BitterDodgerFan wrote:it did seem like fed's problems vs nadal at french open is more mental. he was making too many errors and couldn't take advantage of chances like he usually does. probably all in his mind.
That's what McEnroe kept talking about during the first three sets. How he was being "stubborn" and wouldn't change things up by bringing Nadal up to the net where he won something like 14/17 points, but just kept letting Nadal work him from anywhere and everywhere on the baseline.
And what exactly is
the deal with the different surfaces? I've never really gotten into tennis before this Federer/Nadal rivalry, but I don't understand why Federer can be so good everywhere else yet at the same time Nadal hasn't parlayed his success in Paris to one of the others. Why hasn't there really been a lot of great "all surface" players? Are they really so incredibly different that only one guy can win the career slam in the Open Era? I guess it's the same reason there haven't been a lot of golfers win the career slam either.