Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Rafael Nadal Olympic gold medalist, or will Novak Djokovic dominate 2012? This may certainly be his intention, and after the display of passion and endurance on the court at the Australian Open, it could very well be within his reach. However, in order to claim that prize, Rafa will need to figure out how to defeat Novak Djokovic who not only played a stronger game, but played shots that were non-returnable.
Do I think the Spaniard could do it? Well, I believe he could if he can come up with strategies to outplay the Serb, and that will require some serious study, training and implementation of technical analysis of a scientific nature in order to overcome the power and self-confidence of Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal Olympic Gold Medalist, or Will Novak Djokovic Dominate 2012?
With only some 170 days to go before the Olympic Games of 2012 starts in London on July 27 the quest for gold in men’s tennis is already building up to a battle for which the pundits and connoisseurs of the game are rubbing their hands together after the epic final at the Australian Open in January. Will Rafael Nadal be able to successfully defend his Olympic crown or will Novak Djokovic walk away with the gold around his neck?
The year 2008 was a special one for Nadal. When he day-dreamed about his favourite sports car, an Aston-Martin DBS, and asked his father if he could buy one, his father declined the request but promised him: “If you win Wimbledon, I will allow you to buy one.”
After trouncing Roger Federer in a lop-sided French Open final, he also beat his old foe in an epic five-set thriller at Wimbledon, arguably one of the greatest games ever played at the SW17 cathedral.
Nadal then promptly purchased that Aston-Martin, and celebrated his new toy by also winning Olympic gold.
Will Rafa be able to successfully defend his Olympic gold medal?
The 25-year-oldr is arguably one of the finest in the history of the game, with 10 Grand Slams, but he is no longer the favourite to hold on to that gold medal.
Recently, a Serbian athlete has emerged and he has inflicted defeat on the Spanish warrior in seven successive finals.
Djokovic has mastered a greater art, the art of self-belief.
But many world champions share that quality – that body language of self-belief or defiance, even under immense pressure.
Think of Mohammad Ali when he was living close to the edge against Joe Frazier or George Foreman but never, once, allowed them to detect any form of weakness.
Can Djokovic win the Olympic Gold in 2012?
Nadal will have to rely heavily on the ability of his coach, Toni Nadal, to find a game plan to neutralise the Djokovic-backhand.
The strategic sessions in the past year have not yet produced an answer. They will have to find one soon if Nadal wants to keep his hands on the gold medal. Luckily Djokovic won’t be able to steal Nadal’s Aston-Martin, though. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Rafael Nadal Olympic gold medalist, or will Novak Djokovic dominate 2012? That threatening double-backhand from the Serb has shown to be a powerful and effective tool to topple the best in the game, and it will require intense study and reworking of the Nadal game to prove victorious against what is otherwise an unstoppable Djokovic roll into the 2012 season.