Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
Why are you over reading this? He says what he wants to say. You don't have to believe it and for what it's worth I don't either.
It's not cowardly at all, he has to find the right way for him to be successful and if this is the tactic, then go ahead. Considering this is the best he has ever done at the US Open and Dubai is a lot slower than the US Open, or has that slipped your mind?
Nothing slipped my mind. Simply, I am a Nadal fan and I don't want to hear him taking pity on himself as if he isn't a top-3 contender in this tournament. And I believe that it IS cowardly if his real goal is something greater (which I already said I believe it is). If he says he only wants to reach the QF, this means that any match from then on, the pressure is off him since he's "overachieving". He is lowering everyone's expectations. There is a pattern with this manner, just as I pointed out with the French Open.
And I am not really "taking issue". This is a tennis message board so I thought I'd post that because for me, it's having the effect of making me gradually lose respect for Nadal.