How can Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic on clay? - Pat Cash


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How can Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic on clay? - Pat Cash

Speaking on Eurosport, the 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash praised Novak Djokovic's win over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. Cash was impressed with the way the Serb dominated the Spaniard in a straight-set match.

"We all wanted a five-set match or a good grind, but in my opinion that was great value for money," said Cash. "I’ve run in to a few tennis players today, and they’ve all said they’ve never seen a tennis ball hit like that in their lives.

Novak can do that, it was just absolutely mind blowing tennis. He never let Rafa settle, he hit it harder and crisper than ever, he pretty much did what he wanted to on the court, at some points he was toying with Rafa, which is a pretty dangerous thing to do."

On the differences between the Belgrade native and the Mallorcan, Cash added: "There’s no doubt that Rafa was off today, whether that was forced by Novak or not, he was missing a lot of shots today. He will have to look at the stats after this match and face the facts, we know he will because he’s a great champion and always wants to get better.

He did nothing on Novak’s serve, the first serve ok because he can hit a big first serve, but the second serve, he didn’t capitalise on it well at all today. I don’t think anybody can challenge Novak right now, the way he’s playing, he’s favourite for the French Open, I was thinking during the match, how Rafa could even beat him on clay."

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