of confidence........