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Old 11-23-2007, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Rafa's 2008 Schedule

I don't know it.

Let's guess!

I'll bold the ones we know he's entering (where's he announced his intention to play and the MS + Slams) I'll put DC ties in itallics. The ones he played last year have ? beside them.

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DEC 31 Chennai Chennai Open (H) - FINAL (lost to Youzhny)
JAN 14 Melbourne Australian Open (H) -SF (lost to Tsonga)


FEB 18 Rotterdam ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (IH) 2nd Round (lost to Seppi :retard
MAR 3 Dubai The Dubai Tennis Championships (H) QF(lost to Roddick)
MAR 10 ATP MASTERS SERIES Indian Wells Pacific Life Open (H) SF (lost to Nole )
MAR 24 ATP MASTERS SERIES Miami Sony Ericsson Open (H) Finalist (lost to Davydenko)

APR 7 Davis Cup Quarterfinal (Played, def. Keifer)

APR 21 ATP MASTERS SERIES Monte-Carlo Masters Series Monte-Carlo (CL) WON
APR 28 Barcelona Open SEAT 2008 (CL) WON
MAY 5 ATP MASTERS SERIES Rome Campionati BNL d’Italia (CL) 2nd round (lost to Ferrero)
MAY 12 ATP MASTERS SERIES Hamburg Masters Series Hamburg (CL)

MAY 26 Paris Roland Garros (CL)
JUNE 9 London The Artois Championships (G) (confirmed by official site)
JUNE 23 Wimbledon Wimbledon (G)
JULY 7 Stuttgart MercedesCup (CL) ??

JULY 21 ATP MASTERS SERIES Toronto Rogers Masters (H)
JULY 28 ATP MASTERS SERIES Cincinnati Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (H)

AUG 11 2008 OLYMPICS

AUG 25 New York US Open (H)

SEP 15 Davis Cup Semifinal*
SEP 22 Bangkok Thailand Open (IH) ??

OCT 13 ATP MASTERS SERIES Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid (IH)

OCT 27 ATP MASTERS SERIES BNP Paribas Masters (IS)

NOV 10 Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai (IS) ??
NOV 17 Davis Cup Final
I don't really see how he can play Stuttgart next year, unless he loses really early at Wimbledon ... Have I said here how stupid I find his decision not to play the SA clay swing next year? Because I think it's really stupid.

I'll keep editing this as we find out more.

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Old 11-23-2007, 09:59 PM   #2
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I wonder if he intends to play Queens again. His original contract was for 2 years...
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I hope he doesn't.

edited to add: Jesus, there is much doom and gloom over rafa's physical problems.
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he has an contract with Stuttgart too.
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I know. Sometimes I really think he's :retard:
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There was a poll in a Dutch newspaper lately, on the subject of Raf indeed appearing at the Rotterdam ABN AMRO-tournament - and the outcome was that 80% of the voters expect that he won't.

This schedule seems a bit too much to me... really, with his tendonitis problems (which is a chronic injury!), he should be more careful and cut down on this schedule of his, or I'll seriously start fearing for him to burn out too soon. Learn from Roger, Raf, and choose your tournaments sensibly!
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There was a poll in a Dutch newspaper lately, on the subject of Raf indeed appearing at the Rotterdam ABN AMRO-tournament - and the outcome was that 80% of the voters expect that he won't.

This schedule seems a bit too much to me... really, with his tendonitis problems (which is a chronic injury!), he should be more careful and cut down on this schedule of his, or I'll seriously start fearing for him to burn out too soon. Learn from Roger, Raf, and choose your tournaments sensibly!

Karin, did you read the latest gloom mongering injury article? The one about his flat feet?
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Karin, did you read the latest gloom mongering injury article? The one about his flat feet?
Oh dear, not ANOTHER one?
His team should really give the guy a break - and perhaps he himself should allow it just as much. After having read about the offer Tio Toni gave him - to quit as his trainer - which Raf turned down, I'm really feeling the guy is pushing himself a mite too hard...

Well, whatever. His year 2007 was a great one indeed, ranking up 1300 points more than in 2006. I can only wish for him not putting too much of a strain on himself. Have to love the guy for his remarkable fighting spirit, though... (if not for MANY other reasons, too!).
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The one about his flat feet?
I read it. I don't know what to think of that article since Rafa's feet don't look flat at all to me.
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^^Me either. It was a mighty depressing read.

Rafa obviously doesn't care about his myriad of physical problems as I see he is playing the Malaga Masters next weekend.

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Rafa don't skip Queen's you PILLOCK

It's a great tournament... but I'm biased.

I think this'll be the make or break year in regards to Rafa's health. Either he'll be dogged by injury (please no) or he'll be able to mix up his game or work a schedule that doesn't wear him out. Over the last 3 years he hasn't missed too much due to injury, just the odd tournament here and there, so I'm not too worried.
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Karin, did you read the latest gloom mongering injury article? The one about his flat feet?
What's this all about? Can someone post it?
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I'll post the translation that andrea did at vamosbrigade (and I hope I don't get into trouble)

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A champion made out of pain

Nadal lives with extreme physical situations, that would have driven many into depression. He suffers a chronical tendinitis in his kneecap, the inner part of one of his feet tends to descend while walking too (I really have no idea how to explain this, but if I understood the info correctly, Rafa has a flat foot, does that word exisist in english? ) And he has got to the point to sumerge in water with ice to mitigate the pain.

