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Question Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

He already had both knees operated, recovered from it, and then had another hamstring problem within a few months He recovered from it as well, but it seems that he is again having some trouble (although not a major one) with his hamstring. I also feel that his top-spin style of playing will always make him open for wrist injury(ies) in future.

So, what do you guys think? Will he be able to keep himself fit in the coming years. One of the main reasons for Federer being right there on the top spot for so long was that he never really had a serious injury, but it seems Nadal is already showing signs of deterioration at 24.
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Re: Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

I've been hearing that Nadal's style wouldn't allow him to compete at the top for long since Nadal was 17 and yet, 7 years later he's number 1 in the world and has 7 GS to his name.

Yes, Nadal is fit enough. The harmstring issue was a minor thing really.
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Re: Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

If he goes deep at Wimbly he should have a nice lead at least til USO.
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Last time I checked, he is already back to #1.
And with a more-than-2000 points advantage over Fed coming into Wimbledon, he´ll virtually seal the deal of grabbing the #1 YE spot if he manages to reach the semis there.

In all, what the HELL are you talking about???

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Re: Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

He'll probably keep it until the end of the year, but imo, he won't have the longevity to maintain it over a long period of time.

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Nadal has a year or two left in him with some titles, even slams (probably RG)

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I've been hearing that Nadal's style wouldn't allow him to compete at the top for long since Nadal was 17 and yet, 7 years later he's number 1 in the world and has 7 GS to his name.

Yes, Nadal is fit enough. The harmstring issue was a minor thing really.
I am not talking about if he is fit 'right now', am asking that if you think he will be fit enough to have a long carrier like Federer.

17 is a young age, one feels like he-man at that age. You think that you can overshadow everyone with your power. Its only later that one realizes that he has overused his stamina and then injuries start to appear.

I haven't heard of any other player who operated his either knees at 23. Kudos to Nadal that he was able to recover from such a serious injury, but we can not deny the fact that he is prone to serious injuries in future. That is what I would like to discuss.

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Last time I checked, he is already back to #1.
And with a more-than-2000 points advantage over Fed coming into Wimbledon, he´ll virtually seal the deal of grabbing the #1 YE spot if he manages to reach the semis there.

In all, what the HELL are you talking about???
Its 'retain' and not 'regain'.

Add : I am not talking about Fedex-Rafa rivarly here. I am talking about his fitness. Last time he had some 4000 points lead over Federer, but then he had an injury after RG and he lost his rank in Wimbledon. So, 2000 isn't really a big lead once you are injured, and that's what I would like to discuss - fitness issues.

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The Nadal hate in this thread is strong.
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Huh, wot? people are just discussing possible things that might happen. I don't see any 'Nadal hate' around here, considering his long story of injuries happening, it's just reality.

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I am not talking about if he is fit 'right now', am asking that if you think he will be fit enough to have a long carrier like Federer.
Nadal's career has already been kind of long. He's been competing at the top level for over 8 years now and I don't see any reasons why he won't be able to keep going for more years to come. I am 100% sure he'll keep playing until at least his late twenties.
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I haven't heard of any other player who operated his either knees at 23. Kudos to Nadal that he was able to recover from such a serious injury, but we can not deny the fact that he is prone to serious injuries in future. That is what I would like to discuss.
Rafa never got an operation on his knees so far, unless you believe in quack medicine.

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Re: Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

If Nadal is able to dominate the clay court season the way he just did, each season, it will be quite tough for anyone to take the number one ranking back from him. All he needs to do is post decent results till April next year (and by decent I mean quarters and semi's which he is more than capable of doing), and ensure that he remains fit throughout the year, and thrash the field on the clay courts.
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I've been hearing that Nadal's style wouldn't allow him to compete at the top for long since Nadal was 17 and yet, 7 years later he's number 1 in the world and has 7 GS to his name.

Yes, Nadal is fit enough. The harmstring issue was a minor thing really.
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Nadal's career has already been kind of long. He's been competing at the top level for over 8 years now and I don't see any reasons why he won't be able to keep going for more years to come. I am 100% sure he'll keep playing until at least his late twenties.
if you throw a coin and it lands up on heads 8 consecutive times... it doesn't mean that you will continue to land up another 8 consecutive times...

same for federer... he may be doing well for so many years doesn't mean he will continue doing that...

don't know why ppl tends to like to use history as a prediction for the future... it doesn't really work much of the time...

the points about injuries are quite valid ones imho... he may be able to take it now and recover fast... but one's recovering capabilities deteriorates with age... plus the cumulative effects of getting "re-injured" ... you are likely to take longer to recover...

so i wouldn't want to bet on rafa retaining no.1 spot for as long as federer did... for now... i think nobody is likely to even come CLOSE to 237 consecutive weeks... nor even sampras's 186 consecutive weeks..



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Re: Is Nadal Fit Enough to Retain No.1 Spot?

No.

And before anyone jumps on me, I don't wish him any injury.

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