hello old friends huntingyou, yellowball, and m-sent. great to be here. i am headed to hotter n hell in wichita falls by the way yellowball. been doing that 100 mile cycling event for 11 years now.
i guess the talk is clay monster`s limitations. the good thing about this whole deal is that he has about 5-6 years of huge upside so i expect to see him improving for a while. it is interesting to note that he will be even more dominant on clay once he becomes a more well rounded player in terms of skillset.
for contrast, take a look at roger. has no weaknesses at all in any area. lets just take his volley/net game. he has spent the last 4 years working on it and now can volley as well as anybody on the planet.
that said, you can have an average volley and still make it if you get to go in own your own terms. it is much more important for him to develop a bigger return game and that sliced backhand. borg, to this day, says that his success at wimby was because of his return of serve. he did manage to develop a little bigger serve over time as well.
Yeah, I agree that it's a nice problem to have when you're the number 2 player in the world, and have three GS titles under your belt to have limitations
I've always said though (under the tennis.com board) that a lot of areas where Nadal will improve will be at the expense of what is his current bread and butter. For example, he doesn't read serve very well, which may not be a skill he's ever great at, so the more he stands in the court, the more succeptable he is to V serving against him.
Also, the more aggressive he is, the less he has a chance of wearing out an opponent during a rally as he does now. His serve is a great example - he can hit 134 mph bombs, but he can't serve 80% if he does that, and if he doesn't serve 80%, then he's not grinding his opponent from the baseline at the same levels given the advantage he gives up on 2nd serve. . .
Still, I think there is a nice balance between his defensive self and aggressive self that will be great for him.
For Federer, the funny thing is that I think his improvement over the last year has been Nadal specific. He's playing Nadal better - remember, he only had one victory against Nadal going into last year's wimby, and he's won 4 of their 6 meetings since. I think there are areas that Fed can still get better in too, just not as many as Nadal.