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Originally Posted by Hewitt =Legend
Onya Stanley. Fully deserved grand slam title beating Djokovic and Nadal on the way.
^^ This is the best post in a thread full of absolute nutters. This is exactly how I felt watching it in the moment. Wawrinka was in amazing form during the first set, dictating play from the baseline and not letting Nadal take any initiative in the rallies. Mixed it up superbly with some excellent serve and volley plays when Nadal was returning serve 5 metres behind the baseline. Was slapping miraculous winners for fun. Nadal's movement and serve were not hindered one iota.
We then move into the second set and it begins remarkably similar to the first. Wawrinka gets the break and then all of a sudden Nadal pulls up after a serve. Proceeds to take a MTO as soon as possible and leaves the court. Now we get to the part of whether or not this back injury was legit. Only Nadal and his team will ever know but with his track record I couldn't take him seriously and the crowd obviously felt the same way. Usually a grand slam final crowd are not the most knowledgeable spectators out there so you know it's pretty obvious when they reacted the way they did. This was all psychological from Nadal. We've seen it time and time before, most notably during his 7 month "injury" break in 2012 straight after winning RG. He skipped the AO then even though he could have easily played it. He is afraid of losing and people doubting him and that he could actually lose a match while healthy to a superior opponent on the night. The crowd booing him affected him significantly. He was all over the place mentally, wondering how he was going to explain everything. People have to remember that Nadal is a prototype, created and designed by Uncle Toni and co from day one. Every single move in his career has been calculated from day one. The time wasting, making his opponent wait before the match starts in the locker room and before the coin toss, the whole shebang with the water bottles and rituals before he serves. When all of this doesn't work he turns to extreme measures and I think he was found out publicly tonight and he didn't know how to react to that at all.
As I expected, after he got through that third set, he upped the ante in the fourth and his rapid movement returned for the most part. Started running down balls he wasn't getting close to in the second set. The intensity and rituals before he served all returned. Thankfully Wawrinka was able to recover from all of these mind games and close out the match in style. It's just a shame that Wawrinka's first slam win will be overshadowed for the most part due to Nadal's antics. You could see how subdued he was with his celebrations after the final shot. Didn't know what to do at all.
Anyway, fantastic to see a fresh face with a grand slam title. Also great to see someone break the top four stranglehold as well. Hopefully he can maintain this level throughout the season and for years to come. We'll now wait and see what happens with Nadal but I have no doubts he will be back and firing on all cylinders for the commencement of the clay season.
Originally Posted by Hewitt =Legend
First of all, please don't place me in the illustrious group of Rafito haters on this forum. I am not a hater, but a realist. I actually think Nadal is quite a nice guy off the court, as normal as he can be given the way he has been brought up. But if you genuinely can't see the antics and injury BS he has pulled over the years then I don't think I can justify his behaviour to you because you are obviously a massive fan. I'll give it a shot anyway because I'm pretty bored...
His Wimbledon 2010 win over Petzschner. Takes a medical time out at 2-1 in the fourth set before the German is about to serve in an obvious attempt to halt his momentum and play some mind games. Takes the always extended time out and the tactics worked. Proceeds to thoroughly outplay Petzschner and shows no signs of the injury that was so bad that it forced him to stop play. Goes on to win the tournament. Right...
The next year at Wimbledon during his win over Del Potro. Before the commencement of the first set tiebreak he takes a MTO for his foot. He even goes as far in saying that his foot was broken. After the MTO, he proceeds to win the tiebreak and also the match. It should also be noted that Del Potro had all the momentum heading into the breaker having saved a set point at 5-6 down. Nadal sure moved tremendously for the rest of the match with a supposed broken foot..
2011 Roland Garros final against Federer. Nadal is down 2-5 in the opening set and calls the trainer on court. Successfully disrupts Federer's momentum and goes on to win the next 5 games to win the set 7-5 and ultimately the match and title. Hell, he even tried it against Federer in this years AO semi finals. Goes off court after the completion of the first set for a lengthy period of time. The second set resumes and then he takes another MTO as soon as he can to treat his blisters. Why couldn't he have got his blisters treated and tape changed when he went off the court after the first set? There are many other cases but I think you get the point.
His whole 7 month break from the game after winning RG in 2012 and losing to Rosol at Wimbledon a couple of weeks later is also up in the air. I have my assumptions behind this little sabbatical but I have detailed them extensively elsewhere and can't be bothered to do so again.
The point is Nadal has been taught gamesmanship from a young age and has had this thought process instilled into him by his extensive team. His whole time wasting and making his opponents wait for him before the match starts and during are all traits that encompass his character. This is why nobody can accurately "call this match how it is" because none of us are in a position to knowingly dissect his thought process. We can only offer our opinions which I have done in the form of a pretty ajde thesis earlier in this thread.
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