Nadal feared injury would force him to quit

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  1. 8PAQ

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  2. norcal

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    I hope that heals completely. I am really looking forward to a Fed/Nadal rivalry. Nadal gives Fed fits.
     
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    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:-(
    Want him to get better soon:(
     
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  5. Shabazza

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    more economical play is the key word - let's see how he manages to do that without effecting his aggressive playstyle - I really want him to be injury free this year!
     
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    I dont want to see him lose his own unique style though. The running all out for evey ball like no other player, the enthusiasm and passion he has for every point, it would be sad to see him have to not play that way anymore.
     
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    When Bill Norris, head ATP trainer was asked what percentage of ATP players were injury-free, he answerered
    0%.

    Nadal must be terrified of what might happen when he starts to play his first match back.

    Poor guy. I hope he is pain-free and healed completely when he comes back.
     
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  8. VictorS.

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    I don't know how much we should read into this. Nadal is a young guy and has probably never really experienced any kind of serious injuries in his career. Therefore, it's only natural that he's a bit fearful in regards to his career prospects.
     
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  9. Nancy

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    Nadal had that same left foot injury in 2004. So that's why I was quite afraid about the issue of that same injury coming back last fall, after Madrid. It was serious since he was out of court for more than 3 months. I really do hope that he will have good results in Marseille. Even if he does not win, loosing in the 2nd or 3rd round would be awful for his moral. And most of all, if he goes far in this tournament, I hope he will not feel pain in his foot, because that would not be a could sign. The kind of injury he had was not a banal one. I wish him good luck !

    Nancy (Montreal)
     
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    I thought you guys hated nadal:!! uumm I was misunformed:???:
     
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    Oops.....my mistake. I forgot Nadal did experience a broken foot a few years ago. I take it back, his concerns are definitely warranted.
     
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    Here's to Nadal fully healthy from this injury. Great kid.
     
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    i hope he gets back in full shape
     
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    It's a shame that he is injured so bad but it was predictable with his grinding style. the longevity of Agassi proves that the most economical style is baseline offensive game, with control of the center of the court, at all times.
     
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    Just because we are Federer fans it doesn't mean we hate Nadal. It is pretty obvious that tennis is more exciting with Nadal around even if his style of game is not appealing to everyone.
     
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    Whatever it is, its only a matter of short time before he gets reinjured. His game is all about physical effort. Too bad, he is lots of fun to watch and great for the sport.
     
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    Nadal:

    "They have made new soles for my shoes and changed the supports for my
    foot, and that seems to be working because I don't have the same kind
    of pain as before."

    Hm, this seems like plantar fasciitis to me, but haven't seen any clear diagnosis. If you remember, Fed had PF last year during the first half of the year.

    This is curable, with good shoes and supports.

    More difficult to treat would be his knee problems, hope they don't show up again.
     
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  19. VamosRafa

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    Full interview, as translated by nou.amic. This has been a rough time for Rafa -- rougher than we thought:

    From El Mundo Deportivo

     
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    his injury totaly sux! gahhhhh! nadal is one of the most entertaining players i've seen in awhile. I hope he gets over his injury...is there any surgery available to cure his ailment?
     
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    Thank you, VamosRafa, for the latest interview.

    "joint inflammation in the foot" this might be tougher than PF.

    Haven't heard too frequently about it lately, not in the foot.

    I don't think things like that are operable. You just need to let it heal.
     
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  22. Shabazza

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    as long as it isn't too serious it is curable but if it gets really worse it can't be healed by an operation...the only way is rest and precaution - that's why I can understand his decision for not playing AO (the surface isn't easy on the feet)
    furthermore, with the way he is playing he stress his feet way to much, as a worst case scenario it could become chronic, which means his career would be practical over - he needs to do some adjustment to his playstyle imo, but it's difficult...
     
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    BTW, Marius, I think you and a couple other folks here suggested that we update the VR page. We are working on that, and it's been tons of fun. Still a work in progress, but we are saving articles to the new format at the moment.

    Here's a sample page, with the interview posted above:

    http://www.vamosrafael.com/5078/with_flash/html/article1.html
     
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    Seems like a very balanced interview for someone that young. The guy has a good head on his shoulders.
     