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PALMA- He is a champion made out of pain. Consolidated as the second best tennis player of the world, he is able to remain in top of the circuit thanks to his enormous capacity to sacrifice.

Nadal is a mental beast, who lives, with only 21, phisical problems that normally show up much later, on the last track in the career of a professional sportsman, that would have cause serious depressions in the majority of his rivals.

Because of his chronical tendinitis in his kneecap he suffers since two seasons, Rafa can´t make a consistent career, and has to dose his effort in order to not suffer the stress fracture in his right foot like in 2004 again, which forced him to do a long, sporadic rest to reduce the inflamation in his tendons and ease the pain.

Extreme measures. He tried everything, even the therapy of shock waves, in which the affected zone is hitted hard to provoke a bruise, improve the blood circulation and end with the calcifications. A voluntary torture in which he subjects himself a few times a week, though Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, his doctor, suspects that it isn´t that effective anymore. But it´s not the only extreme treatment he tried. In January, after defeating Andy Murray in the first Grand Slam of the season, The Australian Open, he sumerged into a tub full of ice six in the morning in order to mitigate the consequences of his effort. It wasn´t the first time. Neither the last.

The roots of everything seems to lay in his physical constitution. Nadal has "flat feet" and therefore, he overloads them. When he touches the ground, the inner part of his feet is pushed down extremely. When the foot needs to elevate, it keeps pushing itself to the inside, and creates a diversion. Obviously with this kind of diversion, the inner part of his shoes are being deteriotated. This move creates an overload on his joints provoked by the way he stands on his feet. This indicates that all the weight goes to that zone and hurts.

Of course, a "flat foot" is more exposed to suffer injuries in its ligaments, and maybe that explains the cause of the stress fracture in his right foot in 2004, that kept him away for 4 months, and from which he could never fully recover, in spite of all the treatments he went through.

One of them was the implantations of special insoles, designed after a deep biomechanical research, which in theory should have corrected his support position to avoid contractures, but he never could fully adapt to them either. The result of that was that he had to stay away from the circuit for long 4 months, from October 2005 to February 2006, and during 2007, even though he didn´t suffer such long breaks, he had to interrupt his activity many times, the last one of them, in the previous weeks of the Master Cup in Shanghai.

Raised in a privileged family environment, Rafa inherited his uncle´s capacity to sacrifice. The football player Miquel Angel Nadal, a titan who manage to play a match for Mallorca with a broken toe, or who refused to leave the field in spite of having a punctured lung and suffering huge pain. Miquel Angel had to go through a tendinitis in his kneecap too, and back problems. But he never complained. "There were days-he remembers- when I woke up and put my foot on the floor, I saw stars. But I guess that the pain is part of the life a sportsman has. And Rafa knows that too."

The living example of his uncle serves him to accept what is necesary. Just like the endless sessions of rehab his physiotherapist, Miquel Maymó, makes him go through after every match, in which he tries to get a muscular balance where the joints can be in an ideal state. The job concentrates on the recentration of the joints in order to avoid injuries, and in regard to the tendinitis, for his knees he performs isometric and eccentrics excercises of quadriceps so the tendon can take consistency.

When his ankle inflamates, they apply creams in order to retrieve its normal state. And when the situation is desperate, there is no better medecine than a bath of contrast. Or the same thing, get in a tub full of ice water.
On the court, besides from the insoles, Nadal needs protection in his kneecap. That´s why they are doing a orthopedical treatment, a tape under his kneecap or a circular tape under the lower pole of the kneecap or a knee protection centered in his kneecap, though for the next season they are thinking about the possibility to extend the protection to his quadricep. (<----that doesn't sound good )

Without infiltrations. Until now, Rafa has endured everything, and that will be the tendency for the next season, which will start in January in Australia. Nothing indicates that the pain will fade away, and even though for the moment, it has been succesfull to avoid the inflitrations, injections of corticoesteroids that are introduced to almost three times in an interval of one or two weeks in the affected zone, are prepared, and they don´t disccard the possibility to use them one day.

A case similar to Nadal´s is unknown. Of course that in the professional circuit, we don´t know such a case. And in his attempt for the number one spot, Rafa claimes to be only able to compete in equal physical conditions as the rest. Surely in that case, nobody could stop him. Not even Federer.
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I just read that Rafa thinks if he has to drop a tournament next summer it will be Cinci. Is he mental? What about Stuttgart? It starts the day after the WImbledon final. And he seems to think he will be playing MC-Barca-Rome-Hamburg, and he also mentioned Queen's. :retard:
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About the European clay court tournaments: if he plays Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome back-to-back (which is already pretty intense), I can't see him playing in Hamburg (and if he does, I plan to hunt him down in Germany to slap him myself. )

Queens is a great tournament and he needs at least one grass court tournament in preparation for Wimbledon. Why the :retard: ?

Stuttgart is something he can't really drop since he's under contract to play there with a nice fee to tie him to that tournament. I don't quite agree with the clay court tournament in between Wimbledon and the US HC season but I can't see him drop this one for now.

Montréal/Toronto & Cinci back-to-back never worked out well. I'm not surprised to see him contemplating dropping one of them but it's a Masters Series event so it's not supposed to be optional. Quite a few of the top players who plan to go to the Olympics are probably seriously thinking about an excuse to drop Cincy, no?

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