based on the developments and slowly shifting dynamics, which have actually been in the works since the end of 2010, what are your thoughts on RG?
is nole the heavy favorite now? what about murray?
what can nadal do to capture another RG crown? what will it take?
No one, unless it's Nadal, will ever be a HEAVY favorite at RG if Nadal plays. It would be border line idiotic to ever put money against Nadal on clay. He's the best clay courter of all time, and that's a fact. As for Murray, that's a laugh. He can compete with the best on hard courts and grass, but he's not good enough on clay. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes out before the quarters at RG.
The 'shifting dynamics', as I said, still aren't good enough to take Nadal away from being the favorite. All they've done is make him not as heavy a favorite. Look at 2011. Nole beat Rafa in straight sets at Madrid and Rome, but couldn't even make the final at RG.
The only thing Nadal needs to do to take yet another RG crown is work on his mental strength and confidence right now. That's what really broke down in the MC final. He got to pressure moments, and then sprayed errors.
indian wells was a tragic mistake that may even cost him at RG this year.
he could have used those 12 days to stay on clay. his legendary ground game is nearly gone.
and he still refuses to see the light.
that is all he has and all he can do: all he can do is hit backhands and forehands.
there are no easy points on the serve for him and no easy points on the return. so the ground game has to be bullet proof the way it used to be.
and he also has zero confidence at the net. he is 1/2 scared to death of the damn net.
it is sad to see but you knew this was going to happen: you fail to improve on a single front in 4 years and then you drop your fitness. so of course this is what you get.
I just read that he lost 11 of last 12 points after leading 6-5 in the 2nd set. how pathetic is that.
Playing IW wasn't a bad decision. He can't just play on clay and then expect to succeed on the grass courts directly after RG and then go into the US Open Series without having played HC all year. He needs to adjust his schedule some, but he can't be afraid to ever play on HC again. Play IW and skipping Miami was a smart decision. I think he should've skipped Barcelona, though.
All he can do is hit forehands and backhands? He's vastly improved his serve in the last three or four years and now does win points off his serve sometimes. Not as often as others, but it's not like he uses the serve as just a way to start a point like he did when he was younger. And if you think there's no easy points for him off the RoS, then you obviously didn't watch the Tsonga match. He attacked Tsonga's second a good bit, and even fired return aces off of hot first serves a few times.
No, he doesn't have much confidence at the net, but he approaches when he needs to and is a very capable volleyer.
Again, like I said in the other thread, saying that he refuses to improve is just flat out wrong. His game is a constant work in progress. Read the other thread if you want specifics on what he's done to his game recently. As far as dropping his fitness, not really. He can still run just as fast and seemingly can last just as long, he just has made a conscious decision to let some shots go in order to preserve his knees. But not many.
And to say that you HEARD that, I'm guessing you didn't watch the match at all. So insulting Rafa's play isn't a smart decision. He played just fine, and Nole was spot on all match. The reason he lost those points is because, as I've said, he isn't as mentally strong as he used to be. He sprays errors when the pressure moments come. But I'm sure he'll work on that and be ready to take RG again by the time it rolls around.