Melzer makes Nadal pay for Thailand AND Japan.
Posted by tennisplanet on October 14, 2010
Nadal gambled miserably and lost or did he? Melzer has reached career high rank of 12 already from 28 in January. Over his nine year career, he has amassed nearly $5 million but $1.5 of it has come this this year. Not enough? This season he has defeated players like Verdasco, Fish, Djokovic (@ Roland Garros quarters no less), Ferrer, Cilic, Nalbandian……………..He is three spaces short in qualifying for WTF.
Nevertheless, there’s a lesson for Nadal somewhere. Nadal appears to be getting way ahead of himself emboldened by improved serve and knees. Besides, I feel the ONLY way Nadal can post consistent results on hard courts is to flatten his shots. Those loopy returns give way too much time for opponents to set up and blast away leaving Nadal scrambling. Likes of Soderling, Berdych, Delpo or even Cilic will blow him off the court if he is even slightly off the mark – something specially he can expect over the long hard court season unless just winning the US Open is the only motivation.
But that top spin gear is so deeply embedded in his psyche by now that clearing the net will become a major issue without the margin extra mustard allows.
Translation: Unless Nadal is 110 percent winning hard court titles will be more a function of the draw – over long haul.