Rafael Nadal makes racquet adjustment as he looks to challenge Novak Djokovic in 2012
World No.2 Rafael Nadal is taking some drastic measures in a bid reassert himself as the preeminent force in men's tennis in 2012.
The Spaniard may have won the French Open for a sixth time and reached the final of two other Grand Slams last season, but his achievements paled into insignificance when compared to those of Novak Djokovic.
The Serb enjoyed a year described by both John McEnroe and Pete Sampras as the "greatest ever" as he picked up 10 titles in all, including three of the four majors on offer - the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Worryingly for Nadal the Mallorcan failed to register a single win over Djokovic ALL season long, losing the six finals in which he met the 24-year-old which contributed to him relinquishing his world No.1 spot to the all-conquering Serb.
But as Nadal fine-tunes his game ahead of the first Slam of the season Down Under he has revealed he has made a small adjustment to his racquet for the new season, adding slighly extra weight at the top, in a bid to generate more power.
While the 10-time Grand Slam winner was quick to stress the minor amendment was not a knee-kerk reaction to his batterings at the hands of Djokovic in 2011, he did concede that the change could help him in readdressing the balance of power in the men's game.
“It’s a change that I consider will help me in the future but not immediately," said Nadal in the UAE capital. "Every change at the beginning is something new, and you go a little bit down before you go up.
“We are trying to have a little bit more power with the racquet. Trying to find a little bit more winners. We believe that can help but when you are able just to practice for five, six days, that’s not enough."