For those of you who have not been following the happenings of the 2014 Men's Tennis Clay court season, here are the highlights:
- Rafael Nadal lost in the quarter-finals of two tournaments that he has dominated since anyone can last remember (he has won each of the tournaments 8-times)
- He is being pushed around the court by players outside of the top-10 routinely (e.g., Giles Simon, Mikhail Youzhny). These are players whom Rafa used to crush on Clay in years past.
- The French Open is coming to a TV screen near you soon!
Stop running around his backhand so often - he is giving up too much court on the next ball because his forehand isn't what it used to be (point 2)
Find the lines, or the area closer to the lines, a little more often with his forehand. For instance, Nadal needs to hit the down the line a lot more.
Come to net more and finish points earlier
Protect his service games -> 1), 2) and 3) will help with that significantly
Return second serves from the baseline with flatter shots, increasing pressure on his opponents