Originally Posted by DrJules
An observant Sky commentator noticed he was not moving well when he played Youhzny. It seems consistent with the observations.
It seems that Nadal's ankle may have been bothering more than he acknowledged in the post match interviews. From Jon W
I've been meaning to get this off my chest and I will do so now: The more I see of Nadal -- on and off the court -- the more I like. I saw Nadal in the locker room prior to the match wincing as he adjusted his shoes. Yet when asked what role a bad ankle played in his loss, he refused to acknowledge a problem.
If that is true, I hope that his ankle is not really bad and heals quickly. I also like that he refused to cite it as a reason that could have affected his performace and just said that Mikhail deserved the win because he played better.