Rafael Nadal forehand too reliant on top spin to thrive indoors, suggests renowned coach

Tennis coach Paul Annacone has highlighted a weakness of the Rafael Nadal forehand that could prevent him from gaining the indoor hardcourt success he craves.

Speaking on the Tennis Channel, former Pete Sampras and Roger Federer coach Annacone discussed how Nadal’s game holds up in the indoor conditions and went on to predict a loss for the Spaniard in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Nadal will meet Feliciano Lopez in his first game in Paris, and if successful, would potentially go on to face Borna Coric in the next round.

Annacone believes that if that was to happen, Coric would be his favourite to win.

“I think Lopez is a dangerous match-up but let’s not forget that Borna Coric is two and two with Rafael Nadal,” Paul Annacone said.

“And one of those wins is indoors at Basel. So if Coric and Nadal play, I’m leaning Coric. I’m calling it now guys”.

Top coach Annacone believes this is because Nadal’s forehand isn’t compatible with the indoor hardcourts.

“Its all about the RPMs on the forehand,” Annaconne continued. “Generally that forehand is not bouncing around like a super-ball indoors, and Rafa likes that.

“When he doesn’t have the ability to do that you can get first-strike in and back him a little bit and make him little bit more uncomfortable.”

Paul Annacone, though, did still say you can never entirely count Nadal out on any surface.

“Look he’s still one of the best players in the world indoors, he’s one of the best in anything, even underwater, the guy can play.”

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