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Old 10-03-2012, 05:59 PM   #497
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Default Re: Rafael Nadal Injury/Health Update Thread : Spanish Press: Nadal not in DC etc

Toni gave a press conference in Argentina today - he's there as part of a Babolat promotional tour. Initially it was reported that he said that Nadal would play DC and WTF but actually he seems to have said that he'll start training in 15 days, there's a small chance of WTF and DC but it's complicated (which I think suggests highly unlikely) and that he'll be totally ready for 2013.

Some other interesting comments such as his thoughts on Del Po (a player with a very high potential who can contend for no.1), Nalbandian (one of Toni's favourites to watch; very talented; great return), Monaco (a very complete player but lacks the 'punch' in key moments in matches; one of Nadal's closest friends); coaching in general (repeated that he thinks coaches should not have to worry about what they say to a player - the relationship of the player being your employer makes that complicated - which is why he doesn't get paid by Nadal; the mental part of a player needs to be worked on from a young age just like you work on the technical part) and finally he said that Nadal's very talented in football and in his view he's more talented than his brother in that regard (the one who played for Barcelona and Spain) - so perhaps Spain could have had that good striker they lack

Nothing that new (one interesting revelation - there was a story a year or so ago about Gaudio saying that Nadal broke all his racquets in the locker room after his loss in Buenos Aires 2005 to him - Toni said today that that wasn't true and Gaudio called Nadal personally to apologise about that. Nadal has apparently once broken a racquet according to Toni - at Roland Garros and it was when he hit his shoe with it.). Don't think much has changed re: his return - if he's training by mid-Oct he'll have a good 2 and a half months to prepare for the Aus Open which should be plenty. No excuses for fatigue next season!

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