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To me, this is what separates Nadal from everyone on the tour – including Federer.

Posted by tennisplanet on August 3, 2010

It’s his tunnel vision to play each point in complete and total freaking isolation to what’s at stake, what tournament it is, what round it is, what opponent it is, what Slam it is, what’s the score, what’s the weather, what whatever…………

Sure most other players tend to at least work at it but there’s NOBODY that actually lays it out on the court so blatantly for even a cucumber to see it – in BOLD letters. When you produce this with consistency it soon turns into a double-edged sword helping you to not only execute your plan with perfection but to also demoralize your opponent at the same time – even when he /she is winning.

It seems he just loses the big picture screen and lets his immediate shenanigans do the rest. What we refer to as ‘his live or die’ attitude is in reality rooted in that vase destroying everything in its path.

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12 Responses to “To me, this is what separates Nadal from everyone on the tour – including Federer.”

  1. RafaFan said

    “It’s his tunnel vision to play each point in complete and total freaking isolation to what’s at stake…” So true, TP. Even the bottle placement is strictly planned no matter when or where. He’s kind of a Robot. He takes HIS time. I think that on fast courts he doesn’t get enough time for the preparation of his tunnel vision.

  2. M said

    “It’s his tunnel vision to play each point in complete and total freaking isolation to what’s at stake, what tournament it is, what round it is, what opponent it is, what Slam it is, what’s the score, what’s the weather, what whatever…………”

    That’s a mighty thing, TP. Some people meditate for years to try to find that kind of focus.

  3. Bjornino said

    That’s why he’s the greatest champion. Nadal’s focus should be an inspiration to EVERYONE, regardless of what field they’re in.

  4. O said

    Nadal makes it a physical contest. When his shots start to land on court, no one can stand as long as him. Nadal is the strongest, and his shot is the most bruising shot. Lot’s of people do not have or do not think they have what it takes to compete with him. He is obviously great at RG, Winbey and AO. The up coming tour on hard is his worst surf, he will have the least time at UO, where the balls stay too loooow.

  5. Sol said

    Yeah, that’s his best asset, he’s very strong psychologically.
    When he lost that confidence after coming back from injury, he looked so very vulnerable and beatable.
    Then again, while he’s been under pressure during matches, he’s never been the one carrying the biggest pressure on tour, for some reason.

    • tpschop said

      Yeah he disappointed at the AO. Couldn’t defend his title. No? Then the clay season was as always a snap and introduced an easy return. After that the Wimby final was boring because Mr Inconsistency was on the other side of the net. Let’s see how Rafa performs for the rest of the season. Up to now Rafa couldn’t satisfy my expectations on hardcourts. How many times did Rafa make it to the USOpen finals? As many times as Rogie made it to the FO finals?

  6. Jenny said

    I agree with TP and everyone else here.

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