Is Nadal's career coming to an end?

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  1. Headshotterer

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    "RAFAEL Nadal was warned about this.

    He was 19 when a foot injury gave him hell.

    He pulled up a pew in his doctor's office and awaited the diagnosis. He was told his career was finished.

    Nadal wept.

    A congenital disease had deformed his tarsal scaphoid, the bridge of his foot. His father, Sebastian, advocated a change of profession. Nadal could hit a golf ball to kingdom come and Sebastian believed Mark Twain's idea of a good walk spoiled would spare his son's body of the jarring impact of tennis.

    A second round of medical advice was sought. Nadal was informed a comeback was possible if he wore drastically modified shoes with special orthotics to divert pressure away from the bone in his foot.

    The cost would be significant: his knees and/or hips and/or back would eventually buckle under the additional shock-absorbing stresses.

    He decided to worry about the complications at a later date. As of his withdrawal from the US Open this week, the later date has officially arrived. "I am very sad," Nadal said while confirming the US Open would be run and won without him.

    The doctor said he could not understand how he could still play. Now we train less. In 2005, we thought we might be here for two more years. Now it is 2012 and we are still here.

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    7 years ago, Nadal suffered what should have been a career ending injury. But this did not deter Nadal. He was destined for fame, greatness and magnificence. But has time finally caught up to him? I think so. I find it unlikely that he would just happen to get a stomach virus RIGHT before he was supposed to resume playing.

    Honestly for me, it is a pleasure to watch him play. His competitiveness, fighting spirit, humbleness and persistence serves as an example of what a real, true human being should be.
     
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  2. monfed

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    This is hilarious. Absolutely not! Ralph will come all guns blazing in RG,just you watch!
     
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  3. Steve0904

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    Yes I think it's coming to an end, but I think he'll play again. Technically you could say every players career is coming to an end at some point ;)
     
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  4. dudeski

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    Everyone is overreacting. Nadal is simply waiting for clay court season to come back. He might start by beating bunch of nobodies in Latin America to play himself into shape. Nadal is simply too scared to come back on hard courts. Its all about mind games with that guy.

    I don't think he is on a silent ban. He simply wants to come back and get on a winning streak on clay to get his confidence back. Stomach flu is just a lame excuse.
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Well of course, because broke knees and stomach viruses don't happen during the clay season.
     
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  6. monfed

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    Yup,as if Ralph would just give up on his mission of overtaking Fed's slam count when he can rack up RGs left n right and is still perfectly capable of winning a couple of Wimbys and nick an AO.
     
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  7. Mike Sams

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    No more Wimbys, sorry. Definitely more RGs though.
     
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  8. smoledman

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    It's not an overreaction. When did Nadal ever miss 2 consecutive grand slams across 7 months like this before? He's finished. Heck any victories Federer posts on Nadal in 2013 will not feel the same.
     
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  9. monfed

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    Couldn't help mentioning that could you,Lolville? :lol:
     
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  10. dudeski

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    Oh please. Nadal will probably have the best clay court season of his career in 2013 because in addition to sweeping in Europe he will win in Latin America. He can do that because he will be super rested while others will be tired from hard courts. I am telling you, Nadal wants to come back on a winning note and he knows he would lose in AO to someone low ranked. Nadal wants to come back by having another crazy long clay court winning streak.
     
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  11. dudeski

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    If he is jackson vile then he sure spent a lot of effort pretending to be Federer's fan.
     
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  12. smoledman

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    I am not Jackson Vile.
     
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  13. dudeski

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    I don't think you are. I mean why would you spend so many months pretending to like Federer and then don't even take advantage of Federer losing to Djokovic at WTF? Like what else could you be waiting for? Rosol to beat Federer? LOL
     
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    There is no logic to the trolls on this forum. They are insane idiots and I expect to be banned any moment due to their influence.
     
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    Borg quit at the same age as Nadal when he was 26 he also won 11 slams just like Nadal. I think something personal is going on with Nadal, I don't think it is just because he has a stomach virus. Remember, in 2009, Nadal's parents were having marital problems and compounded with losing to Soderling he lost his confidence. Nadal needed time to recover. I believe Nadal has the knee problem which is physical but he might also be going through something emotionally in his life as well. Perhaps, Nadal has a psychological problem which compounds with his physical injury?
     
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    I'm pretty sure he's not Jackson_Vile. They aren't similar at all.
     
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  17. Mike Sams

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    I think the Rosol loss broke his will.
     
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  18. monfed

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    I apologise for the LOLville mention, when you said that Fed's potential wins against Ralph in the 2013 season wouldn't count for anything,didn't quite sit well with me. So *******'s wins against Prime Nadal shouldn't count? Why is that?
     
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  19. dudeski

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    I don't think we can call 2013 Nadal prime unless we also call 2008 Fed prime which he obviously wasn't anymore. 2013 Nadal = 2008 Fed age wise. Of course 2013 Nadal is much closer to prime than 2013 Fed so any loses to Federer would be truly embarrassing.
     
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  20. zagor

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    Nah, you shouldn't apologize.

    But here I'll explain his logic, given that Fed fans excuse Fed losses in 2008 and beyond as Fed being past his best we should apply the same to Nadal in 2013 (as he will be the same age Fed was in 2008 ).

    However, where his logic fails (as it always inevitably does) is that Nadal was 21-22 in 2008 and had the best period of his career in 2008-2010 while Fed will be 31-32 in 2013 with his best days being long behind him so Nadal's potential losses against Fed in his 30s should still very much count.
     
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    Smoledman may not exactly be JV but he is no Fed fan. He let his true colors slip a few days ago.
     
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  22. zagor

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    @Dudeski, here are some of your supposed fellow Fed fan's threads:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=432995

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=431802

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=441587

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=448449

    Oh and the most recent jinx thread:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=449294

    There was also a recent deleted post where he was completely gloating about Fed crying at 2009, how ****s (he used that term) will never be able to live that down due to internet, how it's the most embarrassing moment in tennis history and similar.

    Believe what you will but if he's a Fed fan then I'm Chuck Norris posting on TW.
     
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  23. syc23

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    Will Nike dump Nadal if he does choose to only play 2 slams every year going forward? I'm sure they're not thrilled that he chose to skip USO and now AO.
     
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  24. dudeski

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    Maybe you are right. It's just so weird that he
    put so much effort into pretending to be Federer's fan just so that his trolling later on has more credibility. JV is like Keyser Soze of trolls.
     
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  25. Clarky21

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    You do reallize that Nadal's gear makes a lot of money for Nike, right? Last I heard, he's their biggest seller in tennis. Dumping him would make zero financial sense for them.
     
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  26. Phoenix1983

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    Nadal is the modern-day Borg. He just can't take it past his mid-20s.
     
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    Nike will never drop Rafa. He has great star power regardless of his results.
     
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    they've kept serena how long and she doesn't play much more than 2 slams a year. the kept 'pova when she was on the shelf for almost a year and it was unclear if she'd ever be able to play at a very high level again.

    but you're right. if we know anything about nadal it's that he's so uncommitted to the game that he'll skip slams on a whim. :rolleyes:
     
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    Nike is branching into pharmaceuticals and will market The Rafatabs, a potent attapulgite so pros will not skip GS events.
     
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    These days Nadal dumps on his Nike:)
     
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    They will if he is ever exposed as a doper by some outside investigation as in the Armstrong case. They would have no choice.
     
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    No they would only drop him if he was exposed publicly as a doper.
     
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    he won't, so stop dreaming.
     
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    I never thought that they would end up getting Armstrong even though I believed he was as guilty as sin for years so never say never. I doubt any big tennis name will be exposed but you don't know for sure.
     
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    maybe his foot injury was from training too hard too early
     
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  36. Magnus

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    It'd be a blessing for tennis. Sadly it won't happen.
     
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  37. vive le beau jeu !

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    hey magnus, what happened to your thread of the other day ?

    i didn't have the time to post my suggestion of nomination for the most intelligent and unbiased poster... ;)




    .... venomiquem ?
     
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  38. Vrad

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    Why would it be a blessing? Nadal has been a very positive influence in tennis, and losing him would only be bad for the sport.

    The only reason it would be a blessing is if the drug abuse rumors are true. Otherwise having Nadal on the tour helps everyone.
     
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  39. heninfan99

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    I hope not. It would be a HUGE void in tennis. He's one of the greatest competitors in all of sports and probably the 2nd most popular in tennis history. I must have seen thousands of kids with florescent Nike gear & yellow Babolats because of him. AND horrible top spin wannabees everywhere(including me)!
     
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  40. pound cat

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    His tennis career will get back into full swing when the clay court season begins.

    He's no t ready to pick up the pro. golf clubs quite yet. That will happen in about 7 years time.
     
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    Unless a miracle occurs, this will not happen.
     
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  42. veroniquem

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    Says Nostradamus :lol:
     
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    Wait and see for yourself.
     
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  44. veroniquem

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    will do.


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    I believe Mr. Nadal is already diversifying his future options, including..

    [​IMG]
     
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    You guys would love that, wouldn't you? Yeah, no.

    He'll be back.
     
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  47. Clarky21

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    He looks like a wax figure in that picture. It's just awful.
     
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    Next thing we read will be "Rosol found in his house hanged" with a message nearby: "How many Titles can Nadal Win 8+ Times?"
     
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    hahahahahah....:twisted::)...
     
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