Re: There is nobody like Nadal
- From: LNC <ugottabkiddin@xxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 14:44:33 -0700
On Jul 3, 1:29 am, tennis41...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:On Jul 2, 4:14 pm, LNC <ugottabkid...@xxxxxx> wrote:
tennis41...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:no, actually good. more degrees of freedom on swings, more rewards forOn Jul 2, 3:16 pm, LNC <ugottabkid...@xxxxxx> wrote:Is it your position that that's a bad thing?I went out yesterday evening and hit the ball around with my son. At oneas I have said before, modern racquets and strings allow you to do
point, he moved wide for a forehand and hit it badly. I came to the net
and started telling him that it looked like to me he hadn't stayed in
the shot, that he whipped through it too quickly and his stroke was too
wristy, too rackety, not coming enough from the right combination of
shoulder turn, hip turn and effective footwork. Then, I looked down at
the racket in my hand and took it all back.
There is no "right" way to hit the ball these days. There is no classic
groundstroke or volley or anything left. All those decades I spent
obsessing about form weren't anything more than trying to feel like I
looked good while I was losing. There is nobody like Nadal and nothing
Roger Federer has a beautiful game. A beautiful style, seemingly classic
lines but it's still a modern game since he uses a modern racket and you
can do things with those (particularly if you're young, strong and
already talented) we could never do with wood. For the record, I don't
miss wood. My body couldn't handle it anymore, there wouldn't be that
"feel" I used to have and it'd be like some halfwitted old man like me
to bring a knife to a gunfight. Roger's the one I want to see win but
there's nobody like Nadal.
So, how do you beat him? There's only one way. Points have to be
extremely short. Patience will not be a virtue. You cannot let him have
any chance to get the ball back because if you do, he will. Forget
unforced errrors; accept that they will be high. At least play the first
set that way and see what happens. If it works out, keep it up; if not,
switch back to boxing instead of slugging in the second.
There's nobody like Nadal out there right now and the game will change
because of him.
things that earlier were thought to be impossible or hazardous.
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killing off serve and volley though.
Yes, it is, probably; however, you and I grew up seeing and playing serve and volley and having it in our minds that that's what tennis is. It hasn't always been that way and in some places, on clay, for example, it's never been that way.
I hate to see it go but tennis isn't mine anymore and I'm not going to participate in holding it back from where it ought to be.
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