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For a person who is the defending champion of three Grand Slam events, and the No. 1 player in the world, his confidence is extremely low. How could an athlete not feed off of that?
The low confidence is seen by the distance Nadal is hitting behind the baseline and how little he is using the down-the-line, inside-out forehand that we have come to associate the Spaniard with.
Oh, and he has also mentioned it a number of times, too, making no sense at all. In this occasion, Nadal is being a bit too honest.
Basically there is none. The fluctuations Nadal has been going through in his matches are actually very rare. Nadal mentioned this new phenomenon on Eurosport’s “Set, Game and Mats,” where he said that in his matches he is usually consistently bad, or good, but this year has been different.
The Spaniard may break his opponent with great energy and shot making, and then immediately get broken back by his own mistakes.
A part of his lack of consistency has to do with Nadal’s concentration, which has also been very up and down. Nadal use to be a rock, the unflappable one.
However, this year he is not so. The Spanish powerhouse has been missing some routine forehands with regularity and has also been getting very frustrated and anxious during important points.
Still, how paradoxical is it that Nadal may sometimes create the best passage of play also during important points?