04-24-2006, 07:11 PM
ive read several comments about Nadals style of play meaning that he probably wont be able to keep up his level of play for many years due to the onset of injuries and his body giving up on him.
is this because he does so much running around the court, moreso than others, that his body will eventually tire? because distance runners generally have pretty long careers.
maybe all the running back and forth will be a strain on his muscles?
do you think this is the reason why some of the athletic female players like Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters bodys have been prone to breaking down?
04-24-2006, 07:14 PM
It's not only the running, he puts more energy in every stroke than most top players. But that doesn't mean he will burn out, he seems pretty strong and maybe he can keep it up for a long career.
04-24-2006, 07:51 PM
Tennis players as a whole retire earlier than other athletes in other sports. In Nadal's game, more than say someone like Roddick or Sampras's game, speed very important to Nadal's greatness, and his shot making relies on him getting to balls you wouldn't expect a normal player to get to and then create a winning shot.
At some point Nadal will become a step slower, once that occurs the shots that he chased down before will be fewer and fewer. On a whole though, I would say Rafa has atleast 5 or 6 years left to be in his prime as long as he doesn't injur a knee, foot, or hip....or anything else in the lower body that would effect his movement.
04-24-2006, 08:19 PM
Nadal is probably one of the best conditioned athletes on tour. He is clearly very strong, so can handle hitting the ball harder. He doesn't tire easily, as we all have seen, so he can deal with running around more. It's the style of tennis best suited to him. So he can deal with it, he has plently left in him.
04-24-2006, 09:01 PM
Some may say Nadal is a beast physically, and of course it may be an advantage in a way in terms of power and resistance, but being overmuscular at a young age also exposes to injuries on the long term.
I mean, compare how muscular he was at 17 comparatively with other players of his age like Gasquet, Monfils, Murray, it's scaring :eek: