> > Federer competing against Nadal on clay made him better player on
> > other surfaces but did him nothing on clay!!
> > I did not see any tactics so far that Federer used to beat Nadal on
> > clay.
> > If Federer hired Roche to win the FO, then it's a bad hire, since
> > nothing changed in Federer tactics to annoy Nadal.
> > If he hired him just to improve his volley, then I'd say there is
> > little improvments.
> > With all the shot making that Federer has, he did nothing different
> > the last two years to compete against Nadal on clay!
> > Either Federer does not care too much about winning on clay to the
> > extent that makes him change something in his game, racquet or style
> > of play that may affect his chances on non-clay tournaments specially
> > Wimb or
> > he is not willing to listen to his coach!!
> > For sure Nadal is a monster on clay, but still a good coach can find a
> > way to get Federer to annoy him and expose some hidden weaknesses in
> > his game or style.
> It takes a monumental effort for the rest of the tour to beat Fed on any
> surface but it takes an even greater effort from him to beat Nadal on
> clay it seems. Of course this is his 1st clay tournament this season,
> let's see things go after he's better acclimated himself to the surface.
> He's got plenty o' time before the big FO.- Hide quoted text -
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I like to see him winning, but I don't see anything new, it's the same
Nadal is comfortable on clay, Federer is not comfortable, Nadal is
dictating play and Federer is slow on the surface and ends up
generating a lot of errors.
People think that Federer enjoys hitting UE on clay against Nadal or
he is playing bad!!
The reality is they are all forced errors, Nadal's speed on clay
exposed Federer' slowness on clay, Federer is chasing the ball and
Nadal is waiting for it in the right spot for Federer's return to
finish the point.
This is when Federer is forced to make errors.
It's all about movement and footwork on clay. Also it's about how they
learnt to hit the ball.
Federer swings the heavy racquet uses great timing to hit the ball,
Nadal does not hit the ball, he uses the big racquet face to brush the
hill out of the ball, gives him more margin for error, good clearance
on the net and more action on the ball.
Of course Nadal needs more time to do that, and he gets it on clay.