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Old 04-17-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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I really hope Nadal plays it smart this clay court season and does not over play. Please tell me he is not down to play Barcelona agin this year
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:22 AM   #2
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Seems like he wouldn't skip Barcelona if his life depended on it. It's his home club and he feels obliged. As for Madrid, six of one half a dozen of the other. As a Real Madrid fan and a proud Spaniard, it appears (to him anyway) that he has no alternative other than being a "traitor." And while loyalty is a great trait to have, it's not always rewarding.

In short, no, as scheduled, he certainly is not "playing it smart." However, here's hoping for a couple of quick exits, certainly one in Madrid and/or another one in Barcelona/Rome. Otherwise, hard to imagine another RG title this year.
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he isnt as young anymore, but he know that clay season is his best opportunity to rack up the points to try to be the #1. it's a dilemma for him, but I think he will play every tournament. I hope the opposition is better this year and somebody else than federer beat him on clay...one can dream
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Hello, Sodie beat him on clay last year at the FO remember, so it's not like only Rogie can beat him on clay.
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I'm not convinced that Nadal's clay court schedule is what was the problem last year. I can see why some people would think so.

The causal reasoning is simple. The end result is the loss to Soderling. The lead-up to that is four long tournaments.

But I'm not buying that it was the scheduling that hurt Nadal.

First of all, he had a whole week of rest before RG. And, oddly enough, he choose to spend it by playing exhibitions (why do this if you're hurt).

Secondly, why associate "being hurt" with "being tired"? Because one is not like the other. When a player overplays, he gets tired - not necessarily hurt. Getting hurt, however, is a different thing. One could get hurt by chance - a freak incident. Oftentimes, it has nothing to do with how much one plays.

Thirdly, there were reports that Nadal had some lower body issues all the way back in Rotterdam of 2009. Did he have these problems this year so far? I have not heard anything?

So why are we worried about his workload again this spring? He's going to have two full weeks of rest again - not to mention that masters events are shorter than ever, all have byes for top players and the number of matches played for a finalist is down from six to five.

Give me a break.
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^^Soon after RG, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and was out for a while. To the extent that we can tell, I'd say that's good enough proof that he was injured and not just tired.

It's fair to wonder if folks are placing too much emphasis on Nadal's packed clay season. Certainly, Nadal's style of play throughout the year, on various surfaces, contributed and will keep contributing to the sort of knee ailments he's cited as issues. But there's no question a packed clay season could aggravate or produce a recurrence of his injuries, which include tendinitis, from chronic overuse and not just freak accidents.
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^^Soon after RG, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and was out for a while. To the extent that we can tell from our computer and TV screens, I'd say that's good enough proof that he was injured and not just tired.
Well, facking duh he was injured. I didn't say he was tired.

The question is 'when' and 'how' the injury took place.
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Rafa retired against Murray at the AO and was complaining about his knee in the Roddick match in Miami, so I do think he's been having injury issues this year
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Default Re: Is Nadal playing it smart this clay court season

Real answer: We don't know how this season will affect him. We are not his medical examiners nor are we his agents like 99% of Rafatards like to think so and contribute all his losses to injury.

As a spectator what he is doing is really careless by playing with a full schedule. I mean it seems like the main goal for him is to regain the number 1 spot by sheer points. Almost seems like gaining the spot is more important than the titles. I guess to him, it is worth it to just get that accomplished and have his body supposedly fail on him once more.

The thing that I really do not understand, is that he turns around and blames the ATP for his full schedule. Look at Federer, he barely plays yet he maintains a clear lead being number one. I don't see why he can't play less tournaments and just do his 100% best at each one.
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I'm not convinced that Nadal's clay court schedule is what was the problem last year. I can see why some people would think so.

The causal reasoning is simple. The end result is the loss to Soderling. The lead-up to that is four long tournaments.

But I'm not buying that it was the scheduling that hurt Nadal.

First of all, he had a whole week of rest before RG. And, oddly enough, he choose to spend it by playing exhibitions (why do this if you're hurt).

Secondly, why associate "being hurt" with "being tired"? Because one is not like the other. When a player overplays, he gets tired - not necessarily hurt. Getting hurt, however, is a different thing. One could get hurt by chance - a freak incident. Oftentimes, it has nothing to do with how much one plays.

Thirdly, there were reports that Nadal had some lower body issues all the way back in Rotterdam of 2009. Did he have these problems this year so far? I have not heard anything?

So why are we worried about his workload again this spring? He's going to have two full weeks of rest again - not to mention that masters events are shorter than ever, all have byes for top players and the number of matches played for a finalist is down from six to five.

Give me a break.
What a dumbass post. This is a joke, yes?


He did pull out of Queens and Wimbledon though, b/c he does not care about the grass court season at all.
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What a dumbass post. This is a joke, yes?


He did pull out of Queens and Wimbledon though, b/c he does not care about the grass court season at all.
Way to completely miss the point. Read his post again, you might get it.
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Nadal better skip Madrid.
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Playing players like De Bakker and Berrer = Smartest move ever!
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De Bakker and Berrer are crap anyway. Ferrero is decent, but not great, same with Ferrer at best. Only Verdasco and Chokovic pose a threat to Rafa here. They're all just luky Rogie isn't here because he'd be winning Monte Carlo for the first time ever.
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Nadal beated the older and tired Ferrero, big deal, just like Rome 2006 final when he beated an exhausted Federer (thank you Nalbandian) in the Rome final 2006 (fed played for 5 hours in 5 sets the day before; fed Djoko match in madrid 09 was shit compare to that one)
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