Nadal comeback brought forward - now Brazil

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  1. batz

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  2. joeri888

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    Good news for his fans. I wonder if this is a sign he'll focus on the clay season more and more (with Wimbledon too of course) and leave hardcourts alone for most of the year.

    I guess he should. Maybe should have done it years ago, if he wants to walk around healthy in his 40s.

    Schedule like

    (NO HC EXHIBITIONS!)Doha
    AO
    Sao Paolo
    Acapulco

    Monte Carlo
    Barcelona
    Madrid
    Rome
    Roland Garros
    Queens/Halle
    Wimbledon

    Cincinnati
    US Open

    Davis Cup home ties.
     
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    Almagro won't be amused!
     
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    Well I suppose that is it. He looks as if he is going to concentrate on clay
     
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  5. Alchemy-Z

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    I do miss him at the AO....but tournaments like this is what he needs to play to knock the rust off before stepping on a Slam court.

    Looking forward to the come back
     
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  6. vive le beau jeu !

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    nice try to win a 2nd 'indoor' title... :rolleyes:

    ... but hopefully he'll lose early in almagrolandia.
     
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    At least he's got some time to conjure up a good excuse to withdraw from this one!
     
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    agree with most...not sure what the requirements are, not sure when the "federer rules" kick in for him...i would only add, skip barcelona..yes obviously it would be a home tournament but he has madrid and those home dc ties if he wants them but he's certainly given enough to barcelona...fans should understand..has to avoid two weeks in a row other than majors....wimby is getting moved back, correct?, so that would make the grass tune-up better, but right now i would roll the dice (and i know grass is tricky, though not like it used to be) and not play a tune-up...yes yes, rosol, but rafa simply has to trust he can work his way into a tourney with less matches..and i'm not sure if you're suggesting he skip everything after us open but dc?...no reason if earlier season is managed he should skip wtf, he certainly wants to win one...and shanghai has a break before and after...that's certainly a possibility but nothing else in asia
     
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  9. Bartelby

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    I think the rules permit him only to miss one Masters.
     
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    Take the fine and 0 pointer. Or, get a doctor to qualify him as unfit to play on hardcourts.
     
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  11. Relinquis

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    he should play as few as he needs to in order to keep healthy and manage his injuries.

    tennis needs him on tour for a few more years, we already lost Roddick. Hewitt is still playing, Rafa should be able to if he is smart about his health.

    still, it would be good to see him at Wimbledon, US open and WTF this year (and Aussie Open next year).
     
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    Watson: Don't talk nonsense!

    (The excuse was prepared 3 months in advance).
     
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  13. tacou

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    for Rio 2016?
     
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  14. joeri888

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    Rio is on hardcourts, but perhaps he wants to adjust to the time zone, food and temperature in february there.

    Anyway, it's great if he comes back. I fully expect him to win that tournament.
     
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  15. vive le beau jeu !

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  16. RAFA2005RG

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    Nadal is going to F you up this year like 2010.
     
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  17. RAFA2005RG

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    Wrong. Rules permit players to provide medical certificates if they are going to miss Masters events. No problem there, Nadal has constant issues and can get a certificate at the drop of a hat. Plus its not even questionable, as we all know he has tendinitis and that doesn't go away completely ever.
     
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  18. Clarky21

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    Meh. I'll be shocked if he actually shows up, and if he does, he's going to lose badly. Not sure why he chose this tournament over Chile.
     
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    I know why you'll be shocked.....because you didn't even know that Nadal was going to win Roland Garros in 2012. You also didn't think Nadal was going to beat Federer at 2012 Australian Open. And now you say Nadal is going to lose badly ON CLAY :lol: Tennis clearly isn't your thing....
     
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    If he pulls out of this tournament, I am going to turn into a raging nadal-hater.

    Just comeback already, Ralph!
     
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  21. SwankPeRFection

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    Nadal will be attending Challengers pretty soon. :p
     
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    Maybe so. That's the only way he's ever going to win anything ever again.
     
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    That's how I feel man. This is the last time for me.
     
