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Andre Agassi urges Rafael Nadal to try this: 'Impressive, let it go for few games'

Andre Agassi has made one fairly attention-grabbing statement about Rafael Nadal's sport as the previous eight-time Grand Slam champion is urging the Spaniard to tear it on his backhand shot as a result of he would completely like to see what occurs. 

Throughout his total profession, Nadal has had a reasonably robust backhand and it has at all times been a significant weapon within the 22-time Grand Slam champion's sport. But it’s nothing in comparison with Nadal's forehand, which has at all times been absolutely the No. 1 within the Spaniard's sport. 

While in Las Vegas for the Netflix Slam between Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz, tennis icon Agassi acknowledged that the Spaniard's forehand shot is fairly astonishing but additionally added he would have cherished to see what would have occurred if the 37-year-old had been ripping the ball on his backhand through the years.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal© Getty Images Sport – Chris Hyde


“One factor I might have cherished to seen with Rafa through the years is that if he gave himself the inexperienced gentle to let his backhand fly. I really imagine we’d be speaking about one of many biggest backhands that ever performed the sport," Agassi stated, by way of Tennis Majors.

"But as an alternative he can so do a lot together with his forehand, he can achieve this a lot with controlling the purpose with share. He’s always making the choice: why do one thing for those who don’t have…I believe it’d assist him loads if he at the very least releases the beats on the backhand aspect as a result of when he amps it up there’s not a ball he can not hit with it. 

"It’s a formidable wing. Let it go for a couple of video games. That’s what he does within the warm-up.”

Agassi offers his tackle Alcaraz's sport 

Since retiring, Agassi has been fairly low-key and he hasn't been seen round many tennis tournaments or spoken too many occasions. But through the Netflix Slam – the place Agassi served as a commentator for the Nadal and Alcaraz match – the tennis group received an opportunity to listen to what the American tennis icon thinks of the 20-year-old Spaniard who has taken tennis by storm over the past two years. 

“I actually love his sport on the transfer, when he’s in flight, the dynamics and his skill to make use of the geometry and the tempo he can inject," Agassi stated. 

"I do get somewhat involved for him typically when he’s on the static aspect. When his ft don’t have to maneuver as a lot typically he doesn’t know the place to direct that vitality and he will get set somewhat too early, not fairly the identical conviction on his pictures when he may be in command of the purpose.”

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Entertainment – Candice Ward


Agassi says Alcaraz is definitely not a completed product but

Being a two-time Grand Slam champion at 20 and having been ranked on the world No. 1 spot a number of occasions already shouldn’t be one thing that many tennis gamers have on their resume. But Alcaraz is amongst those that have managed to attain main success very early and all the things is pointing towards the 20-year-old undertaking many extra success earlier than strolling away from professional tennis.

While Alcaraz already has a reasonably full sport and that's one of the spectacular issues about him, Agassi says there are completely methods for the two-time Grand Slam champion to get higher and additional develop his sport Specifically, Agassi thinks that discovering what's his largest power and counting on that in the important thing and essential moments may assist Alcaraz loads. 

“When I take a look at Alcaraz’s skill to convey such an upside, he’ll battle with retaining the reins on and never essentially having to do greater than he must, within the majority of his matches," Agassi stated.

“All greats work out what their sport is constructed on and so they depend on that within the largest moments. I nonetheless query if Carlos has discovered what he’s going to depend on to create that constant stress for his opponent that provides him the best share of locking one thing down. He may serve, volley he may his first ball drop, he can do all of it.

“He’s going to search out it, he’s solely 20. It’s going to be lovely when he does. I hope it’s quickly and infrequently.”

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport – Cameron Spencer


Meanwhile, Nadal and Alcaraz are actually each set to compete in Indian Wells. For each Nadal and Alcaraz, it is going to be an official return from damage.

After sustaining a muscle tear in his first post-surgery match in Brisbane, Nadal is about to play his first post-injury match in Indian Wells. On the opposite aspect, Alcaraz can also be able to play after rolling his ankle and retiring injured towards Thiago Monteiro in Buenos Aires two weeks in the past. 

In Indian Wells, Nadal begins towards Milos Raonic whereas No. 2 seed Alcaraz has a first-round bye.


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