Nadal & Federer's Strategy vs Del Potro / 2009 US Open





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Published on Sep 22, 2009


In previous videos I discussed Rafael Nadal's strategy vs Juan Martin Del Potro and Roger Federer's strategy vs the 2009 US Open men's champion. I said that hitting down the middle of the court was ineffective for Rafa but worked for Federer.

Why did the same strategy work for one player but not the other? It has to do with the type of balls Federer and Nadal hit and where they position themselves on the tennis court. Del Potro was able to exploit Nadal's court positioning and heavy, looping topspin much more effectively than he was able to against Federer's flatter, more penetrating ball.

That said, he beat both guys and won the tournament =)

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Austin Luker
demondayzz....ironic...since he's a two time champion and mavens like murray or djokovic have only one. not a fanboy debate but I think you're incorrect that's what happens anytime rafa runs into harder, flatter hitters.
Bryan Tuck
3:08 hahaha
@TennisCoachno1 they play many of their shots flat, that's what i meant. and they aren't soft hitters without pace either. just watch their matches against nadal, they hit it harder than him on the faster surfaces
@demondayzzz seriously? When you say 'hard'!!??!?! flat hitters you think of ferrer and youzhny. Dude they are deffo not hard hitters especially ferrer. Hard flat hitters are soderling berdych or even davydenko
basically federer didnt use his short slice enough to both sides. making delpo bend and stretch for balls and getting him out of his comfort zone is the key to winning. fed was never gonna win by going toe to toe with delpo
i'm aware he says nadal can hit it deeper but nadal can't hit a flat forehand at all. + he seems to imply it in the title, i don't see where it's mentioned nadal's strategy was something else.
nicholas pizzuti
he didnt say that he did it on purpose he specifically says that nadal can hit it harder and flatter and deeper, but its not his game to at about 1:31, hes not talking as if nadal does that on purpose
fair enough, again i don't see Nadal's advantage on fast surfaces. and del potro hasn't proven his clay pedigree to the same extent that nadal has. additionally while Del Potro has improved it's clear that Nadal peaked in the AO and has since been feeling the effects of the semi/final as well as the 3-4 hr match vs Djokovic before the French open, and recovering from injury, etc. I doubt nadal on form will be troubled by DP on clay. or anyone.
understand or refuse to acknowledge this issue.
Of course the surface matters, no one is disputing that, but my point was that there will always be an inherent advantage in those situations. Federer is much better against the field than Nadal, but when they play against each other, Nadal has an advantage. And you have got to be kidding if you think Del Potro was the same player in 2007, when even in 09 the guy has improved drastically. And I dont think its patronizing rather than remindful since there are a lot of people who dont either
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