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tennisaddict
10-19-2012, 04:11 PM
Back in the 90's , you had the famous Clay court specialist Spaniards who would win French or go deep in the tournament. Then they will not even play at Wimbledon , since they will not be ranked higher there. They will skip or if the play lose in the first or second round. Infact you will not hear about them till the next French open.

Will Nadal operate on the same mode, playing only on clay and skip all hard courts to take care of his knee and prolong his career , not really caring about the rankings ?

Is it possible that Nadal wins French and gets exempt from hard court masters and other slams without penalty ? In the worst case, he can just tank them.

What do you think ?

Prisoner of Birth
10-19-2012, 04:24 PM
Back in the 90's , you had the famous Clay court specialist Spaniards who would win French or go deep in the tournament. Then they will not even play at Wimbledon , since they will not be ranked higher there. They will skip or if the play lose in the first or second round.

Will Nadal operate on the same mode, playing only on clay and skip all hard courts to take care of his knee and prolong his career , not really caring about the rankings ?

Is it possible that Nadal wins French and gets exempt from hard court masters and other slams without penalty ? In the worst case, he can just tank them.

What do you think ?

I think "No."

PeteD
10-19-2012, 04:40 PM
You're right -- off clay, these guys never posed a threat to anyone

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3134/2574196229_3a5127ca58.jpg

Mustard
10-19-2012, 04:54 PM
You're right -- off clay, these guys never posed a threat to anyone

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3134/2574196229_3a5127ca58.jpg

The guy on the left is a Brazilian ;)

That Brazilian also won the 2000 Masters Cup (now World Tour Finals) and 2001 Cincinnati.

Even the Spaniard on the right won 2002 Cincinnati, reached the 1997 Australian Open final and the semi finals of the 1998 US Open.

tennisaddict
02-27-2013, 04:17 AM
Thread bump...

ManFed
02-27-2013, 06:53 AM
Moya was not a threat at all on hard court not even AO. When he reached the final, Petros kicked his *** real bad and playing more than half of the games from the baseline.

Mustard
02-27-2013, 06:56 AM
Moya was not a threat at all on hard court not even AO. When he reached the final, Petros kicked his *** real bad and playing more than half of the games from the baseline.

At the 1997 Australian Open, Moya beat defending champion, Becker, and beat Chang, both big upsets. Okay, Moya lost the final pretty badly, but to say that he wasn't a threat at all on hardcourt is incorrect.

Murrayfan31
02-27-2013, 06:58 AM
Nadal is just a better version of the 90's Spaniard.

zam88
02-27-2013, 07:00 AM
if i were nadal i wouldn't play another tournament off of a natural surface.

IF he could get his knee back to 80%, you could have a really nice career just winning a couple clay masters a year and RG for the next 2-4 years.

Other than pride, i can't see any reason why this wouldn't be a really great plan.

mariecon
02-27-2013, 07:03 AM
He certainly has the knees of a 90 year old Spaniard. :twisted:

Devilito
02-27-2013, 08:01 AM
Nadal has always been a 90s Spaniard. The only difference now is that the courts suit that game style more

ViscaB
02-27-2013, 07:33 PM
Nadal has always been a 90s Spaniard. The only difference now is that the courts suit that game style more

I read an interview with Sergi Bruguera the other day. He said he was glad he was not in Rafa's era. As he would have stood no chance.

Rafa will not skip Wimbledon unless he's injured. The grass is good on his knees and he's a Wimbledon legend.

MasturB
02-27-2013, 08:10 PM
Are you suggesting he implement a silent ban on all non-clay court events?

Clay lover
02-27-2013, 09:10 PM
Well, he is much more accomplished than any spaniard on non-dirt surfaces, so I think he will still have the confidence to go for the big non-clay titles.

Are people serious when they say Nadal has in fact been a 90's spaniard? Forget about his non-clay titles, does his clay resume shout out "90's Spaniard" to anyone? No Spaniard has ever come close to his achievements on clay.

Major
02-27-2013, 09:44 PM
if i were nadal i wouldn't play another tournament off of a natural surface.

IF he could get his knee back to 80%, you could have a really nice career just winning a couple clay masters a year and RG for the next 2-4 years.

Other than pride, i can't see any reason why this wouldn't be a really great plan.


This is what I would do if I were him. Strictly clay and grass.

tacou
02-28-2013, 03:28 AM
He shouldn't skip hc altogether but playing 1 hc tournament between December and July is a great schedule for Nadal.

After a long Wimbledon rest, play Canada/Cinci/USO then essentially hang it up for the season

tennisaddict
02-28-2013, 03:41 AM
Gulbis quotes are relevant here after his poor loss to Falla in 2010 -

Nothing worked. I was just running like a Spanish player standing on the baseline and pushing the ball back. Women's tennis.

YouCantBeSerious
02-28-2013, 04:57 AM
Well, he is much more accomplished than any spaniard on non-dirt surfaces, so I think he will still have the confidence to go for the big non-clay titles.

Are people serious when they say Nadal has in fact been a 90's spaniard? Forget about his non-clay titles, does his clay resume shout out "90's Spaniard" to anyone? No Spaniard has ever come close to his achievements on clay.
I think by "90's Spaniard" they simply mean clay specialist with no chances on other surfaces, which is obviously an exaggeration.