nole is a monster:
1. he has his "movement of death"
2. his return is the best the world has ever seen
3. his backhand the best ever
i dont know how you beat this guy when he is in a zone.
while commenting during the wimbledon and US opens, Johnny Mac was full of praise for Novak's return game and his speed.
Novak's speed and defense was out the roof this year. To do to Rafa and Fed what they do so well to others (defense into offense) is just plain silly. And then to push them back with severe depth in your shots is just mind blowing. That is what (at least to me) made Rafa look so out of place at times. Seemed like Rafa was always trying to adjust to the depth that Novak hit and could not get enough offense going, and of course it was forcing him to hit shots shorter than he wanted to, allowing Novak to deliver even more pain. Rafa makes everyone on tour look very uncomfortable with his style of game. What he does to everyone Novak was doing to Rafa this year. If Novak can keep it up and if Rafa does not find they solution for next season is yet to be seen. But to be watching it will be amazing! Still have my fingers crossed for a 5 set FO final between the two!
I much prefer Nole's style of play than D-Pots' whose main intention is to overpower his opponents. Against him, all you have to do is to throw him off balance. And often times the top players do that to him and that's why he has a poor record agaisnt them. D-Pot is more like your Zone player and can last longer than let's say Tsogna, Berdych, Soderling etc.
As to Nadal - I saw the last set of the DC match vs D-Pot yesterday. I don't think he's going anywhere with that approach against Nole next year; given of course, if they are both healthy and fit. Nole will either have to drop his level or stay unfit in order for Nadal to get a win against him. Maybe Nadal will feel more confident next year and Nole perhaps a bit less. The whole defending part may put a lot of pressure on him. In any case, Nadal still looked fragile despite the DC win.