Rafa: The Hidden Dimensions. From Anand 101. Thanks.
Posted by tennisplanet on June 9, 2008
Rafa: The Hidden Dimensions
Fed once called Rafa one-dimensional. He alluded to the way Rafa single-mindedly hits his topspin forehand (not to mention the serve) into Fed’s one-handed backhand.
In a way this is basically repetition of a single angle, something that would (and does) bore the skulls out of viewers and probably opponents.
However, watching the final left me realizing that it was Fed and all the others who are missing a dimension — the vertical. Rafa has the unique ability to toss those forehands high up into the air and bring it back down inside right at the edge of the court, with a lot of topspin.
If you looked at Fed and Djoker’s game for example, it is very flat in comparison. All their angles are in two dimensions. Rafa’s is in three dimensions.
Of course that one angle still doesn’t make for great viewing but Rafa has always had spectacular on-the-run gets and how now added other explosive strokes on his backhand side to take our breath away.
Back to you Fed and Djoker. What can *you* do better next year?