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Date: 21 Feb 2009 23:04:55
From: Kunndi
Subject: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
Nadal had NO business winning the 1st and 3rd sets of the Aussie Open final.
Federer could have won this in straight sets! Nadal is clearly in Federer's
head. He is also mentally tougher (we know he's physically stronger!). So,
this will be a REAL test to see whether Federer will be 'broken' like he was
after his Wimbledon loss last year, when he started losing to lower ranked
players. It was good to see him recover from that towards the end of the
year.


I think Federer's chances against Nadal boil down to how well Federer
serves. If he does not get a high percentage of first serves in, he will
lose. OTOH, getting in a high percentage of first serves loosens him up for
his ground strokes and allows him to be more aggressive on his return game.

Aside: It will be interesting to look at Fed's first serve and serve winning
percentages from the sets he's won vice the ones he's lost against Rafa.


Also, I agree with the commentators about the other aspect in that Fed needs
to relax and be more aggressive on break points against Rafa. It's amazing
how many break point chances he's squandered in all of the matches he's lost
against Rafa. It's very clear that Rafa is in his head because he does so
well against pretty much everyone else in this area. Perhaps Federer can
try the trick that Navratilova started using towards the end of her career -
she would smile and laugh, etc. This is outside of Federer's comfort zone
(he tries to be business-like; like during the Roddick match), but he
clearly needs to try something different.


The bottom line is that Rafa has a game plan and sticks to it. When in
doubt he pushes Fed deep into his backhand corner and forces him to hit a
high backhand.

Aside: from a practice standpoint - Fed should go all out on that high
backhand. d'oh! J

I think Federer's variety actually hurts him against Rafa. He doesn't have
conviction on any one thing. For instance, Murray beat Rafa at the US Open
last year by out running Rafa; I would NOT advice that to Fed. People like
Tsonga are bigger than Rafa and actually intimidate/overpowe r him
(sometimes).


Federer is not going to intimidate Rafa (especially now!), but I think that
Federer can and should try to be more aggressive. Look at who Rafa has
historically had trouble against: people like Berdych, Blake and Tsonga -
guys who go for broke. Of course, the flip side of this is that it is a
high risk tactic and Fed will probably come out on the loosing end a few
times too; perhaps even the first couple of times he tries this. However,
if he perseveres and wins handily (which he is capable of doing - remember
the 6-0 set when he stopped Rafa's clay court winning streak?), it will
serve to build his confidence and serve him well going forward.


Stream of consciousness aside, who will be a good coach for Fed? Rod Laver?
Nah...

Hmmm. perhaps Mighty Mac or, Steely Borg? After all, Rafa is Mac and Fed is
Borg, right? They are continuing a story that Borg and Mac never finished
(if I recall, Borg quit after the US Open following his loss to Mac at
Wimbledon).

J

PS: All of this musing is purely from Fed's point of view, of course. If
you've noticed Rafa has improved over the past few years himself and is just
now -reaching- his peak. Who knows what he will improve next?! The only
bad thing for Rafa is that his style of play is really tough on his body.







 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 15:41:44
From:
Subject: Re: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
Serving well is a must but it's Nadal's special ability to chase balls
that should have been winners-against-any-other-player and put them
back in the court, is what gave Nadal the victory. Check the slice
volley in the first set the Federer put it cross court and Nadal
chased back to pass Federer, and another one that Nadal hit from 10
feet behind the baseline to pass Federer crosscourt. These points made
huge difference in the score and gave the sets to Nadal. When Nadal
slows down a bit, he will be affected a lot.


  
Date: 21 Feb 2009 20:03:12
From:
Subject: Re: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
On Feb 21, 6:41=A0pm, wkh...@my-deja.com wrote:
> Serving well is a must but it's Nadal's special ability to chase balls
> that should have been winners-against-any-other-player and put them
> back in the court, is what gave Nadal the victory. Check the slice
> volley in the first set the Federer put it cross court and Nadal
> chased back to pass Federer, and another one that Nadal hit from 10
> feet behind the baseline to pass Federer crosscourt. These points made
> huge difference in the score and gave the sets to Nadal. When Nadal
> slows down a bit, he will be affected a lot.

3 words: Double Handed Backhand.


 
Date: 22 Feb 2009 00:37:17
From: Petter Solbu
Subject: Re: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
Kunndi wrote:
> Nadal had NO business winning the 1st and 3rd sets of the Aussie Open final.
> Federer could have won this in straight sets! Nadal is clearly in Federer's
> head.

Are you new to this newsgroup?

PS.


  
Date: 21 Feb 2009 16:10:16
From:
Subject: Re: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
On Feb 21, 11:37=A0pm, Petter Solbu <pettermann1...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> Kunndi wrote:
> > Nadal had NO business winning the 1st and 3rd sets of the Aussie Open f=
inal.
> > Federer could have won this in straight sets! =A0Nadal is clearly in Fe=
derer's
> > head.
>
> Are you new to this newsgroup?
>
> PS.

Been around a good while if I remember - hasn't posted lately though


 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 23:25:13
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: What does Fed need to do to beat Rafa?
"Kunndi" <kunndi@nospam.pls > wrote in message
news:rM%nl.830$tw4.43@nwrddc01.gnilink.net...
> Nadal had NO business winning the 1st and 3rd sets of the Aussie Open
> final. Federer could have won this in straight sets! Nadal is clearly in
> Federer's


You are reposting the same thing that was discussed TO DEATH on Feb 1-3.
Give it a rest.