OK, i realise this topic has been done to death, but i`d just like to simplify the discussion and see what others have to say
Playing the way he does RAFA is obviously headed for early retirement [aged 24 yrs]
I`ve listened to the experts and the commentators and made my own observations, so as i see it there are only 2 possible ways for Nadal to keep playing at a high level beyond 2010 without risking serious injury..!!
***1st way:: change his forehand technique!!
~~yes i know his forehand is probably his biggest weapon and has been wonderfully effective with its extreme topspin in defeating Fed in all those Slam finals... no i`m not crazy
Rafa`s play style generally is very taxing on his body, but especially his forehand technique which requires tremendous downforce to produce such top-spin, and thereby placing his knees and huge stress~~ is i believe the main reason he`s experienced so many knee injuries at such a young age
***2nd way:: only practice on the natural surfaces [clay & grass]!!
~~hardcourts are simply too damaging for Rafa`s body, so while he can`t avoid playing on hardcourts for the big hardcourt tourneys [AO, USO, WTF], he can atleast mitigate the damage significantly by only practicing on clay. Most major cities in the World have clay courts, and grass courts can also be found [in Aus, UK, USA]- so Nadal could simply spend all his practice time on clay & grass! This option would mean that Rafa could continue to eploy his heavy topspin technique, whilst trying to improve his serve & volleys.. And perhaps extend his career by 3 or 4 years.
Does anyone on MTF agree with me
What are your opinions, what should Nadal do to enjoy a longer career [ie. avoid retirement before age 25 yrs]