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Will Nadal succumb to The Defender's Syndrome?

erik-the-red
06-08-2005, 12:06 AM
First, let me explain what a defender is.

A defender is a player who feels that due to his rank MUST win. In contrast to a contender, who has nothing to lose, a defender feels that he has everything to lose.

This syndrome usually appears after a player has won his first major singles title.

It even took the great Pete Sampras three years to win his second major singles title.

It took Agassi two years to win his second major singles title.

It took Guga three years to win his second major singles title.

After triumphing at Roland Garros in 1998, Moya has never reached a major semifinal.

After winning Roland Garros in 2003, Ferrero failed to defend all of his titles the following year and has yet to reclaim his dominance on the clay courts.

On the WTA Tour, after winning Wimbledon, Sharapova seemed awkward until the season-ending championships.

Will Nadal succumb to the Defender's Syndrome?

Many players have overcome it. Becker defended his Wimbledon title when he was still 18. Hingis won three majors when she was 16 / 17, and won two more in the next two years.

robinhood
06-08-2005, 12:13 AM
Maybe, maybe not

robinhood
06-08-2005, 12:15 AM
If he is "a contender" on grass and hard court, does that make him a defender or what?? :confused:

Carito_90
06-08-2005, 12:16 AM
I don't know really, I believe it's way too early to tell.
Next year will his first time defending a big title so we'll see. Untill then, all we can do is wait.

VingaRafel
06-08-2005, 12:17 AM
Many players have overcome it. Becker defended his Wimbledon title when he was still 18. Hingis won three majors when she was 16 / 17, and won two more in the next two years.

For some reason, I see Nadal in this group. Only time will tell. I don't see him winning another Slam this year, but this kind of success at this early age is no fluke. And don't forget that both Moya and Ferrero got injured (or sick) after winning RG.

If he stays healthy, I can only see good things coming his way. This doesn't mean winning Wimbledon or the Open right away.

Carito_90
06-08-2005, 12:18 AM
No, he's not a defender on grass or hardcourt because he's never won anything there so that he can defend it.
So that makes him a contender... not a strong one maybe (on grass and HC of course), but a contender in the end.

Scotso
06-08-2005, 04:02 AM
I disagree. Even on grass Nadal should probably win most matches.

And defenders usually get defensive... Nadal isn't like that. So, I wouldn't worry about it.

NATAS81
06-08-2005, 04:06 AM
One thing you all are forgetting is that Agassi, Sampras, Borg etc weren't clay specialists and had alot more grass/hardcourt competition whereas Nadal is the lone ranger for clay, so my theory is he will NOT have too much trouble suffering from RG defense syndrome.

deliveryman
06-08-2005, 04:09 AM
For some reason, I see Nadal in this group. Only time will tell. I don't see him winning another Slam this year, but this kind of success at this early age is no fluke. And don't forget that both Moya and Ferrero got injured (or sick) after winning RG.

If he stays healthy, I can only see good things coming his way. This doesn't mean winning Wimbledon or the Open right away.

I also see Nadal allover your avatar and your signature. Could this be the mysterious "reason" you see Nadal in this group?

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 04:14 AM
I also see Nadal allover your avatar and your signature. Could this be the mysterious "reason" you see Nadal in this group?
You're hardly one to speak of objectivity, troll.

Sjengster
06-08-2005, 04:28 AM
As mentioned above, not all the players who've struggled to defend Slams have had purely mental problems - Moya had his back injury shortly after he reached no. 1 in 1999, and everyone knows about the catalogue of illness and injuries that has befallen Ferrero since 2003. That was surely much more of a factor than the pressure he felt at defending his RG/USO results. The pressure may get to Nadal eventually, but I can't see it happening for a good few years. He's enjoying himself too much at the moment to be burdened by any weight of expectation, and while he now has a massive chunk of clay points to defend next year, he has carte blanche to bolster his ranking for the rest of this year on grass and hardcourts.

RogiFan88
06-08-2005, 04:52 AM
you forgot Marat... we're talking slams, right?

NYCtennisfan
06-08-2005, 04:58 AM
No, but I think he will start to feel pressure once next year rolls around and he has to defend all of his points but that's a different story.

megadeth
06-08-2005, 05:19 AM
if he doesn't get seduced by the dark side :p (too much of cars, girls, partying, etc), and surrounds himself with the right people and remins hungry, he'll be fine...

TheMightyFed
06-08-2005, 09:49 AM
I think Nadal wants to learn, and that's the key for the coming years, he will stay a "contender" thanks to this attitude.
In a few years it will be another story, when he's fed up witht the travelling, media, injuries etc. That's where Pete was great, as he managed to overcome the pain that inevitably comes throughout the years. I have no clue how Nadal will react to that, but for the time being, he seems so "pressureproof" I predict at least a hattrick at Roland Garros...

VingaRafel
06-08-2005, 02:16 PM
I also see Nadal allover your avatar and your signature. Could this be the mysterious "reason" you see Nadal in this group?

What am I missing here? Am I not the first one to admit that I doubt he'll win another Slam this year. I wouldn't be surprised if RG is the only one he wins over his career. That's not what I wish for him, but I could see it happening. All I'm saying is I don't think he is a one time hit wonder. But I could be wrong. I ain't no GOD.

Shabazza
06-08-2005, 02:32 PM
I think Nadal wants to learn, and that's the key for the coming years, he will stay a "contender" thanks to this attitude.
In a few years it will be another story, when he's fed up witht the travelling, media, injuries etc. That's where Pete was great, as he managed to overcome the pain that inevitably comes throughout the years. I have no clue how Nadal will react to that, but for the time being, he seems so "pressureproof" I predict at least a hattrick at Roland Garros...
:yeah:

RogiFan88
06-08-2005, 03:09 PM
I can't see Rafa becoming fed up w it all in a few years...