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Seriously `how can RAFA extend his career`? ~~ 2 options.!!

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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]
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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.

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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]
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Rafa's body can't take so much strain no matter what he does with his technique, so to me option #2 would be a bit more viable but it would mean that he would get spanked in the first round of each HC tournament from then on, his season would be centered in picking every single clay/grass tournament year after year and I don't think he would be able to do so for an extended period of time

It is really a double edged sword, Rafa needs rhythm to win but he can't play as much as he did with the intensity he did, that's what gave him the edge to be able to win

Bottomline: he can't rest much because he loses his rhythm, he can't play much because his body gives up, what is left for him to do?

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Learn to fucking volley and improve his net game.

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Re: Seriously `how can RAFA extend his career`? ~~ 2 options.!!

When you look at how often players get injured Nadal does not stand out as all that unusual given how much he plays, especially considering the nature of his footwork.

As for changes to his game one thing I think he could do is develop his squash shot as more than just a last ditch defensive "get" tool. That would help neutralize attacks on his forehand which so often end up with him hitting short topspin replies that sit up perfectly waiting to be crushed. In general I'm surprised more players aren't starting to utilize a forehand slice considering the relative rebirth of the backhand slice as a tactical (not just defensive) play in the past few years.
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-Less exhibition matches
-Lighter practice schedule
-Maybe play the South American clay-court tournaments instead of Dubai/Rotterdam etc.
-Only play DC in the latter stages: the team is usually strong enough to pass the first rounds without him
-Don't play doubles
-Limit the 250/500 tournaments to a minimum
-Retire from a match if the body's really hurting, don't make it worse. Carrying on in Rotterdam 2009 seemed to have an impact last year.
-Get proper rest between tournaments
-Think offensively on court

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he needs to retire for good and save tennis

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Why not eliminate those exhibition matches for starters? The recent ones where he played Soderling and Ferrer where both high quality tennis matches and not just another practise match. Had he skipped those, perhaps he might not have been injured at the AO.
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he has a too dispendious game!!!!!!!! his career won't last too much for sure!
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shoot his legs off and replace them with ultra mecha legs? or maybe to stop pussying out when he starts to lose, he looked faaaannnntastically fit in that first, and second set vs murray!

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Re: Seriously `how can RAFA extend his career`? ~~ 2 options.!!

Play right-handed . He wen't against nature when he decided to use his left hand. Mother nature is not very happy with him. Seriously all he needs to do is manage his calender well. It is too late for him to change his playing style. If he does decide to change his style he might become a worse player so in this case it is a matter of better the devil you know.
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-Less exhibition matches
-Lighter practice schedule
-Maybe play the South American clay-court tournaments instead of Dubai/Rotterdam etc.
-Only play DC in the latter stages: the team is usually strong enough to pass the first rounds without him
-Don't play doubles
-Limit the 250/500 tournaments to a minimum
-Retire from a match if the body's really hurting, don't make it worse. Carrying on in Rotterdam 2009 seemed to have an impact last year.
-Get proper rest between tournaments
-Think offensively on court
yes because a longer clay season is what his body should endure
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yes because a longer clay season is what his body should endure
Clay is easier on the knees than hard.

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Play a relatively restricted schedule as Borg did.

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