I don't wish to sound bitter, but I am really angry about Nadal. In my book it will be a total travesty if he wins the USO. He was clearly absent from the tour under false pretences. As you all know, I'm not a technical expert in the game, but even I can see the changes in his game. Thank you Gnome, for the confirmation that his serve has improved. I thought so.
I just think Nadal has insulted anyone who has been out for a sustained period. Look at Delpo for example, how he has worked to come back. Look at Robin Soderling too. He's been ill for ages, and though we know he is going to try to come back, it will surely be tough for him. Nadal can spend months out, his team giving out contradictory statements left and right, which is an indication of a strained relationship with the truth shall we say, and then he comes back and has made such clear changes to his game that even I can see it.
As for Andy, if, as he suggested, he has had a problem with getting motivated since winning Wimbledon, an idea I do understand, I wonder if he would do well to initially set himself a short term achievable target, say winning Japan or the Shanghai Masters again? I read a piece where Becket (yes, that one) suggested he focus on the AO, but that is months away yet. I wonder if he needs to break the end of this year down, one event at a time and set himself targets.
Does that make any sense?
Just caught up with this thread. I agree completely with you. Until the farce that is Kneedal is sorted out, and the truth revealed - whatever that truth is, then tennis with him as a participant is meaningless. Any sport that condones cheating, regardless of the actual form that cheating takes, can't be taken seriously in my opinion. Come Monday evening Kneedal will be No 1 in the tennis rankings, making them essentially meaningless, because that No 1 ranking will not have been attained completely honestly. Whatever Murray's ranking is now and might be at the end of the season, relative to Kneedal is therefore equally meaningless. Be he 2,3,4,5 or worse - whatever.
With the way tennis is becoming I an just grateful Murray has got his GS's, and the Gold Medal remains my favourite sporting moment of all time.
Never mind Murray gettin his mojo back. Tennis as a sport has a lot of soul searching to do, and it desperately needs to put its house in order, so that the sport itself can get its mojo back.