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Federer vs. Nadal final at 2011 Abu Dhabi



Nadal responded to Federer's strategy of attacking returns by serving much more aggressive. You don't have much of Federer asserting the chip and charge against those serves. The other thing to note is how Federer is not crowding the baseline in these rallies. It is true that Federer had the better tempo at the beginning and Nadal weathers the storm like he usually does. Federer even had break point to win the first set. But his backhand in the first tie breaker appeared to be shaky towards the end under pressure. He is not staying as adamantly turned nor ripping those short backhand crosscourts.

Federer doesn't come into the net much here with the same frequency and insistence as the 2010 Masters final. He is then susceptible to Nadal slinging his forehand around, forcing Federer to cover the corners, dictating the points. It is interesting to see Federer do some midcourt stuff, but with Nadal serving heat and hitting those monster forehand crosscourt drives, the winning advantage is to Nadal in two tiebreakers.

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Comment by Tim Prapong on January 6, 2011 at 12:42pm
Abs, Tennisopolis is the new Tennis Channel. Haven't you heard? ;)
Comment by Tennis Coach Abs on January 6, 2011 at 3:57am
Please post those 'biggies' here :)
Comment by Tim Prapong on January 4, 2011 at 12:12am
I better start watching some of that then.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on January 4, 2011 at 12:09am

Great idea Tim!

Thanks for posting this.  Brisbane is already looking good too!

Comment by Tim Prapong on January 3, 2011 at 11:59pm
Why go to youtube when I'll post them right here? lol
Comment by Lendl Jr. (4.5) on January 3, 2011 at 11:51pm
thanks for posting that!
Comment by Tim Prapong on January 3, 2011 at 6:44pm
No prob, Jason. I'm going to start posting big matches up more.
Comment by Jason Rudokas on January 3, 2011 at 6:42pm

Sweet..Thanks for posting this Tim

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