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Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

2008 - His first great season. Won the channel slam and the olympics. Reached #1 for the first time in his career.
2009 - Started the season really well, but could barely win sets against top 10 players after Rome. Failed to remain top of the rankings.
2010 - Sweeped the clay season and won 3/4 slams.
2011 - Consistently by Djokovic, even on clay. Barely beat Federer @ Roland Garros. Reached, but lost, some big non-clay finals because of favourable draws and weak competition.
2012 - Is playing much better and looks likely to win his 3rd channel-slam, defend his olympic gold medal and return to number 1.

This year-2-year inconsistency is unbecoming for a supposed all-time great.
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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

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This year-2-year inconsistency is unbecoming for a supposed all-time great.
So is a 10/18 W/L record to your nearest rival.


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So is a 10/18 W/L record to your nearest rival.
Not if your 8-6 on 2/3 surfaces. You don't have to be the greatest on every surface, because no one is.
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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

And this thread is about Nadal, not Federer. Quit deflecting!
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2009, injury?! Would've been a 3 slam season otherwise.

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He barely lost for the first 5 months of 2009, then knee problems struck, and he took a while to get back on track. Last year he was amazingly consistent but Djokovic 2.0 showed up. Those years might not have been AS good as the ones before/after but he still won Slams in them and finished #2, so saying he "didn't follow them up" is stupid. As for this year, he hasn't even won the French yet so discussing it is meaningless.

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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

Because he's just not good enough. He has to grind out wins and he cannot sustain it physically and mentally.


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2009, injury?! Would've been a 3 slam season otherwise.
Sorry, but you are in absolutely no position to make that call.


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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

injury? PRP injection

takes time to recover the body

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Sorry, but you are in absolutely no position to make that call.
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2008 - His first great season. Won the channel slam and the olympics. Reached #1 for the first time in his career.
2009 - Started the season really well, but could barely win sets against top 10 players after Rome. Failed to remain top of the rankings.
2010 - Sweeped the clay season and won 3/4 slams.
2011 - Consistently by Djokovic, even on clay. Barely beat Federer @ Roland Garros. Reached, but lost, some big non-clay finals because of favourable draws and weak competition.
2012 - Is playing much better and looks likely to win his 3rd channel-slam, defend his olympic gold medal and return to number 1.

This year-2-year inconsistency is unbecoming for a supposed all-time great.
You make a lot of sense.
Prolly an easy explanation though: one year playing like a beast, another one "preparing" the body and all ova and ova again.
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2009, injury?! Would've been a 3 slam season otherwise.
stop clowning, injury just another excuse. Nadal never defended any of his Slams except RG
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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

fair enough question.

Clearly 2009 was disrupted by injury. Up to the point where he got injured, he was the best player that season. Won Australian Open, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome before injury struck. It would be hard to imagine that he wouldn't have been in contention to win the big events in '09 had he not got injured (especially Roland Garros, given his otherwise exemplary record there).

In 2011, Djokovic just had the edge over him (and everyone else on tour). Difficult to explain why that was, but in every tight situation, every big final, Djokovic came out on top.

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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

One reason, the way he plays. It beats him down that he really cant play a full season.
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Re: Why can't Rafa follow up a great season?

I agree his game is very physical and that takes a heavy toll on his body. And because he relies so much on his movement, he is very vulnerable when that is impaired (either through injury or like what we saw this year on blue clay).

I've always said Nadal would have a shorter career than most because his game is so reliant on endurance and physicality. You can only play that way for so long.
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