Nadal and the key to his dominance over the brick dust of Roland Garros


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Nadal and the key to his dominance over the brick dust of Roland Garros

Pure strategy. Rafael Nadal (3rd) managed to leave the Argentine on the road Diego Schwartzman by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-0 in order to to access to a new semifinal at Roland Garros, a tournament that has already been raised 13 times. The tennis qualities and attributes of Spanish are innumerable but here we tell you one particularity of your game that allows him to reap triumphs and titles on the ATP circuit.

The records of the manacorí do not stop adding and adding: with the victory against Peque, he already adds 105 wins and only two losses at the French Grand Slam. His rivals do not know how to play him and neutralize the onslaught of The King of Dust. To the confusion of the rivals, a game strategy is added by the Spanish that seems to be the perfect weapon to unlock and win their opponents.

The third shot in a rally. There seems to be the key to success. When Nadal hits the third shot against an opponent, he constantly pushes the point away. He serves, the ball returns, hits it again and ends there, the point is in his favor or his own error. When his opponents take a third shot, he almost always neutralizes them, and makes sure they can’t score. This form of play is particularly dominant against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The difference between the third shot of the 20 Grand Slam winner and that of his opponents at Roland Garros reveals a surprising fact: in the 2020 French Open, when Nadal hit the third shot in a rally, won the point, or misled his opponent 110 times. While the opponents they earned points on their third shot alone 58 times, almost half.

When the Spanish serves, he immediately looks for hits with his right to do damage. He positions himself well behind the baseline to return. When doing this, the winner of 13 Roland Garros does not usually give many indications, of the direction, effect and speed of the ball on impact, so his rivals do not have so many references to make a correct reading of what he will do.

The truth is that the impressive domain of the No. 3 in the world cannot be limited solely to this statistic and form of play. The wealth and variety of resources, added to a privileged physique make the European one out of series. But, perhaps, understanding this facet will help your rivals to find alternatives to defeat the King of Dust.


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