How can a player be "tired" after 2 days rest?
How can a player be tired after a 5 setter when they have 2 days to recover, to do ice baths, god knows what else etc?
I mean, after even hours of running around, you catch your breath after a few mintues.
I mean I can understand how the body is stiff, you certainly get cramps and what not.
But "tired"? I dont think so.
Okay, its hard to back up after hard work outs. Its hard. But in tennis you get breaks.
Cyclists, Runners, they train every day. 2 days rest is heaps to them. I mean Marathon runners run the equivilent of 4 marathons in training a week, the top ones. They run 160KM a week.
Djokovic ran about 11KM over his semi and final at AO.
Okay, a lot of thats sprinting. But still. Thats not the toughest of workouts over 6 hours with rests.
How could you be tired per say?
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.