One 'broke' mode deserves another?
For rock people, what that means is freaking this:
Fact that most of Federer's backhand down the line shots are barely clipping the side or the baseline or both, the tactic automatically qualifies for the broke mode tag. It proves, if there was any doubt, that it's a highly low percentage shot and primarily why it wasn't engaged in the past 105 years Federer has battled Nadal.
The massive success of the strategy @ AO and what that title entailed - for both - has added a fairly 'gamble-worthy' layer of confidence for Federer. It was on full display @ Indian Wells. Federer is where Nadal was stationed once. If a 'lone' strategy works why give it up - EVER - even if appears 'one-dimensional'.
Translation: The backhand down the line shot is here to stay just as is / was the high shoulder ball.
That means it's Nadal's turn to produce a rebuttal on a timeline that's drastically different from the one Federer managed. It took Federer what 50 freaking years to figure it out? Given the time remaining on the two careers now, it will be advisable for Nadal to at least slash that time span into half!!!!!
So could this work for Nadal?
That high shoulder ball now HAS to land within inches of the baseline? That depth will rob Federer of both the time to set up for the low percentage shot and the space needed to execute it near-perfectly.
Fact that the tactic is a low percentage shot specially when it's frequency may be a tad higher than Federer's down the line shot qualifies it for the 'broke' mode label. Besides, given Nadal's limited arsenal there's very little, heck nothing, else Nadal can do. It's his only option.
Either that or somehow manage to ensure that the Federer daughters are in constant need of a bath. Oh, wait, that didn't work out too badly - in retrospect. How about Diana? Mirka? Mirka's may produce water restrictions for - Europe!!!!! That may work!!!!!!