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  24. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    Is Brazil going to be a permanent tournament in Nadal's calendar? If so, looks like Nadal will surpass federer's title count pretty soon... and if Nadal played it for enough years he could win yet another title 6+ times, 7+ times or even 8+ times (if Nadal plays for that long, which I think he will). This is shaping up to be one of my favourite seasons of all time. :p
     
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  25. Crisstti

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    Guys, please, get over yourselves. If you like him, then just support him when he plays. Is it so hard really?.
     
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    I'm not surprised Clarky21 isn't supporting Nadal, because Clarky21 never supports Nadal. Clarky21 is a Djokovic fan. And Clarky21 is always wrong and never right.

    I'm more excited at the prospect of Nadal winning at least 7 clay-court titles this year. If that happens, Nadal will win the most titles in 2013. :p
     
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  28. Towser83

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    I too look forward to Nadal being reduced to playing loads of minor tournaments that no other top player would consider playing :)
     
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    You will wait for him as long as it takes and like it!
     
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    You mean like the now defunct(thankfully)Serbian Open? :lol:
     
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    Kinda hard to support him when he plays considering he never does.
     
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  33. RAFA2005RG

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    But Ferrer already plays these clay events... Its what you do if you are great on clay. Just like Dubai is what you play if you are a hardcourter.
     
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    2013 is fast turning into my most favourite season of all-time. Now that the useless GOAT-debate is out of the way, :) Rafa :) can focus on what was his long-time goal all along: kick Almagro out of the top 10, so that when Ferrer finally retires, :) Rafa :) will be the only world-class Spanish player left on tour and he will be able to go for the one and only true slam, the CYSACMTGS (calendar year South-American clay mini-tournament grand slam), becoming the only man in world history to have won it.

    NSK mode OFF
     
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    So you wait. And support him when he plays. My post wasn't really directed at you, but at people talking as if putting some kind of deadline.
     
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    Websters dictionary defines 'vulturing' as tennis players who play insignificant smaller tournaments to artificially boost title counts and ranking points.
     
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    I've waited long enough. And if some fans are tired of waiting and being jerked around and decide ditch him then they're free to do so.
     
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    I can guarantee all of you complainers who used to be hard core Nadal fans will still be hard core Nadal fans when he comes back and will accept whatever excuses he makes, defend him and cheer for him. Stop pretending.
     
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    They're free to do so and I'm free to say: get over yourselves. Nadal owes you nothing. Whenever he plays, you'll probably still support him... stop the whining already.
     
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    I never said I was going to ditch him, but if some fans do then they can do as they please. Not everyone likes being pulled every which way.

    And fans don't owe Nadal support, either. No fans=a whole lot less $$$$. That hits Nadal where he lives.
     
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  41. ruerooo

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    Is it really? I think this person was talking about the Olympics.

    If it is, I'd really be incredulous – especially given that the country's most prominent tennis hero won the majority of his fame on the red stuff.
    Weird.
     
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  42. joeri888

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    I was talking about the olympics, and just kidding, because there's nothing to adjust to in Sao Paolo for olympics in rio.
     
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  43. Crisstti

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    Those "ditching" threats come from the logic you yourself described.

    Fans don't support a player because they want to help him make money. They get something out of watching him, simple as that.
     
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    self-abuse is legendary
     
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    Self-abuse? Lol, not hardly.
     
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    i searched for an official announcement on rio courts and can't find it...rumored but i don't see it, do you have it?
     
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    totally, completely freakish and sad...a mental health professional's dream..most of this board is but you're king/queen
     
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  48. Clarky21

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    Maybe not but I doubt Nadal would be where he is without fan support. You need fans to buy tickets and the junk these dudes get paid to sponsor to make them amount to anything financially.

    It's also kind of funny considering Nadal isn't even fan friendly. They perturb him more than anything.
     
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  49. Chanwan

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    If that is truly the case, then why haven't Rafa played them since 2005?
    Answer: Because they are minor tournaments, less prestigeful than Dubai etc. AND Rafa has traditionally needed rest in this month.
    Now, he needs match practice and this is the best place to ease into the season - it's clay and him and Ferrer are pretty much the only top-10 players present in those tournaments.
     
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  50. tennis_badger

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    we've all heard about his supposedly come back date only for him to withdraw in the last minute. I'll believe it when he actually steps in court
     
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