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"I think he is still working hard. He is doing all the right things, he is just not playing as well," said the American legend of the Spanish star who saw his world ranking slip to a 10-year low after losing his French Open title in June.

"It just seems like anxiety is creeping in, he seems a little bit nervous, he's hitting a lot of short balls.

"Guys don't fear him as much and it's tough to play defence out there. Mentally and physically he's been out there a while and it's taking its toll.

"When Rafa struggles, I think he feels like his career is over. But he'll be fine, he'll get back to where he once was."

And that's coming from a guy probably not wanting Rafa to win any more slams (they are tied on 14).
 

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"I think he is still working hard. He is doing all the right things, he is just not playing as well," said the American legend of the Spanish star who saw his world ranking slip to a 10-year low after losing his French Open title in June.

"It just seems like anxiety is creeping in, he seems a little bit nervous, he's hitting a lot of short balls.

"Guys don't fear him as much and it's tough to play defence out there. Mentally and physically he's been out there a while and it's taking its toll.

"When Rafa struggles, I think he feels like his career is over. But he'll be fine, he'll get back to where he once was."

And that's coming from a guy probably not wanting Rafa to win any more slams (they are tied on 14).
Federer said the same earlier this year. I will believe it when I see it. Still he's better than those outside top 10 but a good opponent can take advantage.
 

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He also said something about how when he was at Nadal's age he still felt he was the best player in the world while he thinks Nadal hasn't got that confidence.
 

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No chance Nadal "gets back to where he once was". The decline is real and has been ongoing for over a year. It's only going to get worse.
 

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Remember when Rafa couldn't win a set at the 2009 World Tour Finals because his forehand was too short and too soft :eek:
That was PRIME Rafa.
Its funny how people still have no awareness of the role confidence plays in Rafa's game :lol:
Born yesterday I guess....
 

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Remember when Rafa couldn't win a set at the 2009 World Tour Finals because his forehand was too short and too soft :eek:
That was PRIME Rafa.
Its funny how people still have now awareness of the role confidence plays in Rafa's game :lol:
Not JUST WTF now, but even on clay and hard court. There's no getting around that.
 

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Lol. That last sentence is a contradicition to basically everything he said before in the interview.

What is he saying about Rafa in that interview:
- anxiety
- nervous
- short balls
- opponents don't fear him anymore
- worse defender
- mentally and physically done
- feels his career is over

That's a devastating statement. But nothing but the truth.
 

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Sampras comparing current Nadal to his 2001 self. :superlol:

Whether Nadal will come back to win his final slam remains to be seen. Things are not really going that way, clay competition increased (Wawrinka, Murray, Djokovic, probably even Nishikori better than him on the surface this year), not mentioning other surfaces.
 

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I'm just glad Rafa isn't playing as badly as 2009.
I wouldn't be surprised if Rafa wins a bunch of slams.
I think even his biggest doubters wouldn't be surprised, after all they've been through....
 

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I'm just glad Rafa isn't playing as badly as 2009.
I wouldn't be surprised if Rafa wins a bunch of slams.
I think even his biggest doubters wouldn't be surprised, after all they've been through....
No, we would be only surprised if you stopped your blatant trolling.
It's becoming really booooooooooring. :no:
 

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Yep he'll be back in diapers when he gets old, unless Sampras thought Nadal could get infected by the curious case of Benjamin Button.
 

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Remember when Rafa couldn't win a set at the 2009 World Tour Finals because his forehand was too short and too soft :eek:
That was PRIME Rafa.
Its funny how people still have no awareness of the role confidence plays in Rafa's game :lol:
Born yesterday I guess....
Speaking of forgetting...

Have you forgotten what it feels like to see Nadal win a relevant title?
 

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No he won't. Nadal is done.
 
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