He could still play the AO/US Open particularly, if he won Wimbledon and US open in a year he could just rely on momentum or hope they start f"ing with the surface to make it more clay like like they did to AO in 2008.
Would he get into trouble if he obviously tanked in the first round of hard court tournaments? Federer and Shaggassi openly tanked matches in their careers, but is there anything that would punish you if you deliberately tanked in the first round of hardcourt tourneys? Would he lose sponsorship deals?
What is the official ruling about skipping tournaments if one is healthy? There has been a lot of talk about him just focusing on clay, but lets bring it all together in this thread to discuss exactly how he could get around the establishment and do this, without losing major respect from the public and his fans alike.
He would become a hated player in the locker room if he entered grand slams as the 5th-10th seed in the future, because he would draw oppenents he shouldn't, particularly at RG and Wimbleton. If this was due to injury so be it, but if players saw he was tanking matches and not caring about his ranking, he would piss off many players, but could end Federers run of consecutive semi finals by doing this
I know I come off as a hater, but I do really respect the man, he showed a lot of personality when he beat Karlovic in the post match interview.
The tour is built around hardcourt, but if Rafa could find a way to just hope for the best at AO/USO and focus soley on Wimbledon/French he should do it.
But is he a player that needs to play himself into form? It seems so. Federer can just show up and start playing well, but we saw when Nadal came back last year after RG injury and skipping Wimbledon, he came back very strong at US open, and may have won without the ab injury, but he just couldn't play well off the bat. Wimbledon only has Hale/Queens and thats it, would it be enough, even off the back of RG, to warm up for Wimbledon? Federer can still beat Nadal here, although in a couple years will be interesting how Federer goes here, but hes still a lock for the final, hes a god on grass.
Anyway we should discuss how Nadal could go about changing things, just skip all hardcourts all together, or only use one or two warm ups for the French instead of playing 3 tournaments like he did in 2009 which we all agree was stupid.
Im a Federer fan, but born on clays thread about Nadal big career being over really open my eyes to what an asset Nadal is to this sport, hes a very humble champion and I want to see him around in the business end of grand slams, even if I'll be rooting for Federer all the way
He's the only one who can take Federer in GS finals, except maybe Del P.