jimmy posted this as a comment on another thread. It wasn’t really on-topic but included links to vids I thought you guys might want to see, so I’m elevating it to a post.
Most of you probably have seen his, but for those that haven’t: ( this might be off-topic)
It’s the you-tube channel of a guy whose uploaded several of Nadal’s matches (in their entirety) in excellent HD format. [ Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqqj2U5rvfc&feature=related is the Murray – Nadal QF Wimb 08. ]
Included are: AO 09 final, FO 06-07-08 finals, FO 08 SF and Madrid 09 SF vs Nole, the matches vs Murray at W 08, AO 07 and many more. My personal favorite matches are the Djokovic-Nadal Queens 08 Final and Djokovic- Nadal F.O 2008 SF. I haven’t seen Nadal play any better ever. The way he hit his forehand (at that time) was just ridiculous.
It’s instructive to see:
– How Nadal changed over the years from 2006-2007 to 2008/2009. Starting in the 2008 clay season he made some changes. He started hitting his inside out forehand a little more, starting taking the backhand a little early hitting it flat on the rise and through the ball and finally improved the placement of his serve.
These seemingly minor tweaks won him 3 slams in 8 months.
– Comparing Nadal’s matches in 2010 (and late 2009) to his earlier matches: It shows the little things he’s not doing as well these days and they are making “all” difference for him.
Unfortunately, for the worse (not better).