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Why is Almagro playing Nice?

abraxas21
05-18-2011, 04:57 AM
He's already won 2 250 this year (and has 3 active 250 in his ranking) so he cannot possibly win any points playing another one. besides, playing a 250 right before his favourite GS seems like a highly unappropriate decision.

is it because of the money? i really can't understand it.

i've tried my best to defend the guy but with decisions like this it gets hard not to call him mugro

Magick
05-18-2011, 07:15 AM
well his form hasn't been too crash hot, so he may feel that a couple matches will sharpen up his game?

or maybe he wants the money?

ApproachShot
05-18-2011, 07:19 AM
Most likely some match practice and possibly the chance to win another trophy. At his level money is a secondary issue.

straitup
05-18-2011, 07:25 AM
Maybe he wants some more clay court practice before RG...like Magick said, his form has dipped a little bit since his South American swing, and so the confidence could really help him if he does well.

MaxPower
05-18-2011, 07:28 AM
Soderling played Estoril and he has already won 2 of the 250s as well (Brisbane and Marseilles). And he has said he will play Bĺstad and probably Stockholm Open as well that are both 250s. Often they promise to the organizers and schedule for it so why withdraw just because they have a better season than expected.

Money and winning more titles could be one reason but not letting the organizers down is another. I also think most players got favorite tournaments that they have always played and enjoyed before they got into the top10. In Soderlings case he also likes to play at home and help support swedish tennis. Same reason Djokovic does his Serbian Open I guess

n8
05-18-2011, 09:05 AM
It's not as bad as Verdasco's decision to play there last year.

Adri89
05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
Maybe to get some confidence

Topspindoctor
05-18-2011, 11:07 AM
Because he's Almugro.

nalbyfan
05-18-2011, 11:15 AM
He has Verdasco's syndrom

Marc23
05-18-2011, 11:35 AM
At his level money is a secondary issue.

You never know...

ballbasher101
05-18-2011, 12:14 PM
Smart move on his part if you ask me. He knows he is not going to win the French or go anywhere near so why not enter a tournament you can win.

joplin
05-18-2011, 12:23 PM
Smart move on his part if you ask me. He knows he is not going to win the French or go anywhere near so why not enter a tournament you can win.not an appropriate statement about someone who challenged Nadal the most during last years clay swing

ballbasher101
05-18-2011, 12:28 PM
not an appropriate statement about someone who challenged Nadal the most during last years clay swing

What did he do when he played Nadal at the French last year?. He bent over. The lack of fight was embarassing.

oranges
05-18-2011, 12:43 PM
Smart move on his part if you ask me. He knows he is not going to win the French or go anywhere near so why not enter a tournament you can win.

So, better play a tournament where you have aboslutely nothing to gain? Curious logic, but obviously Mugro shares it. I doubt even money can be a reason given that a few rounds in a slam is worth a lot.

ballbasher101
05-18-2011, 12:49 PM
So, better play a tournament where you have aboslutely nothing to gain? Curious logic, but obviously Mugro shares it. I doubt even money can be a reason given that a few rounds in a slam is worth a lot.

He wants the winning feeling. It's an addiction :devil: . He is not going to get that at Roland Garros.

Sham Kay
05-18-2011, 12:51 PM
Would be fascinating to see the world through Almagro's eyes.. fascinating.. and potentially self-harming.

JolánGagó
05-18-2011, 01:42 PM
because he can... while those very few of you who'd ever touched a tennis racket would need a miracle to enter Nice locker room in other than janitor's clothes.

next.

sheva07
05-18-2011, 02:32 PM
Almost all the players who play Nice and Dusseldorf are :cuckoo::cuckoo:. Especially the topplayers like Ferrer, Almagro, Berdych and Söderling.

Sonja1989
05-18-2011, 02:45 PM
No comment... I hate this idea from him, no idea why do he do. He should rest more before Roland garros plus no benefit in this 250's. :sadface: :o :facepalm: :confused: :help:

nole_no1
05-18-2011, 02:46 PM
Because Almagro knows he's not able to defend the points from last year's RG

MacTheKnife
05-18-2011, 02:54 PM
He's only played approx 11 matches and 24 sets in the last 5 weeks. That's not that much tennis.

Sri
05-18-2011, 03:13 PM
>> Why is Almagro playing Nice?

I want him to play badly too, but you know he has some talent and he occasionally plays nice!

Sapeod
05-18-2011, 07:20 PM
Wouldn't hurt to get a few matches under your belt and he could win the title here, which also wouldn't hurt. A title and a few matches before going into RG? Great decision imo, considering his form in the clay masters, where he didn't play that much.

Pirata.
05-18-2011, 08:13 PM
What did he do when he played Nadal at the French last year?. He bent over. The lack of fight was embarassing.

He was the only person to push Rafa on clay last year other than Gulbis. Mugro took a set off of him in Madrid and their RG match was 7-6, 7-5, 6-4, hardly a lack of fight or bending over (see the 2010 Monte Carlo final for bending over)

Orka_n
05-18-2011, 08:14 PM
because he can... while those very few of you who'd ever touched a tennis racket would need a miracle to enter Nice locker room in other than janitor's clothes.

next.Normally your logic is mostly sound but this is just a terrible and irrelevant post. :scratch:

Kolya
05-19-2011, 01:13 AM
To collect another title.

hipolymer
05-19-2011, 02:30 AM
He's playing Nice because he want to play nice.

