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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3435 on: February 08, 2014, 11:25 PM »
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Didn't Novak have a mto before Andy served for the match in the final of the USO open?

I think I called him every name under the sun when he did that. I was glad the crowd started booing.
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3436 on: February 08, 2014, 11:26 PM »
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I have to say I still think Nadal did have a genuine problem in the AO final. It struck me as crying wolf once too often.

Didn't Nadal once shake hands with Andy during a match at the AO? I'm sure one year Andy was beating him convincingly when he suddenly shook hands out of nowhere and with no obvious injury.
I couldn't decide whether Nadal was genuinely injured or just downright frustrated, but if he was injured then it certainly was a case of cry wolf.

Have just checked, and that incident happened in the QF of the 2010 AO when Andy was two sets and 3-0 up in the third.  Nadal did take a 5 min MTO to have his knee treated, went back on court, and the next thing we knew he was shaking hands at the net.  Andy, bless him, said he felt 'gutted' for Nadal because he's a player he'd always looked up to.


I think I called him every name under the sun when he did that. I was glad the crowd started booing.
Me too.  It was such a blatant attempt at gamesmanship that I've never forgiven him for it.  Fortunately Andy refused to let himself get distracted and started hitting the ball against the boarding at the back of the court until Djokovic returned. 
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3437 on: February 08, 2014, 11:33 PM »
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Nadal was injured during the final ,people who differ should put their prejudice,s about Rafa to one side and let their eyes rule their heart.
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3438 on: February 09, 2014, 11:13 AM »
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My sister who was a avid fan of Nadal and always 'poo-poo'd' my thoughts.  She is now becoming more convinced that he is up to something.  She felt the AO final was bizarre and that he probably was injured but as bad as he was making out.  She is also wondering about his frequent times out with injuries no one seems to be able to agree on.
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3439 on: February 09, 2014, 02:20 PM »
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Thanks for the link Janet! I agree wholeheartedly.......injured or not!
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3440 on: February 09, 2014, 08:44 PM »
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As far as the time is concerned, I think there needs to be a two-fold approach. Firstly I think the time allowed between points should be made the same in the slams and the ATP events. At the moment it is different. Within that they should increase the amount of time allowed to 30 seconds, to give players time to recover after long rallies, particularly relevant when Djokovic and Andy meet.
I agree TJ.  Icould be wrong, but I thought that umpires were allowed to use their discretion re players who had just played long rallies in Slams provided they exceeded a certain number of shots.  Maybe it's just an unwritten rule though and so inevitably some umpires will be prepared to be a little more flexible than others.
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3441 on: February 17, 2014, 06:31 PM »
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Nadal is back but knows 'opportunities are not infinite'  [Fox Sports, 17 Feb]

Rafael Nadal is back, and it's all about his back.

Top-ranked Nadal injured his back warming up for the final of the Australian Open almost three weeks ago, eventually losing against Stanislas Wawrinka — a match he was an overwhelming favorite to win.

Nadal has practiced little since then, getting treatment at home in Mallorca. His first test comes in next week's Rio Open, a new stop on the ATP Tour.

''We'll have to see how it goes,'' he said Friday. ''I hope I can tolerate it.''

Nadal knows the clock is ticking. He made a comeback last season from a left knee injury, which kept him out of the 2012 London Olympics.

He's won 13 Grand Slams. He's one behind Pete Sampras, and he's closing in on Roger Federer's record of 17. He's sure one got away in Australia.

''In Australia, I lost a good opportunity to add another Grand Slam,'' Nadal said. ''It didn't happen. The opportunities are not infinite. They have an expiration date.''

Nadal has played more than 11 years as a professional, perhaps sustaining some injuries because of his big swings and attacking temperament.

''I heard a lot of times in my career that I will have a shorter career because of my style of game,'' he said. ''I really think it's something that will not happen. If I stopped today, I already will have more than 11 years on tour.''

The Spaniard said he's still motivated, positive about the 2014 season.

''I cannot predict the future for how long I will be here competing well,'' he said. ''I can't say when that's going to end. The only thing I can say is today I feel happy about what I am doing. I am feeling motivation mentally to keep playing, to keep competing well.''

He'll be 30 when the 2016 Rio Olympics begin. He called winning gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics ''one of the best experiences'' of his career.

''It was a very hard moment for me when I made the decision not to play the Olympic Games in London,'' Nadal said. ''After that, I always say my goal is to arrive to the 2016 Olympic Games here in Rio.''

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dcsg2?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis
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Re: Rafael Nadal « Reply #3442 on: February 21, 2014, 09:34 AM »
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Interesting.......Thanks Aileen! I'm still wondering though, if his back injury occurred 'before' he stepped out on court, would he have been entitled to the medical time out for treatment during that match? Also if the back injury 'did' occur during the warmup, then why did he arrive already wearing strapping under his shirt? Also....why did he insist on being treated off court and then 'make such a big thing' of coming back on court shirtless after the treatment? Hmmm...... Think
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