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Can Nadal be considered the fittest player on tour?

Sri
01-27-2011, 01:42 AM
We get our tennis in India on ESPNStar and they have blessed us with the infinite wisdom of Vijay Amritraj (a Rafa lover with a passion against Federer) and Alan Wilkins (closet Fed fan with no balls to take on Vijay).

Before the Ferrer / Nadal QF, they spoke about the fittest players on tour:

Alan - Vijay, is it safe to say these two are probably the fittest players on tour?
Vijay - Yes absolutely, and by a mile.

Really dumb@$$es? fittest player on tour by a mile? Nadal? Who every year has some injury or the other? Many times multiple injuries during a season?

Ferrer, yes is fit. But by a mile? I think Murray or Federer would have something to say about that.

And Nadal isn't fit at all. But he might be the greatest athlete in the tour (but again, by a mile?).

mgasol
01-27-2011, 01:49 AM
nadulls problem is that he broadcasts these injuries far and wide as well to make it seems like he cant lose when hes on. he just needs to shut up and play tennis. then one day he may get the respect federer gets. and no, he is not close to the fittest player on tour. federer is.

Snowwy
01-27-2011, 01:50 AM
Federer is the fittest.

Sri
01-27-2011, 01:52 AM
Federer has had his injuries too.

2008 - Mono;
Early 2009 - Bad back;
Mid 2010 - Hamstring (I guess);

But then he is way older than Nadal, and probably does a real good job managing his schedule. Not to mention the efficient game-style argument that goes in his favor.

LleytonMonfils
01-27-2011, 02:09 AM
Federer is the fittest probably but so is Nadal. There is a reason they are #1 and #2 in the game. That is a big cause for it. Murray is right there too. Novak not so much IMO.

Sri
01-27-2011, 02:11 AM
Federer is the fittest probably but so is Nadal. There is a reason they are #1 and #2 in the game. That is a big cause for it. Murray is right there too. Novak not so much IMO.
He gets injured every year. How can he be considered fittest? Ferrer played 84 matches last year (the highest I think) and is refreshingly fit and undefeated this year.

I'm not doubting Rafa is an amazing player and deservedly #1 / #2 for so many years now. But I'm challenging the tag of "fittest player by a mile" that is associated with him.

Ibracadabra
01-27-2011, 02:12 AM
David nalbandian is the fittest.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2011, 02:14 AM
Gasquet is the fittest.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2011, 02:20 AM
Sorry.

Ferrer is the fittest. Guys sends in a pack of Marlboros every day.

partygirl
01-27-2011, 02:30 AM
i thought fitness is what helps keep you away from injury? Being fit?
Not just strength/stamina.:shrug:

10is-
01-27-2011, 02:32 AM
You're absolutely right... Nadal is nowhere near the fittest. Federer is IMO. How many times has he taken MTO in a match let alone retired from one due to an injury.

Ferrer would be second followed by Murray a distant 3rd.

Johnny Groove
01-27-2011, 02:32 AM
It depends how one decides to define "fit".

Sri
01-27-2011, 03:04 AM
Ferrer is easily the fittest
Murray is right up there IMO.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2011, 03:09 AM
Murray is right up there IMO.

Nah.

Ferrer depends on his speed and stamina way more than Murray does.

Ibracadabra
01-27-2011, 03:13 AM
Jesse witten a close 2nd

Pirata.
01-27-2011, 03:25 AM
I think Ferrer probably is.

paseo
01-27-2011, 03:31 AM
We all know that Monfils is one.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2011, 03:37 AM
We all know that Monfils is one.

For a set or two at most.

abraxas21
01-27-2011, 03:53 AM
We get our tennis in India on ESPNStar and they have blessed us with the infinite wisdom of Vijay Amritraj (a Rafa lover with a passion against Federer)

does he post on MTF with the nickname of start_da_game by any chance?

Nirjhor
01-27-2011, 07:09 AM
I like Vijay Amritraj in a James Bond movie(Octopussy). ;) But when he talks about tennis, he's just nothing more than a joker. Especially, when I saw his prediction before any of the matches of Federer, he tells that Federer's opponent(this could be anyone) really has a big and big chance to win! :haha: And he tells that every time. I think he should join the MTF. :lol:

tests
01-27-2011, 07:11 AM
probably not the fittest (injuries, but does that really have to do with fitness? or just bad luck), but he is definitely the most relentless.

Federer is definitely up there in fitness. I have rarely seen him lose a match due to his fitness level.

Lleyton_
01-27-2011, 07:18 AM
Yes he can............................when healthy. He is everythingest when healthy :worship:

2003
01-27-2011, 07:25 AM
Peak Nalbandian is fitter than anything that ever breathed.

But for all intents and purposes, Federer is the fittest.

Roddick would be up there. Whens the last time he ever got tired? Back to back 5 setters at Wimbledon 09 and never took a breath.

Sri
01-27-2011, 07:30 AM
I like Vijay Amritraj in a James Bond movie(Octopussy). ;) But when he talks about tennis, he's just nothing more than a joker. Especially, when I saw his prediction before any of the matches of Federer, he tells that Federer's opponent(this could be anyone) really has a big and big chance to win! :haha: And he tells that every time. I think he should join the MTF. :lol:

That's because Nadal came to Amritraj's Chennai Open and Federer refused. :lol:

Arkulari
01-27-2011, 07:38 AM
Federer and Ferrer

Nirjhor
01-27-2011, 08:26 AM
That's because Nadal came to Amritraj's Chennai Open and Federer refused. :lol:

ha ha!! :lol: good point. :yeah:

Apophis
01-27-2011, 10:21 AM
It would be really weird if the fittest players are also top players, unless success is almost exclusively determined by fitness, which it is not. I would expect less talented players to work their butt off in order to try to beat the most skilled players in the fitness department, especially younger ones. The fittest players could just as easily be ranked #1000 as #100 or #10.

dombrfc
01-27-2011, 10:23 AM
Now Dent has retired, I just cant call it.

2003
01-27-2011, 11:56 AM
2005 TMC Nalbandian is the fittest player tennis at any level has ever seen.

Arkulari
01-28-2011, 07:17 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2011-01-28/201101271296107400866.html

Piles loves running - he just completed a marathon in less than three hours - and Ferrer has obviously caught the bug. He can run one kilometre in 3 mins 25 seconds and clocks 36 minutes for 10 kilometres - not only is he fast but he keeps on going like the Energiser Bunny. This year, though, he varied his routine during the off season and tried mountain biking. Clearly, he took to that, too, and racked up 90k a day when he was not running himself ragged playing soccer. Somewhere in amongst this eye-watering schedule, he found time to squeeze in two weeks' worth of holiday time so now he feels fresh, relaxed and as fit as a flea.

Just to make sure that his slight frame is as strong as it can be, Ferrer practises with Basque racquets during December. These are heavy wooden bats used for playing pelota and its many variants so, basically, Ferrer's off-season training involves playing tennis with a lump of wood the size of a cricket bat. That builds muscle on his racquet arm but in order to make sure that his body is in perfect balance, he finishes every practise session by playing left handed (but with a normal racquet) for five or 10 minutes. A chap does not want to be lop-sided if he is chasing a major title.

(that explains his fitness, pelotaris are usually monsters :lol:)

Sri
01-28-2011, 07:21 AM
David Ferrer is a beast!

Blackbriar
01-28-2011, 08:28 AM
Gasquet is the fittest.

You will be cursed forever for this outrage :)