World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is dealing with a large bloody blister in his left hand that is impacting his serve, as was obvious in his quarter-final match-up against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. The Spaniard believes that the blister is affecting both the speed and the power of both his first and second serve.
The 27-year-old also admit that the tape on his hand keeps the racquet loose in his hand, which stops him from hitting the serve with the perfect coordination.
“I feel that with the tape I can lose the racquet when I serving,” Nadal said. “That’s my feeling. The racquet can go. That’s a terrible feeling for a serve, because then when you have this feeling you are not able to accelerate at the right moment. You lose a little bit the coordination. That’s a big deal.”
Nadal’s first-serve speed dropped from an average of 185 kilometers per hour to 168 kilometers per hour.
“Serve like this produce me a problem for the rest of the things. When you lose the confidence with one shot, one important shot, then you are not able to play with calm the rest of the shots. So I going to try to improve that for after tomorrow that I need. If not, I not going to have the chance to be in the final. I hope to be ready for to improve.”
Rafa is scheduled to meet 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The winner will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the finals.