It’s difficult to imagine Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal playing each other in New York before they retire because they have skipped the US Open the last two years. In 2005, Federer and Nadal shared three Major championships and eight Masters 1000 titles while winning 11 ATP titles each.
Nadal won Roland Garros on his Paris debut, Federer successfully defended his Wimbledon crown, and both players entered the New York Open with great expectations. Following a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Bobby Reynolds in 1 hour and 49 minutes, the Spaniard got off to a winning start.
Rafa scored just ten points against the American but made both of his break chances to keep the other team under strain. Reynolds gave Nadal everything he had, but he broke four times, ending his season.
Rafa was pleased with his serve, but he still wanted to raise his level of play before the following rounds in order to compete in the final Major of the year. When questioned about a potential final matchup with Roger, Rafa responded that they are miles apart, pointing out that Roger hasn’t yet begun his tournament and that he hasn’t historically performed well in New York.
“I believe I served Bobby Reynolds well. Compared to before, I feel a little more at ease during my service games. Every game, just after the serve, I have a service winner or an easy point with my forehand, which is crucial.
As the current No. 2, the US Open is different from prior years. This year, I’ve played really well. In my prior trips to the US Open, I wasn’t playing at my best, and I wasn’t satisfied with my tennis. Now it’s different because I won the title and played well on the same surface in Montreal.
I feel more confident today, but tennis is a game where anything can happen. In comparison to Montreal, the ball is a little different, so I need to adjust and play better in the following round.
NADAL: Mischa Zverev vs.
Rafael Nadal was praised by Mischa Zverev for being unexpected and using surprise strategies like a serve and volley to stun his opponent in an interview with tennis magazine.
“The players are getting ready for lengthy rallies, especially Medvedev. You play the point after a serve and return almost just like a penalty. This strategy is known as “developing the case from behind.” Rafa continually analyzes the game and is aware of when it is a good idea to introduce unexpected events.
When he is behind, he frequently does something novel or unexpected, according to Zverev. He abruptly tosses in a serve and volley after a really drawn-out game where the score was advantage-deuce-advantage-deuce,” he continued. He acts in an anxious circumstance when you least expect it.
Or, as is more common with the forehand, he employs his halt. Rafa playing serve-and-volley all the time would not be effective.