Top analyst: “If Rafael Nadal hadn’t made those alterations…

Early in 2003, Rafael Nadal was the youth on a mission. At the age of 16, he competed in four Challenger finals and won a title to go closer to the top-100. As a Monte Carlo qualifier for the Masters 1000, Nadal demonstrated his full talent and eliminated Karol Kucera in the first round before defeating Albert Costa, the reigning Roland Garros champion, in the second round to earn his first top 10 victory.

and a spot in the 16th round. Rafa competed well in the opening set against Guillermo Coria there until the Argentine won 7-6, 6-2 in 1 hour and 34 minutes. Eight break chances were created by both players, and five of them were successful for Coria.

Following that close first set, which Guillermo won after Nadal‘s forehand error at 6-3 in the tie break, Guillermo broke three times and maintained the tempo. At 5-1 down in the second set, Rafa took a breather before resuming to serve in the following game after Coria’s errant low shot put her into the round of eight.

Despite losing, the kid was happy with his effort that week and wanted to keep up his good work despite feeling a little worn out. “Despite the loss, I am pleased with this tournament and the way I played today because I played well and gave myself opportunities.

Physically, Guillermo was superior to me. He had just played a number of matches, and I must admit that I was feeling a little worn out. Guillermo outplayed me and earned the victory because my shots weren’t falling where I wanted them to.

I defeated Costa yesterday, but Coria made it impossible. Even if I’m pleased with my 7-6, 6-2 defeat, it’s still not terrible against such a talented opponent. I’ll take a little time to recuperate tomorrow before getting ready for Barcelona.”

Rafa Nadal, according to Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou has moved the focus of his discussion to Rafael Nadal‘s improving first serve. “His serve transformed from a means of opening the point to a real weapon. In order to increase his power, he modified some aspects of his technique.

The main adjustment is his weight dispatch, which has been improved. When opposed to how much he puts himself forward right now, [you can see] how little of his body was engaged in the shot “said Mouratoglou. “In order to improve the whip impact, he has also altered his trophy position, keeping his elbow higher and enabling his racquet to descend deeper down his back.

He has improved his shot selection. He frequently used the slice to push [Daniil] Medvedev to the net in the Australian Open final. Even the drop shot was meant to cast doubt on him “explained Mouratoglou. “Rafa’s volley skills have also improved, and he is now more likely to approach the net. I think he wouldn’t be the player he is now if he hadn’t made those modifications.”