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    Susan - What did I TELL you about the injuries, and yet you poo pooed me. ANYONE with that type of style is going to rip their body to shred, and Nadal, being heavier than most tennis players, puts himself at even more at risk.

    I hope he comes back 100% because I want to see him challenge Federer (and ultimately LOSE in doing so), but if he has to adjust his breakneck get-every-ball style, which was, really, his bread and butter, then he's done for it-at least as a top 5 player. And his 2005 performance will be a minor footnote in tennis history.
     
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    Could be. I hope you're wrong.
     
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    Let's hope the changes made on the shoe (sneaker) soles helps to take care of the pain problem. Science has made a lot of progress in the area of sports fitness. I'm hoping we get Nadal back soon, and that all is ok.

    John
     
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  28. VamosRafa

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    Yes, but you said he'd never win a hardcourt event, and even had some doubts about whether he'd dominate on clay. And you poo poed me when I said otherwise.

    So we shall see. But I think this is not all she wrote re Rafa Nadal. ;-)
     
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    That is really unlucky of Nadal to suffer foot injuries. There are other fast players that dont seem to get injured that way, I'm thinking of Chang and Hewitt, and they are (was for Chang) hardcourt players.
     
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    Missing Australia and spotting Roger a 200 point lead right away probably kills any chance Nadal had to be 1 this year, it just wont happen for sure now IMO. So best to focus on having the best year possable and staying 2 as he said, but most important staying healthy. If he has a more consistent year in the slams than last year, and does so well again in Masters events, and plays the year-end Masters, he could set himself up to challenge for 1 possably next year.
     
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    Aww that is the sweetest thing i've ever heard!!
    It's moving that he cried when he saw Roger cry!! While their fans are going at it, they seem to have respect and some kind of friendship between them!!
     
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    What a sensitive lot these tennis players. Always crying. Man, do I miss Connors & McEnroe.
     
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    Roger Federer won in Melbourne. What did you feel when you saw him crying desconsolately at the presentation of the trophies ceremony?
    I also began to cry, I cried a lot. He really had to make an effort to win the tournament, he had to go through difficult moments. I know what it is to win a Grand Slam with all the pressure on you such as I had at Roland Garros. There's a sudden release of tension, you burst into tears and you can't control it, it happened to me in Paris and it happened to Roger in Melbourne.

    I started crying just reading that.
     
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    to play like nadal does with as far as he was going in tournies even on the hard courts those types of injuries are always going to happen. I can bet you anything this foot thing will go away but because of the new soles he will get hurt in his knees, back or ankle. Trust me. You can't change the bodies mechanics that easily without getting hurt again.
     
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    It will be interesting too see, especially on hardcourts.I hope this injury doesnt affect his play:confused: , i think Nadal is good for the game.
     
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    Seeing the tribulations of Nadal and hopefully his triumph over them makes him much more interesting to follow, imo.
    I do hope he limits his schedule so he can play all the Masters series, and still accumulate enough points for his top 8 ranking.

    His athleticism was great to watch last year, but hopefully he will balance that with maturity... He has to learn about the importance of warming up and taking care of his body more... which he has always taken for granted.

    But the game is better with someone playing his style to be in the draw for Federer to have to think about possibly having to play. I am sure there are many others he would prefer to play, even on a hardcourt.

    So, if anything, this injury has wisened him to the demands of the pro level of the sport and gained him some fans for how openly and honestly he dealt with it. vamos raffy!
     
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    Some time ago, while playing college tennis, I suffered a similar injury, essentially strained (not even torn) ligaments in the foot. The only thing, and I mean only thing, that enabled it to heal completely was rest. For an injury that seemed so minor, it was incredibly frustrating because although I could walk without pain or barely even any discomfort, any kind of moderately explosive movement that placed stress on the foot was excruciatingly painful. The problem was knowing when the injury had healed enough to even try to play again. It took me about 8 months to be fully healed, and for the next two years the mental aspect of feeling confident that I wouldn't re-injure the foot was a major factor. I'm rooting for you Nadal.
     
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  38. Shabazza

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    I second that!
     
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    I really fear for the longetivity of Nadal's career. I love his game, he's also so charismatic and mentally tough on the court. But I'm afraid he won't be able to grind too long before injuries take over his career.
     
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    Is there any truth to the rumor that Nadal will be wearing a kilt this year at the French Open?
     
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