Very nice!

Lee
05-19-2011, 03:43 AM
First, he is not playing lots of tennis lately as he was out early in the last few events
Second, it is always nice to win a few matches heading into the big one.
Third, whatever points he gained in this event may not be counted now but if he does not do well in next year SA clay court swing, these points will come in handy to keep his ranking before RG.

ballbasher101
05-19-2011, 04:55 AM
He was the only person to push Rafa on clay last year other than Gulbis. Mugro took a set off of him in Madrid and their RG match was 7-6, 7-5, 6-4, hardly a lack of fight or bending over (see the 2010 Monte Carlo final for bending over)

As we all know a scoreline does not always tell the whole story. Nadal was never in danger of losing that match.

abraxas21
05-24-2011, 07:27 PM
and so it pans out for mugro: gains no points by winning nice and then goes on to lose in five sets in his R1 match of RG. i know hindsight is something we don't have but i think most knew that playing a MM -over which no points can be gained- right before his favourite GS is a terrible decision. most sensible thing would have been to go to paris early to get aclimatized and practice there like the regular top 10 players do.

btw, the nice champion curse is on... didn't gasquet also lost in 5 sets in RG R1 after winning Nice?

TMJordan
05-24-2011, 07:32 PM
Because he's an idiot.

Henry Chinaski
05-24-2011, 07:39 PM
and so it pans out for mugro: gains no points by winning nice and then goes on to lose in five sets in his R1 match of RG. i know hindsight is something we don't have but i think most knew that playing a MM -over which no points can be gained- right before his favourite GS is a terrible decision. most sensible thing would have been to go to paris early to get aclimatized and practice there like the regular top 10 players do.

btw, the nice champion curse is on... didn't gasquet also lost in 5 sets in RG R1 after winning Nice?

It's not just the Nice curse.

Winning before RG has often been a curse regardless of where it's been played

http://shanktennis.com/2011/05/21/nice-job-by-almagro-but-was-it-worth-the-effort/

LawrenceOfTennis
05-24-2011, 07:40 PM
Money's an important factor.

LocoPorElTenis
05-24-2011, 07:45 PM
Money's an important factor.

What round of RG has the same price money as winnning Nice? (though Mugro likely also had appearance money from Nice)

MaxPower
05-24-2011, 08:03 PM
Everyone knew, including himself, that he would be vulnerable in the first round due to going all the way in Nice. I think that Almagro mentally played worse because of this fact. When he lost the 3rd set TB he must have been like "ohh man I can't let this go to a long match, he will have mush fresher legs" and that made him choke on some critical points.

Almagro probably also knew that he had a pretty decent draw and could go deep if he only survived. That just added to the pressure. All in all i think he regrets his Nice choice but on the other hand if Kubot hadn't stepped up his game Almagro would be in round2 in 3 straight sets. easy to forget that :)

misty1
05-24-2011, 08:07 PM
i do question how much nice actually played a part in this considering hanescu also made the final in nice and had to play yesterday and yet he still got through

Sapeod
05-24-2011, 08:11 PM
As we all know a scoreline does not always tell the whole story. Nadal was never in danger of losing that match.
So Almago bent over for Nadal because Nadal wasn't going to lose? Great logic :stupid: I guess Murray, Federer and Djokovic have bent over to him, right? :stupid:

Roadmap
05-24-2011, 08:21 PM
He's not playing nice. He's playing shit

Tom Paulman
05-24-2011, 08:27 PM
He's not playing nice. He's playing shit

:worship:

yesh222
05-24-2011, 10:00 PM
Because he wanted an excuse for when he chokes at RG. And hey, in my opinion it worked.

tealeaves
05-24-2011, 10:03 PM
Mugro :o what an idiot

hotdog
05-24-2011, 10:28 PM
I don't think playing Nice was that much of a factor. There were 3 days between the final and playing here. He just got done on the day by a better player.

cobalt60
05-24-2011, 10:31 PM
It's not just the Nice curse.

Winning before RG has often been a curse regardless of where it's been played

http://shanktennis.com/2011/05/21/nice-job-by-almagro-but-was-it-worth-the-effort/

Fascinating. And I have just bookmarked that site:yeah: Better than reading MTF anyday.

MayerFan
05-25-2011, 12:42 AM
Fascinating. And I have just bookmarked that site:yeah: Better than reading MTF anyday.

Well, it's not exactly the highest hurdle to overcome.

abraxas21
05-25-2011, 02:05 AM
It's not just the Nice curse.

Winning before RG has often been a curse regardless of where it's been played

http://shanktennis.com/2011/05/21/nice-job-by-almagro-but-was-it-worth-the-effort/

interesting read. thx

i read shanktennis regularly but i hadn't checked it out in the past few days.

Filo V.
05-25-2011, 02:24 AM
He didn't lose to Kubot because of Nice. Nice had no factor on the match. He lost because he was outplayed at the end of the final three sets.