A debacle!

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) got off to an abominable start against [CR124] Borna Coric (CRO) and he never recovered. It was an issue of confidence, a lack of in Nadal’s case and an abundance of for Coric.  As with most players, their results reflect their level of confidence.  Nadal’s recent results…

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So close

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR69] Donald Young (USA) was so close to victory against [CR9] Milos Raonic (CAN) that he will have to closely exam what he needs to change to alter the outcome of these close matches. When you play a higher ranked opponent, success depends on two things: belief and execution.  Young believed…

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Done in by the cunning of Dimitrov

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR135] Alexander Zverev (GER) got off to a great start against [CR11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), unfortunately he was unable to sustain the level of play required to get the upset victory. Zverev lost the match for several reasons: fatigue (mental and physical); not being adept with the volley; and immaturity, which…

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The inexperience of youth

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) played a much more Rafa-like match today against [CR120] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA).  Nadal struck the ball with authority, moved more freely and was mentally more alert.  Herbert was left pounding his head with his racquet in frustration as he made error after error. Herbert has a big serve…

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Rafa needs rest

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) is a shadow of his former self.  In his match today against [CR75] Simone Bolelli (ITA), Nadal spent the majority of his time pushing the ball instead of striking the ball with conviction, a sign that he is not feeling confident.  His groundstrokes had no sting and many of his shots landed…

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