Friday, March 27, 2009

The two Andies appreciate Rafa

He's the dominant player, having won three of the last four Grand Slam titles. Rafael Nadal has now totally established himself as world No.1. Why is he so difficult to beat? The Tour's top Andies - Roddick and Murray were trying to give us some insight on that...

"He has developed a chip that gets him out of trouble a lot that no one ever really talks about. They talk about the running and heaviness, but he volleys well. He's able to play returns, as evidenced by Wimbledon last year, They talk about how he stands back, but he's able to mix it up. I don't really think he gets credit for how complete of a tennis player he is. I think he kind of gets pigeon holed into what people remember from five years ago. The thing about Rafa's game, and the type of ball he hits coming from the left side is that, maybe more so than other players, he's able to kind of say, 'This is what I do. You're going to have to deal with it. But that being said, the guy knows what he's doing on a tennis court. He knows his way around."

- Andy Roddick

"He's so consistent and really fast. You know, he has obviously one of the heaviest forehands the game has ever seen. It's easy to think, you have to play unbelievably all the time. That's not always the case. You have to pick the right shots to go for the lines and play aggressive against him, and then you've got a chance. It is obviously very difficult, because when you get more tired in the tight situations, you know he's not going to give the points to you. That's where you have to be very strong mentally to win against him, especially in the big match tight situations."
- Andy Murray


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