RAFAEL NADAL

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

06/03/1986

Birthplace:

Manacor, Spain

Residence:

Manacor, Spain

Height:

6'1'' / 185 cm

Weight:

187 lb / 85 kg

Turned Pro:

2001

Last Update:

July 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

23'348

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

15

Forehand

1

Backhand

3

Volley

52

Rafael Nadal's Strenghts

Serve

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Second Serve Won Points (57%)
    * 20% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (6%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (25%)
    * First Serve Percentage (68%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Return Won Points (33%)
    * Receives 10% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (56%)

Weaknesses:

    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 20% more Points & 20% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Forehand Points in any Directions
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross & Inside In
    * Wins 69% of the Points when he plays a Forehand Down the Line
    * Wins 58% of the Points when he plays two Forehand Cross in a row
    * Wins 69% of the Points when he plays a Forehand Inside In
    * Wears his Rivals' Backhand Down with the Forehand
    * Forehand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Forehand Drop Shot & Touch on a short ball
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * None

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * None
    * Wins 60% of hte Points when he plays a Backhand Down the Line
    * Wins 67% of the Points when he plays two Backhand Cross in a row
    * Wins 70% of the Points when he plays a Backhand Slice
    * Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Backhand Drop Shot
    * Backhand Touch
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (81%)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach after the Serve (79% of the points won)
    * Baseline Approach (81% of the points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio

Weaknesses:

    * 2 Times fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total Points Won at the Net (9%)
    * Chip & Charge (not really played)

Rafael Nadal's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

Rafael Nadal cannot be regarded as a Server. The only area where he is dominated on average by his rivals is with the Serve. Nonetheless, when his first serve is in, he still has 25% of chance to make an ace or a service winner.

Puncher

Very high

Rafael Nadal is at the moment the most effective Puncher on the ATP tour. He is capable to hurt his rivals with his topspin forehand in every direction (cross, down the line, inside in & inside out) & at any time in the rallies (short, medium & long). When compared with his opponents, he takes a double edge with the forheand making more points and fewer errors.

Tempo Player

Medium-low

Even though Rafael Nadal possesses one of the best backhand on the ATP tour, he cannot really be qualified as a Tempo Player. The Punch & the Retrieve take so much place in his game that the rest of the categories represent him less. However, he is capable to play close to his baseline in Tempo especially with the backhand when he needs too.

Offensive Player

Medium-low

Rafael Nadal cannot be regarded as an Offensive Player. He still gets a very high percentage of points won when he comes in (81%, above the average of the ATP players) but only 9% of his total points are won at the net (below average).

Retriever

Very high

Rafael Nadal is also one of the best Retriever in the history of the game. Capable of defending & also counterpunching with brio, his rivals often have to win twice the points against him. Nonetheless, we note that on clay Rafael is more a dominant Retriever and on hard court a dominant Puncher. He changes his way of playing according to the surface: on clay he wants much more to wear his rivals down than on hard court.

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