Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli was commenting about Rafael Nadal earlier this month. The Frenchwoman with the high IQ said that Nadal is struggling because he no longer can hit the ball with power like his did before, especially off the serve.
“When you play against him [Nadal] the ball is 25 kilometres per hour slower, the opponent doesn’t have the same difficulty to play,” she told Perform.
“When he serves, he can’t go beyond 115 miles per hour.
“He is exposed in every return.
“There is an [solution] and his team need to find it because it’s vital for him.”
She also said that Nadal is not part of the Big 4 – Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – right now.
“With the honours he has won, yes [he is still in it]. But with his level at the moment, no,” she said.
Nadal is playing in Hamburg today against countryman Fernando Verdasco.
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