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Nadal won't bow to knee troubles

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RAFAEL Nadal promised today not to let organisers down, vowing to play through any pain in his position at top seed and major drawcard at the 2.1-million-euro Madrid Masters.

"I'm a bit injured," said the teenaged Roland Garros winner who stands as one of the few household names remaining in a field which is missing Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.

The absent quartet of injured stars means that Nadal is being chased by American second seed Andy Roddick, with Argentines and Spaniards populating the draw for a Spanish-speaking tennis-mad public.

"I thought my knee was getting better, but yesterday I started feeling pain," said Nadal, who has withdrawn from doubles with Feliciano Lopez in order to conserve energy.

"I had an MRI and it showed severe tendinitis in one knee. But my will to play will be there no matter what happens."

Nadal, who begins after a second-round bye against Romanian Victor Hanescu, who defeated Czech Tomas Zib 6-1, 6-4, said that he will have to refrain from training in order not to aggravate his knee more.

"It's not the best thing to keep my tennis level up, but it's best for my knee."
I hope Nadal is able to play, but I'd rather him not do serious damage to his knee. He's got plenty of years left to play Madrid.

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Re: Nadal won't bow to knee troubles

Think the Austrian reaction is still ringing in his ears? He should do what he has to do to stay healthy.
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Is "severe tendinitis in one knee" standard operating procedure, or does it cast a cloud over his future, perhaps shortening his career?
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Carlos should let him up once in a while.


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Rafa shouldn't be playing if he has pain.

That's crazy.
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It isn't a slam, he can't make #1 this year and he's already qualified for TMC. He doesn't need to play through the pain. I know it's his hometown event, but he'll hopefully have lots of years left to play this event.

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Guys... if it was really bad, he wouldn't play.


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But he's playing doubles, too. that just seems unnecessary.

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Guys... if it was really bad, he wouldn't play.
Actually not sure if that's true. There's a lot of pressure on him to play from many areas - its in Spain, sponsors, etc.

And he's young - may not realize that sometimes he just has to stand up and say NO!
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I am so annoyed at the Vienna organizers right now. They screamed bloody murder when Rafa withdrew with knee pain that I have to think in a way that Nadal is remembering this when deciding not to withdraw from Madrid- even though his knees are really giving him trouble.

As a fan of his- I really hope that he doesn't do furhter damage to his knee by playing here. And I know a lot of people here on this board don't like Nadal- but I do think he is great for the sport- even if he doesn't play "pretty" tennis in it would be really sad if his knee became a big problem. He is a good kid who had enthusiasm- I hope that still even though he wants to play the tournies he keeps his long term health in mind. I think he is an asset to the sport.

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t he's playing doubles, too. that just seems unnecessary.
Not anymore. He pulled out because of the knee pain.
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I doubt Vienna is weighing on his mind at all, but I bet his desire to play - and play well - at home, is. I'm sure he is aware that the tourney is counting on him for ticket sales, attention, and all that stuff, and I'm sure that it's important to him as it's important to all players to play at home.

But he's young and will have many many chances to play Madrid, so hopefully if he's not fit to play, he's not doing something stupid.

Ah, CB just saw the bottom of your post. Glad he's pulled out of doubles then, seems like the right decision. He must have decided that very late, though? It's still on tomorrow's OP, even after it was updated to reflect Verdasco as the winner of the night match.

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Poor Rafel. And his game is so based on running. That's not good.

I was really depressed that I don't have Madrid coverage, but with all my players dropping, I guess it doesn't matter
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I really hope if the pain becomes too much, he pulls out.............I am sure there is a lot of pressure on him from the tournament directors. But, I'm hoping at least his uncle draws a line at some point.



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Actually not sure if that's true. There's a lot of pressure on him to play from many areas - its in Spain, sponsors, etc.

And he's young - may not realize that sometimes he just has to stand up and say NO!
Didn't his coach Tony say something about him not wanting Rafa to play so much, but he just wouldn't listen. I know I read it somewhere. I just can't remember if it was a specific tournament he was referring to or just overall.

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Didn't his coach Tony say something about him not wanting Rafa to play so much, but he just wouldn't listen. I know I read it somewhere. I just can't remember if it was a specific tournament he was referring to or just overall.
I remember Uncle Toni said that he thought that Rafa played too much - but don't remember that Rafa wouldn't listen. Knowing Rafa, you remembered right. But he has cut down a bit....a tiny tiny bit. Hasn't been playing doubles as much.

I can't remember a season that I've wanted so much to end. Too many players hurt...Roger, Gasquet, now Rafa, etc. etc. Yet again, the season is too long but that's another discussion.
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