Quote from: T.T.T. Splitter on June 09, 2007, 05:40:25 AMANDY RODDICK, NADAL CALLED AND HE WANTS HIS ARMS BACKAnyone see that Men's Fitness cover? I get the magazine, and saw the cover and did a wtf doubletake before starting to laugh hysterically. I turned on ESPN to see that the guys on PTI were making fun of this too.Haha, what did they say about it?
ANDY RODDICK, NADAL CALLED AND HE WANTS HIS ARMS BACKAnyone see that Men's Fitness cover? I get the magazine, and saw the cover and did a wtf doubletake before starting to laugh hysterically. I turned on ESPN to see that the guys on PTI were making fun of this too.
It's so disappointing to see Federer play like he's a completely different person every time he plays against Nadal on clay. His strongest shot--his forehand--kept failing him and he was making wreckless errors. I'm not even talking about barely missing the line, I'm talking about forehand shots with complete lack of control when all he needed to do was direct the ball to the open court to win the point. Not to mention his inability to convert all of those break points. Nadal is amazing but Federer's game always drops a level when he plays Nadal on clay...it's all in his head. This year really was his best shot, I really wanted him to clinch the Slam.
Actually, Nadal really took it to Federer even on Fed's best surface (grass). And I believe the record on hard court is something like 2-2. Nadal's being a leftie is a problem for Fed's backhand but if you watched the game, Fed was most troubled on the forehand side. He actually dealt with his backhand shots quite well. I understand that Nadal is an excellent player..but I'm a huge Federer fan and I watch virtually each of his matches and things that he excels against other opponents he suddenly can't do against Nadal--and I'm talking about things such as unforced errors that he would normally not make, low first serve percentage, total lack of aggressiveness (not coming to the net...not varying his backhand with some slices, which he normally always odes), and languid body language. Best example of this would be that five-setter final on clay last year (Monte Carlo or Rome) where I believe Federer had match points in the fifth and then collapsed and had the match stolen...or the French open final last year where he came out firing in the first set and then his level of play suddenly dropped exponentially...Even on those other surfaces, it can't be said that Fed dominates Nadal like he dominates everyone else.
But the unforced errors Federer makes against Nadal are indirectly forced--Federer feels so much pressure to hit a great shot he ends up choking. Against worse players he has more confidence that he can win his way.