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Let Nadal and Djokovic stay away more points for Andy.
I really don't mind, LB - because I know Andy's points are earned honestly, and that's what matters.
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I really don't mind, LB - because I know Andy's points are earned honestly, and that's what matters.
True - but I hate to think of him losing tournaments, and ranking points, to cheats. Frown
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True - but I hate to think of him losing tournaments, and ranking points, to cheats. Frown
Me too - but there's not a lot he can do about that, and he has the sense to know it - so no point in getting bent out of shape about it.  Be the bigger man and move onwards and upwards.
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Me too - but there's not a lot he can do about that, and he has the sense to know it.
At least I get comfort from knowing that his legacy will be a clean and that he's an excellent role model for youngsters.
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At least I get comfort from knowing that his legacy will be a clean and that he's an excellent role model for youngsters.
Totally, Aileen. I think that's why we all love him to bits.  Smile
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Me too - but there's not a lot he can do about that, and he has the sense to know it - so no point in getting bent out of shape about it.  Be the bigger man and move onwards and upwards.

Although some posters here, and probably elsewhere,  have decided Nadal and Djoko(?) are cheats and liars, I don't think Andy has ever said anything to suggest he thinks they are. He was pretty sympathetic to Rafa in his blog from Melbourne recently:

"But Rafa has had to deal with injuries during his career and some of them have been very serious – he missed seven months in 2012 because of his knee problems.

And a couple of days ago, when he was playing Nishikori, he had to call for the trainer to have treatment for blisters. Most people would think that doesn’t sound like much – professional athletes should be strong enough to handle blisters – but something like that really does matter.

...With Rafa, would the people watching rather Rafa got the physio on and had his blisters treated or would they want him to walk off the court and says ‘sorry, my hands and feet are too sore, I can’t play any more’? I think they’d rather watch him finish the match".

Andy's Australian Open Column 5 - The Melbourne Age. Tuesday, January 21 2014
http://www.andymurray.com/news-and-blog/archive/
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Although some posters here, and probably elsewhere,  have decided Nadal and Djoko(?) are cheats and liars, I don't think Andy has ever said anything to suggest he thinks they are. He was pretty sympathetic to Rafa in his blog from Melbourne recently:

"But Rafa has had to deal with injuries during his career and some of them have been very serious – he missed seven months in 2012 because of his knee problems.

And a couple of days ago, when he was playing Nishikori, he had to call for the trainer to have treatment for blisters. Most people would think that doesn’t sound like much – professional athletes should be strong enough to handle blisters – but something like that really does matter.

...With Rafa, would the people watching rather Rafa got the physio on and had his blisters treated or would they want him to walk off the court and says ‘sorry, my hands and feet are too sore, I can’t play any more’? I think they’d rather watch him finish the match".

Andy's Australian Open Column 5 - The Melbourne Age. Tuesday, January 21 2014
http://www.andymurray.com/news-and-blog/archive/
Andy wouldn't get into that kind of talk - not his style.  What he does on court is his only concern. 

As for Rafa's injuries - they were bound to happen to a boy who looked like a man as a teenager.  It's well documented that he was encouraged to play left handed, despite being right handed naturally, to give him the advantage.  For me - I would rather Rafa were honest, but that's not an option for him.  He is not his own person. 
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I think Andy is the sort of person who sees the positives in most people, so I'm happy to let him believe what he wants to believe about Rafa.  After all he is a lot closer to him than we are.
 
It's an interesting blog though, but I do wish am.com wouldn't use white print on a pale blue background.  It isn't very easy to read, or at least that's what I find.


As for Rafa's injuries - they were bound to happen to a boy who looked like a man as a teenager.  It's well documented that he was encouraged to play left handed, despite being right handed naturally, to give him the advantage.  For me - I would rather Rafa were honest, but that's not an option for him.  He is not his own person. 
I think most people know he's entirely under Uncle Toni's thumb, and to be honest I wouldn't trust Toni to post a letter.  Unfortunately Rafa's whole style of play is wrecking his body and will continue to do so because it's too late now for him to do anything to change it.
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It's an interesting blog though, but I do wish am.com wouldn't use white print on a pale blue background.  It isn't very easy to read, or at least that's what I find.

I agree with that!
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Lol at believing that one person in the top 10 is doping but the rest of the tour is clean, just lol. If one is doping, the rest probably are too. Hate to say it.
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Lol at believing that one person in the top 10 is doping but the rest of the tour is clean, just lol. If one is doping, the rest probably are too. Hate to say it.

Rubbish!! Are you trying to say "if" rafa is doping then andy,novak delpo,fed etc all are too?
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Lol at believing that one person in the top 10 is doping but the rest of the tour is clean, just lol. If one is doping, the rest probably are too. Hate to say it.
Well, as the saying goes, there's always one rotten apple in every barrel ...
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Don't mean to be rude in any way,but knowing how heated opinions on doping can get,if this is going to turn into a discussion on doping and the possibilities of Rafa/others doing it/not doing it,could we maybe please move it to the doping thread?

(That said,I was startled when Nigel pointed out the similarities between the stomach thing last year and this.It really is a bit improbable!)
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Rubbish!! Are you trying to say "if" rafa is doping then andy,novak delpo,fed etc all are too?

How do you believe that one player can be doping but still be beatable, yet the ones that are beating him are not doping? It doesn't make sense at all.

Even in Cycling where there was multiple dopers when the scandal hit .
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How do you believe that one player can be doping but still be beatable, yet the ones that are beating him are not doping? It doesn't make sense at all.

Even in Cycling where there was multiple dopers when the scandal hit .
Just how many players managed to beat Nadal during his 'incredible' comeback last year?
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