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Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

I understand the tournament has a storied tradition. I also understand his excellent record there but is it really necessary to play this? Coming off of a nice win in Monte Carlo with no time off. In addition, Rafa also plays other tournaments that make no sense at all. Bangkok in 2010 and Tokyo last year. Just doesn't make sense for a guy who basically lost at the 2009 French due to injury and has lost/withdrew from numerous other big events due to injury.
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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

How else is he gonna inflate his title count?
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I understand the tournament has a storied tradition. I also understand his excellent record there but is it really necessary to play this? Coming off of a nice win in Monte Carlo with no time off. In addition, Rafa also plays other tournaments that make no sense at all. Bangkok in 2010 and Tokyo last year. Just doesn't make sense for a guy who basically lost at the 2009 French due to injury and has lost/withdrew from numerous other big events due to injury.
He has to play a certain no. of 500 events - it's mandatory to play 4 though Monte Carlo can count as one of your 4. Which 500s should he play if not Barcelona?

Tokyo is also a 500 - it's a good one to play in the lead up to Shanghai - he needs to play a 500 - again - why not that one?

As for Bangkok, that was a one time thing mainly because he got paid a ridiculous amount of money and got a package holiday deal as part of it i.e. him and his 10+ friends got a beach holiday in Thailand in exchange for some PR and official engagements from Rafa. Coming off the US Open I don't blame him for taking up that holiday - chilling with his friends on a beach, going fishing and then playing a few matches - win/win. Definitely not something he should do long term though.

In the last few years he only plays mandatory tournaments and then "warm ups" i.e. Doha and Queens before Aus Open and Wimbledon. He's even played just 3 out of the 4 500s. So his schedule is pretty slimmed down. He's learnt from his mistakes to some extent. If I were him I'd skip Madrid though - don't think he will however.
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I don't know you, but I would love to win another shiny trophy and 500 sexy points.
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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

Uhmmm, don't know... maybe because he has done it 6 years and only has had to pay the price once? Why should 2009 be the norm, why not 2005, or 2006, or 2007, or 2008, or 2011 (Barcelona certainly played no role in what came later last year)?

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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

He should fuck that blue clay tragedy off instead.

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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

Barca is a good tournament. It's better than some clown masters 1000's like Shanghai and Paris. I'd much prefer Nadal boycot Madrid and their constant attempts to speed up clay to make it favorable for brainless ballbashers and serve bots is pathetic.
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Barca is a good tournament. It's better than some clown masters 1000's like Shanghai and Paris. I'd much prefer Nadal boycot Madrid and their constant attempts to speed up clay to make it favorable for brainless ballbashers and serve bots is pathetic.
Aside from that, I agree with most of your post. Why would Madrid of all places wanna make it harder for Spanish players to get through the draw?

Don't group Paris with Shanghai btw, Shanghai is shite we know this but Bercy's always been there.

Keep the venues with history, tradition and prestige. Barcelona is one of them and that should be the Masters series now.

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Wow, really?! The fact noone has pointed out the obvious up to this point just goes to show this is a board full of mindless Fedtards!

Why does Muger Frauderer play Basel, you Fedtard Imbeciles?!!!

Barcelona is the closest major tournament to Rafa's home and birthplace and it also happens to be on Clay. It is essentially as close as it gets to being his home Tournament.

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Wow, really?! The fact noone has pointed out the obvious up to this point just goes to show this is a board full of mindless Fedtards!

Why does Muger Frauderer play Basel, you Fedtard Imbeciles?!!!

Barcelona is the closest major tournament to Rafa's home and birthplace and it also happens to be on Clay. It is essentially as close as it gets to being his home Tournament.

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A thread that wasn't attacking Nadal also becomes a thread about attacking Nadal in your mind

The poster was just concerned that Nadal is playing too much, bad for his knees.

Furthermore, Olderer's could do without Basle in his schedule, but even if he does put it in it's not stupid scheduling, matches are much shorter indoors. Nadal's scheduling in previous years was like MC - Barcelona - Rome, which is like 15 matches in 3 weeks. That's just stupid scheduling.

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Wow, really?! The fact noone has pointed out the obvious up to this point just goes to show this is a board full of mindless Fedtards!

Why does Muger Frauderer play Basel, you Fedtard Imbeciles?!!!

Barcelona is the closest major tournament to Rafa's home and birthplace and it also happens to be on Clay. It is essentially as close as it gets to being his home Tournament.

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Fed plays Basel because its the biggest tournament held in Switzerland (and I believe only one of 2 ATP tournaments played in Switzerland), and because Basel is his hometown. Nadal is from Mallorca and already plays a bigger tournament in his home country just a few weeks later in Madrid so your explanation is flawed.
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A thread that wasn't attacking Nadal also becomes a thread about attacking Nadal in your mind

The poster was just concerned that Nadal is playing too much, bad for his knees.

Furthermore, Olderer's could do without Basle in his schedule, but even if he does put it in it's not stupid scheduling, matches are much shorter indoors. Nadal's scheduling in previous years was like MC - Barcelona - Rome, which is like 15 matches in 3 weeks. That's just stupid scheduling.
Exactly. Its no coincidence that Federer has lasted so long and has barely missed any matches due to injury. In fact, Federer has only retired ONCE in his entire 13 year career during a match.

Playing MC, Barcelona, Rome and Madrid is almost like playing 20 matches in a 5 week period for Nadal. Clay is easier on your joints, but it just seems not necessary.

In addition to that, he plays Queens Club every year (hes switching to Halle now). I'm sure he wants to get a little run on the grass before Wimbledon but again for a guy who's dealt with so many injuries it just seems like he could be so much smarter with his schedule.
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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

I don't think Barcelona is a bad tournament for Nadal. I mean what other Clay 500 event is there for him to play? It's unfortunate however that it's directly after MC. I think skipping Madrid would be a good decision if he really needs to skip something.


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I don't think Barcelona is a bad tournament for Nadal. I mean what other Clay 500 event is there for him to play? It's unfortunate however that it's directly after MC. I think skipping Madrid would be a good decision if he really needs to skip something.
Why is Barcelona a better tournament for him to play than Madrid?

Madrid is spaced out he gets time off before and after the tournament.

Madris is an AMS 1000 compared to Barcelona which is an AMS 500

The logic doesn't make any sense.
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Re: Why Does Nadal Insist on Playing Barcelona?

It's funny how haters critisize nadal for "overplaying" when Olderer played 97 matches in 2006
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