Smart, disruptive offense from opponents hurting Federer and Nadal

Think the struggles of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are a fluke? Not quite. Opponents are entering matches versus the world's top two players with intelligent strategies, and it's paying off.

Updated: May 15, 2008, 9:57 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

As the top two players in tennis for nearly three years, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal invariably trigger dialogue about their many contrasts in everything from hair and wardrobe to how each walks and talks.

But Federer and Nadal share one major attribute. Each is at heart a baseliner, prone to hanging back in the court and working over opponents with their massive forehands.

Anyone who wishes to dispatch those two has a strategic choice. One approach calls ...

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