I am beginning to think Nadal is at it. As others have said I cannot understand how he runs about all the tine if he has a bad knee. I think the ATP should be able to examine him and find out just how much damage has done to his knee. He should not be allowed to have such long breaks with a suspect injury unless it can be proven that he has such an injury. I think about all the commotion about Andy's back last year when Davydenko made all the accusations about him feigning injury. No one has made that accusation about Nadal. It is time for the ATP to get to the bottom of this. Nadal is getting away with it,it's time to get to the bottom of it and find out what if anything is wrong with him.
I can't make up my mind what is going on with Nadal. His camp stuffed the whole thing up from the start when they sent out a lot of mixed messages about what the problem was - first it was tendonitis, then it was Hoffa's Syndrome, and then it was a partial tear of a patella tendon. Now don't get me wrong, he is entitled to some privacy, but you don't need to be very bright to work out that sending out mixed messages makes people suspicious for a start. It's human nature. Now he's been back all of five minutes and he's running around like a spring rabbit in heat. It's bound to raise questions.
Part of me thinks that Nadal being fit to start with probably helps, because he'll heal quicker than someone who isn't fit, but really, he was out for what, seven months? The only issue I thought I saw in his few clay matches was that he seemed a bit slow, just a bit match rusty as it were. His movement in itself didn't look restricted, which I would have thought it would if the knee issue was that serious.
To my mind it isn't about him winning either. I think we all know that if you took Djokovic, Andy, Federer and Nadal out for a period of time, and then put them back on a court surface that suits their games, in conditions that are right for them, they would beat the vast majority opponents, because the gap in talent is significant. The issue, as far as I can see, is that Nadal's camp were saying not so long ago that he couldn't practice, he couldn't do this, he couldn't do that. Now he's back and he's moving like he's never been away. He's either super human or the knee is being somewhat overplayed.
I think you're right LB, and furthermore I can't understand why there isn't a system on the tour for players to be seen by a recognised body if they have been out for a period of time. I don't know about other countries, but in the UK, if a person was having to take time out of work due to ill health, they would eventually be expected to see a doctor of their work places choosing, to ascertain what is wrong and if they are fit to work. I don't see a problem with such a system being in place within tennis. To my mind, if a player has been out for a couple of months and they are saying they are injured, they should have to see someone, so the ATP/WTA would know what was going on. I think they should also have to see someone before they come back. They should effectively be passed fit to play, or not.
Andy was treated like dirt about his back from several quarters within the sport, until he was virtually forced to go into detail about exactly what was wrong. He also never took time out for it, apart from withdrawing from the WTF in 2011 and skipping Madrid last year, so he dealt with it in front of people really, and was still pilloried. Nadal took all that time out, his team sent out a lot of contradictory statements about what was wrong, and then he comes back and moves like he always has, and yet no one questions a thing, at least no one within the sport. It's ridiculous.