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With a surface that suits his game, all servebots out by 2nd round, draw in ruins, average baseliners making 2nd week, should Nadal have played USO?

Sure, he did not have to because he will keep his 2019 points but what about winning the damn title? Could be at 20-20-17, with a chance to win RG to pass for 21, could have been GOAT within weeks, at least with an argument
 

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Difficult to say, he went on the safe side.
 

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What average baseliners?

And why would those servebots have troubled Rafa?

Cmon now.

And no, I'd see him getting smashed by this Novak.
 

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Yes but he knew he couldn't beat Djokovic so he ran away like he usual does. He'd rather skip a major than lose 22 consecutive sets vs Djokovic on hc.
 
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It would've made the tournament more interesting for sure, but I understand him. So no.
 

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Proximity of RG must have been an important factor in his decision. If he overexerted or injured himself on HC he would regret it so much. He did what he did, maybe after RG it will be easier to judge.
 

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I think he made the wise, albeit boring choice. If he played the us open, he would've increased his risk of injury, tired himself out, and had less practice on clay. All of these things reduce his chances in Roland Garros.

The upside of playing is that he gets a crack at defending his us open title, and gets some match practice. But the likelihood of the former and the usefulness of the latter are probably not too great.
 

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Without getting in to reasons.....YES
 

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I think he made the wise, albeit boring choice. If he played the us open, he would've increased his risk of injury, tired himself out, and had less practice on clay. All of these things reduce his chances in Roland Garros.

The upside of playing is that he gets a crack at defending his us open title, and gets some match practice. But the likelihood of the former and the usefulness of the latter are probably not too great.
Increased the risk of injury and tired himself out after a 6-month break? But I agree that it's all about clay for Clay Specialist and that he had zero chance of winning the USO. He knows that too so he was never even considering defending his title.
 
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Yes, you miss all shots you do not take. USO is one of Rafa's most successful tournaments in his career and he has 50% success rate here in the last 10 years, winning 4 times out of 8 times played, since 2010. Based on what I saw so far, the new laykold surface on Ashe and Armstrong courts is not playing much faster than the old decoturf. Maybe, the outer courts are faster. The pace is more or less the same on the main courts, at least to my eyes.

What worse would have happened, if he had played? He would have lost, but it would not have altered his status quo - no gain, no loss. A chance flushed down the toilet.
 

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I guess we will never know.

If he wins RG - then some will say he could have won two, some will say it's thanks to the fact he preserved energy for RG (count me in that group).

If he doesn't win RG - then some will say he missed the other opportunity, some will say he wouldn't win it anyway cause he weren't good enough on his fav surface.

My subjective opinion is - that was a good decision. Rafa is not very young anymore and he must take some difficult decisions and choose how to manage his calendar in order to maximise his chances for more slam wins.
 

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Yes, you miss all shots you do not take. USO is one of Rafa's most successful tournaments in his career and he has 50% success rate here in the last 10 years, winning 4 times out of 8 times played, since 2010. Based on what I saw so far, the new laykold surface on Ashe and Armstrong courts is not playing much faster than the old decoturf. Maybe, the outer courts are faster. The pace is more or less the same on the main courts, at least to my eyes.

What worse would have happened, if he had played? He would have lost, but it would not have altered his status quo - no gain, no loss. A chance flushed down the toilet.
Yeah even if he made QF and lost or something at least he got some matches in. But I guess he must prioritize clay only and perhaps Euro indoor to finally win a YEC
 

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Definitely miss him in the draw.

It's fine. Couldn't imagine him playing in an empty Ashe anyway during the night session.
 

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Oh, but he was 'terrified' about the health situation, and had to 'do the responsible thing' by staying away. You're forgetting the official reason why he isn't playing!

I think he did the right thing for him, I don't know why he didn't just tell the truth.
Exactly, Nadal's official reason is that he is deadly scared of traveling outside Manacor because of the Corona virus.
 
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