OKBET allsports : During his 20 years as a professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal has seen many changes, including those to the game itself.
He told reporters before an exhibition in Buenos Aires that the level of competition has increased since he first started traveling with the team.
It was played differently,” Nadal stated. “When the points were being built, players were picking and choosing which balls to assault. The game has evolved to the point where there is no such thing as a transition shot or point construction. Each shot is taken with the end aim in mind.”
The 36-year-old Spaniard has also made changes to his own game, transitioning from a gritty, defensive backcourt player to one who hits larger shots and closes out games more quickly. He won his first Grand Slam at the French Open while he was a youngster, and he won two Slam trophies this season as a seasoned veteran of the sport.
“Nothing has to change for me,” said Nadal, “but I do believe there is another sort of sport that gives you more opportunities for strategy and decision.”
He has also said that a slower pace of play is more to his liking.
“I’d want to see more options, other ways to play,” he said. “Today most individuals play similarly because to the pace and circumstances because of the courts and the balls.”