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Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

Well, for awhile there, the future was starting to look really grim for Rafa after knee injuries stopped him in 2 of the first 4 tournaments this year. Considering how he struggled the year before, I feared that Nadal's career was about to go downhill as the state of his knees seemed to be detereorating rapidly. But now, I'm not so sure anymore. Nadal's clay court season so far has been a pleasant surprise, going on a streak of soon to be 4 consecutive tournament wins without any sign of an injury. Could it be that Nadal's chronic knee problems are a thing of the past? Or will they resurface post-Wimbledon? Either way, I think it's safe to say that Rafael wont have any problems with aching knees on clay or grass.
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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

i think he plays differently now to conserve the knees, but he can still fuck up if he decides to play 50 tournaments in 2 weeks
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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

lets see when the hardcourt season rolls around
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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

Not unless he loses.
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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

Clay is easy on the knees and joints, and he has scheduled his dirt season wisely this time. Also, it's obvious that he is striving to become more aggressive on all surfaces, but I don't think we will ever see him as confident as he once was on hard.

Time will tell.
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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

He isn't inured till the first loss

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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

His ridiculous schedule before is what made him injury prone. On court 10 days after winning the Australian Open? Thats just stupid.. As long as he keeps this type of scheduling that he is maintaining no he should be alright for the rest of the year and a contender at wimbledon and the USO as well.

Of course grass and clay are surfaces that much easier on the knees.

That being said though.. I only reasonably expect Nadal to be a contender for slams for another 2 season anyways.. if he was smarter earlier in his career he wouldn't be paying for it the next 4-5 seasons
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He isn't inured till the first loss
He's lost 2 times since his last injury (to Ljubicic and Roddick). Still no sign of injury, but 19 consecutive victories under his belt.

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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

If he skips one of the USO series masters then I think he'll survive the year. As long as he manages his schedule correctly from here on out, I'm sure he can keep playing until his late twenties.
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If he skips one of the USO series masters then I think he'll survive the year. As long as he manages his schedule correctly from here on out, I'm sure he can keep playing until his late twenties.
Yup, he should consider doing what Del Potro did last year and skip Cinci. Winning in Toronto will be preperation enough for the US Open

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Re: Is Nadal not injury prone anymore?

Well, I believe Rafito has scheduled pretty well since last summer and he still managed to injure himself on two seperate occassions. That's why the situation was looking so severe. Did the clay save him or was he just unlucky?

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He's lost 2 times since his last injury (to Ljubicic and Roddick). Still no sign of injury, but 19 consecutive victories under his belt.
He was injured vs Roddick. Didn't you hear him scream profanities while physically abusing his right knee?
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Yup, he should consider doing what Del Potro did last year and skip Cinci. Winning in Toronto will be preperation enough for the US Open
agreed, he should skip cincy to best his chances for us open, but he is not likely to unfortunately
bigger chance for his knee to flare up
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