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Old 02-11-2012, 11:53 AM   #31
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pretty sure he's clean- his style of play is hardly taxing at all- its no wonder he stays relatively healthy and hardly injured

i'm sure i read an article somewhere that HGH use has a correlation with injuries
Neither Federer nor Nadal are in superhuman shape, as you an see by this picture of Australian Open 2011 Nadal-

Nadal was only muscular in 2008. After that he lost most of his muscle definition, and subsequently became the first man in world history to win 3 slams on 3 different surfaces, in 2010. If you are looking for a superhuman physique-

I hope Djok is clean. Even if Djok is found guilty, the slam titles won't be transferred to Nadal, unlike at the Olympics where the runner-up receives gold when cheating is found.
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Why is it always the top players that MTF has this kind of talk about? What about the people who have to face Djokovic in slams and they might've been able to get a round further if it weren't for him or some other slam champion being in the way I don't know what it is, but it seems like fans of the top players are rarely satisfied, no matter what the accomplishments their favorites have achieved. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like everytime a major draw comes out, they seem to complain the loudest when anybody who is "good" might face their precious favorite. If he is worthy of the title, then he will win it by earning it. Otherwise, someone else had a better tournament.
Word, man.
It's bloody strange to see those endless expectations. Also, many seem to think that GS-titles - or just whatever titles - grown on trees and they're just there to pick for the top guys, never mind the fact that all the other guys can play a pretty good ball at times as well. Tough losses against other players are being called 'flukes', hence the amount of 'respect' that guys like Söderling, Tsonga, and now Isner (just to name a few of them), get on this board - oh noes, the Top Dog "got unlucky!" He "didn't care"! etc.

It's in fact very difficult to win a big title, and winning even 'just' ONE GS-title is a massive achievement. Be happy for all that your favs have managed to achieve, in stead of lamenting about ifs-buts-shoulda-woulda-coulda's.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:13 PM   #33
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #34
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^ Although Agassi's drug-taking was recreational drug-use, Crystal Meth, which only helped him get to number 141 in the world. The ATP knew it wasn't performance-enhancing obviously, so they were bound to be lenient. The only reason why self-destroying drugs like Crystal Meth are on the banned list is because athletes taking them are setting a bad example as role-models for children. By ignoring Agassi's drug use, the ATP is preventing children from seeing this, and therefore achieving a greater result than banning him (which would reveal his drug use to his legion of young fans, setting a bad example for them). Kids were copying everything Agassi did back then, the haircuts, the pirate gear, everything. Whereas if a tennis player was using steroids or a masking agent, then the ATP would have true reason to ban them and send a message to other tennis players, serving a real purpose.
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Even that AO 2008 was tainted, Fed had mono when he lost. I just think he's come of age. And gluten.
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Not unlucky. He just did not really care.

Like this year, he did not really lose 6 times, when he lost, he just did not care. So the losses don't count.

Nole is pretty much undefeated when he cares about the match.


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Djokovic lost his way during that time. He doubted himself and as a sportsman doubt is your biggest opponent. Simple as that.
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Mods, can we please ban whoever posted the shirtless picture of Federer.

Shirtless pics of NoleGoat may stay however.

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Djokovic lost his way during that time. He doubted himself and as a sportsman doubt is your biggest opponent. Simple as that.
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Nole didn't collapse. To be honest with you, Novak just didn't give a shit after he won the USO.
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nah he got quite lucky with a bunch of the draws tbh - he just fucked up his chances in the later stages/was beaten.
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Word, man.
It's bloody strange to see those endless expectations. Also, many seem to think that GS-titles - or just whatever titles - grown on trees and they're just there to pick for the top guys, never mind the fact that all the other guys can play a pretty good ball at times as well. Tough losses against other players are being called 'flukes', hence the amount of 'respect' that guys like Söderling, Tsonga, and now Isner (just to name a few of them), get on this board - oh noes, the Top Dog "got unlucky!" He "didn't care"! etc.

It's in fact very difficult to win a big title, and winning even 'just' ONE GS-title is a massive achievement. Be happy for all that your favs have managed to achieve, in stead of lamenting about ifs-buts-shoulda-woulda-coulda's.
good post. couldn't agree more. I think it's all human nature. We can't get enough. We need more. Many guys here do not realize how hard Novak, Roger and Nadal had to work to get where they are right now. And what's up with all this PED garbage?
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No, he sucked. Kohlschreiber, Melzer the standout GS exits.
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No, he sucked. Kohlschreiber, Melzer the standout GS exits.
well, I don't think he really sucked. sure some bad loses, but tennis is an individual sport. it's very hard to play your best all the time. How many silly loses have even prime Roger or Nadal had? too many, I can give you a list...

what is really important is that the top guys can raise their game when it's really important. that's why they are multiple GS winners.
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back then, nole was not good enough
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When he won his first slam, his team and Him became over confident and is too much of themselves.
Until he realizes being number one is not just being a star rather a hard work.
In short, its just maturity. He had all the tools to win everything as early as 2008 to beat anyone.
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