We’ve been saying all year Rafael Nadal is back. The Spaniard of course made it to the final of the Australian Open to begin the year but Sam Querrey spoiled the party to lift the title in Acapulco and just ask questions of Nadal ahead of the big Indian Wells and Miami double.
It is easy to get carried away but I don’t think we should. Everyone loses matches but at times in career’s it is magnified more than others.
In all honesty you just have to hold your hands up and say how good Querrey was. He came with a plan and it worked and more importantly it frustrated Nadal and it’s something very similar to what we saw against Novak at Wimbledon so I was a bit surprised by maybe the lack of preparation.
The former world number one looked frustrated and this was evident in his body language but shot selection. Body language in the second game of the set we saw Nadal look up in frustration but also during the match we saw pressure during extended rallies with plenty of forehand errors as well as some backhands pulled wide as well.
The game plan from Querrey was so simple but also so effective. The big serve down the middle and the brutal power he got off the forehand just going down the middle of the court forcing Nadal back behind the baseline by about 2-3 metres and even in extended rallies managed to hold his own.
Let’s not get carried away but even with the good form there is that seed of doubt still in his game which may not disappear.