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Was that a not so subtle dig at Djoko? Some quotes from Rafa's presser today:

"I am convinced by the tournament's answer. I respect and trust that tournament is thinking about the event AND obviously the players. I don't think we're having bad air quality during the whole event, I think we're gonna be fine.

I don't like talking about things I don't know about, I normally try not to. I prefer listening to experts. I can't position myself pro cancelling the tournament. Based on what? Based on smoke? Smoke till when? Negative or not so negative conditions till when? Exactly how hazardous for health are conditions? Those are questions I, as Rafael Nadal, can't answer, I simply do not know. I must be cautious because I don't know.

I must inform myself. I've asked and situation has been explained. I've been satisfied by explanations, I' ve trained everyday.... what we can't do is blaming smoke for everything happening. People retire from every tournament, things happen, it's always very hot here... last week in Sydney I had a heat shock.... we play with worse air in other cities in the world.
 

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Was that a dig at faker? The mind games have started.
Looks like it's Il Padrino's manipulative work in his nephew's plastic mind...
 

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Federer has said something similar as well.


If the threshold of 200 units is passed, Air Quality Rating 5, then play is suspended - and Federer is OK with that.
“Go in the streets, ask the people if they want it to move from Melbourne or from Australia. No, I don’t worry,” Federer said on Saturday. “From what we were told in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200. From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.

I don’t worry too much, to be honest. I worry more for everybody else who is in the fire, in the smoke. Also we can stay indoors all day, quickly go out and play, go back in again. It’s not like we’re stuck outside at all times. I think we’re going to get through it and it should be fine. It shouldn’t move, no.”

Federer seemed offended at claims he and Nadal didn’t do enough to represent the suffering lower-ranked players in qualifying, saying he’d been in the tournament office last Tuesday closely monitoring the situation.
“I think we’re all confused,” he said. “Is it super unsafe or is it totally safe to play? The problem on top of it, it was actually quite hot, too ... some players are not used to playing at 35, 33-degree heat, especially if you’ve practised on the indoor season.
“I’m not saying they’re not ready or whatever it is, but it can always hit you. Of course, everything gets put down on it was the smoke. For sure, it can be nothing else. So what can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them.”

The 20-time grand slam champion said he understood the players’ frustrations and that communication between tournament officials and competitors was the key to another happy slam. “I don’t think I can do more than what I did,” Federer said. “I’m on the council. I’ve been on the tour for so long. I came through the lower ranks, the juniors. At the end of the day, we all care for one another.”
 

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Please win this Australian Open 2020, Rafa.

If anyone deserves a Double Career Grand Slam (DCGS), it is Rafa. He has been very unlucky at this event. He was up a break in the fifth set in the AO 2012 final, was a favorite in the 2014 final against Wawrinka who never won a match against Rafa up until then, was up a break in the fifth set in the AO 2017 final.

It is time to win Australian Open again. Vamos.
 
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