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Rafa's an outstanding season so far 38-3 (92.68%), big favourite now for Toronto masters.

But out of the big 3 (or even 4 or 5 with Andy and Stan) he's racking up A LOT more matches over the past 18 months than his rivals. Total matches played since the start of 2017:

Nadal: 120 (assuming plays Khachanov tomorrow)
Federer: 90
Djokovic: 77
Wawrinka: 57
Murray: 41

He's obviously going for broke trying to pick up as many weeks at no.1 as possible, of course that means competing and trying to win virtually every major tournament he's fit for (he's also playing Davis Cup this year), but will there be a price on his body in the long run for this quest of total domination?

He's 32, not 22, will this domination last indefinitely for the next 2-3 years or will he do an Andy Murray and blow up at some point in attempting to rack up a huge number of weeks at no.1?

Its a risky strategy because Federer has prepared his schedule so his body is still competitive till 40, Nadal being the competitive animal he is wants to play in everything and has admitted he doesn't like missing big chunks of the season like Federer does in fear of losing rhythm and form.

It's admirable, but you feel those number matches are going to catch up with him in a few years if he doesn't slow down shortly.
 

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As soon as he'll end the year #1 (which will happen unless serious injury), he should seriously slow down indeed. It's also crystal clear Roger Federer won't be #1 ever again so that should leave this opportunity for Juan Martin Del Potro, Alexander Zverev or Novak Djokovic.

Injuries have always been a major concern for Rafa Nadal and surprisingly he's been healthy for over 18 months now (despite a retirement in the quarters of the Australian Open this year but not sure it was anything serious). He should focus on the slams count only now, same as his rival Novak Djokovic.
 

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Bet he skips Basel and/or Paris and/or Shanghai if his #1 lead is big enough. Whether that is the case depends largely on Federer or Zverev not winning the USO. If they don't, he's probably safe.
 

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This not a fair comparison.
All those guys were injured and took months off. In Federer case he took clay season off.

But we are talikng about Nadal.
He is 38 and 3. Not bad. He retired at AO. Missed Acapulco, IW and Miami.
Yes he´s 32 but i don´t think he´s doing the same as Andy.

It could look like he´s trying to win everything because Djokovic wasn´t there. Federer also. So naturally he and the others would do the same in his place, no?

As long as he´s winning and healthy he wont stop.
 

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This not a fair comparison.
All those guys were injured and took months off. In Federer case he took clay season off.

But we are talikng about Nadal.
He is 38 and 3. Not bad. He retired at AO. Missed Acapulco, IW and Miami.
Yes he´s 32 but i don´t think he´s doing the same as Andy.

It could look like he´s trying to win everything because Djokovic wasn´t there. Federer also. So naturally he and the others would do the same in his place, no?

As long as he´s winning and healthy he wont stop.
Nadal is injury prone and is beatable on HC, the reason why him playing clay is ok is because he could routine everyone with his eyes closed and no risk of injury looming. But he's playing tight matches against good players, 5 hour grass matches, and is not as SUPER clutch as he once was (although opponents still bend over freely to him without prompt) so these are tough matches that go either way.
 

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Nadal and Fed had played the same amount of tournements after wimby, as Toronto was Rafa's 8 tourny of the season and Fed has played 7 so far.

It will be interesting if Rafa does the same next year as he did this by skipping the sunshine double if he goes the second week of the AO.

Because there is a huge gap after AO and the start of the clay season, you get the whole of feb and march to rest and the first clay master doesn't start untill the middle of april.

That's almost the same time between the Miami master and Stutgart that Fed took of this year.

But it seems that time of has done wonders for Nadal, but there isn't a reason he should play so many tourny's if he plans to stick with last years schedule.

The only reason would be to keep hold of the number 1 ranking and he's a little over 2 years to beat roger's overall record.
 

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No. I don't think so. He has had plenty time off with the injuries. Plus as you said he is 32 not 22. Meaning he is a lot closer to the end than the beginning. I think it's smart to go out with a bang. Realistically Rafa probably has 2 or 3 more years of top 3 play in him. Why not make your last two or three years your best years. In other words you don't want to waste these two or three years for later years where you simply won't be as good.

Plus Rafa barring injury will pick up an important achievement this year. It will be the first time in his career he finished number 1 in back to back years. Obviously he would of did it before if not for injuries.

It will also level him with Fed in total YE number 1 years and put him just one behind Sampras.
 

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I don't think so, remember that last year he played Acapulco + Indian Wells + Miami.

Toronto is Rafa second hard court tournament of the year, he will be alright.

I believe he will have a great indoor season, skipping the sunshine Acapulco + the sunshine double was the best decision in a long time. The Wimby SF is a testament of that.
 
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