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Old 11-11-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Nadal criticizes TMC Shanghai courts

Its in Spanish and my Spanish skills are non-existent but someone in another forum translated this:

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/story?id=381107

Nadal has been speaking out about the court for this years Masters Cup. He says the surface will not create a spectacle for the fans, points will be very short and that it favours Ljubicic heavily.

He feels it is not right for the Masters Cup to be played on a surface like this when there are only 2 or 3 courts comparable to it over the course of the year. He says it is a lack of respect to Tennis.

He went onto say, it doesn't make sense that he comes to the Masters Cup as the no2 player in the world, but then put him on a surface that would likely not even have him in the top 15.

He says further, when a player plays and loses, ok, but is it right at this kind of stage for a player to feel he has lost before the match has even begun?

He ended by saying he expects his knees to hold up on the court, and that he doesn't consider himself as Federer's rival, but the rival of any player he steps out on court with.
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Old 11-11-2005, 05:55 PM   #2
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quit bitching.
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Old 11-11-2005, 05:58 PM   #3
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quit bitching.
wow Ljubo has never complained about anything in his life has he
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:00 PM   #4
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wow Ljubo has never complained about anything in his life has he
Do you ever hear him bitch about no Indoor GS or playing on clay?
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:02 PM   #5
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He went onto say, it doesn't make sense that he comes to the Masters Cup as the no2 player in the world, but then put him on a surface that would likely not even have him in the top 15.

Who in his group belongs to top 15 on this surface at the moment? I'm a very tolerant person, but shut up already.
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:03 PM   #6
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everyone has there favorite surface, and unfortunately we cannot satisfy everyone. everyone bitches about certain parts of tennis, and really, it just doesn't matter. i find that rafa isn't stating anything but the truth, and truth or not, he will have to play on this surface. i am sure he will try hard, but I doubt he expects too much to win the tournament. oh well, as long as he learns from it and grows in some manner. i think now that marat is out, it has to heavily favor ivan ljubicic, but we will see if can show up.
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Do you ever hear him bitch about no Indoor GS or playing on clay?
No but I hear him bitch about too many tournaments being played in the US, and the only reason Roddick is high in the world is because he gets favourable line calls from home judges.
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I think he's right. The surface here should be similar to the one used in the Madrid AMS. A not-so-fast hard court, which is more democratic, since it allows both clay-courters and fast-courters to play in equal conditions. And considering the TMC field this year, this concern gets even more important. Helding a TMC on carpet is as stupid as helding it on grass or on clay.
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a madrid type court would be better for nadal
i think the most honest would be a hard court like in the us open series.
but the level of bitching about the court is too high this year.
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No but I hear him bitch about too many tournaments being played in the US, and the only reason Roddick is high in the world is because he gets favourable line calls from home judges.
he's not the only one, and what does that have to do with Nadal bitching about the TMC surface?
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Federer doesn't like the surface either
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again?
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Default Re: Nadal criticizes TMC Shanghai courts

Federer has commented about the surface too. I think when the two most dominant players are uneasy about the court, that is something.......... Here is the link to an article posted today making reference to his comments.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/mai...1/stfede11.xml

Federer fretting over injury
By Mark Hodgkinson in Shanghai
(Filed: 11/11/2005)

Roger Federer had previously been experiencing "a strange feeling" during his training sessions here, and yesterday the Swiss admitted that his recent ankle injury may prevent him from defending his title at the Masters Cup, a tournament that is supposed to be an exhibition of the finest that tennis can offer.

A strong hint of vulnerability from the world No 1 was to be expected. At one stage there was a fear that he would not even make it to China. Federer damaged ligaments in his right ankle after a training mishap four weeks ago, he was left walking on crutches and forced to cancel three tournaments on his schedule. His opening group match will be his first competitive tennis for more than a month - he has not played since defeating Scotland's Andy Murray in the Bangkok final.

Worryingly for locals and tournament officials, who have already lost three headline names in Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick, Federer was yesterday talking of how "health comes before success". The last thing the Chinese need now is Federer hobbling and shuffling away from the Qi Zhong Stadium, a futuristic, 15,000-seat arena that has been built specially for the Masters Cup. Federer is meant to be the star of the show, which starts on Sunday.

Federer, who is attempting to win his third successive Masters Cup title, said: "I don't know the chances of me winning here because of my foot. I'm here to defend the title but health comes before success. I just hope that I can play my first match without any pain."

Federer said he was not pleased with the type of hard court that has been laid at the Qi Zhong Stadium. "I am not a huge fan of the surface. It makes me feel strange, and it just doesn't take my spin the way I would like it to. I hope I will get comfortable with it after a few more practice sessions," said Federer, who has been accompanied by his part-time coach, Australian Tony Roche.
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:25 PM   #14
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Default Re: Nadal criticizes TMC Shanghai courts

I think the reason its the surface that it is, because the season ends on that surface, and players are use to it, if the season ended on outdoor hourcourts, it would be that, and weather also has a say in it,
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Default Re: Nadal criticizes TMC Shanghai courts

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he's not the only one, and what does that have to do with Nadal bitching about the TMC surface?
I'm pointing out if Ljubicic complained, I doubt you'd be having a go at him.
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