Nadal OUT of US Open 2014

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  1. Anti-Fedal

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    Well Djokovic just pretty much has the year end No.1 locked up now I guess.
     
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  2. Federer302

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    The US Open is bigger than any player, most certainly Rafael Nadal.

    Grand slams have being going on for over 100 years and will carry on for many more.
     
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  3. Hitman

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    This is very unfortunate. After such a fantastic summer last year, he couldn't even step on court to defend even one of those titles he won. I was hoping he would be good to go, and at least give it a shot, but if this decision is going to prolong his career and prevent him from furthering injuring himself, then it is the right thing to do.

    Lets hope the tournament doesn't suffer too much from Rafa's absence. First Wimbledon, then the Olympics, and now US Open. Very unfortunate.
     
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  4. MichaelNadal

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    A sentiment I echo completely. That said, the men's tour is in shambles and the defending champion pulling out DOES leave a hole whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.
     
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  5. Russeljones

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    Why would I troll you with a post-Nadal win photo? You're reeling! :(
     
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  6. insideguy

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    Like I said its a crock of crap. There is something else going on. He and his camp are either to stupid to understand that he needs to skip some of these meaningless clay tournaments or they are just outright lying about this guys health. This isnt the first time this stuff has gone down.
     
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    Hold your horses, Federer's not going anywhere not to mention Djokovic's mental state is questionable at the moment.
     
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  8. rommil

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    It's not on clay, Rafa knows what to expect:(
     
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  9. MichaelNadal

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    What are you mad about?
     
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  10. Backspin1183

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    Yep. I knew he wasn't gonna play when they kept delaying the decision. A lot of people must have bought tickets hoping to see him in action. Novak camp must be happy with this news.
     
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  11. Nathaniel_Near

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    Exactly what I was thinking. The question was just odd, lol.


    Yes, Nadal not entering does leave a hole but it hardly makes the tournament hollow. Tennis carries on and the US Open can still be a great tournament with great story lines, great matches and a high level of play.
     
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  12. T1000

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    How? No one wants to watch nadal get blown off the court by some random we've never heard of then read a list of excuses about how he was hurt or season to long or goldfish died or whole tour should be clay and that his opponent didn't really win since he didn't play real tennis whatever that means
     
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  13. Hitman

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    Yes. Full agree. No one can replace Nadal, but in reality, they don't need to. There are still enough good players in that draw to make some blockbuster matches. And I am sure, we will certainly see some storyline develop as the draw comes out.
     
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  14. Anti-Fedal

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    Murray will be happy about this, he gets the No.8 seed.
     
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  15. Roddick85

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    Can't really say I'm surprised. The longer he was waiting, the less likely it was that he'd be at Flushing Meadows. One has to wonder thought, will he even come back this year? Nadal always disappears after the USO, healthy or not. We all know he dislikes the indoor season.

    Wouldn't be surprised if he takes the rest of the year off and comeback at the AO next year.
     
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  16. Federer302

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    I can understand the sentiment form a casual fan, but not a tennis fan. However the use of the word hollow is disgusting. That would be appropriate if the top 50 boycotted.

    I'll admit I am more interested in master events when the big players are playing. But Grand slams just no. I would rather watch Ginepri V Mayer in the US Open final than I would Federer V Nadal at Indian Wells.
     
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    Now watch him go on a miraculous run post comeback next year and then suddenly go missing again. For a guy with so many "tragedies" and "sufferings" he does manage to win a lot.

    I'm sadder Del Po is out.
     
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    ... unless he picks up a stomach virus a week before the tournament...
     
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  19. MichaelNadal

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    Good Lord, it feels hollow with the world #2 out. Of course the tournament will move on and there will still be great matches. That goes without saying. Every tournament without Nadal has gone off without a hitch. There's a void when the defending champion can't play, which should be clear that that's what I meant. Overreaction warehouse as always. My post was a reaction to a single posters response of celebrating the news.
     
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  20. victorcruz

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    This is upsetting. I'm not gonna say I won't watch, but I have no real interests in the outcome now :(

    WTF Rafa... go do the icebucket challenge now!!!!!!!!
     
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  21. Hitman

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    Let it go. Some people want to pick on Nadal no matter what he does.

    The Tennis will go on, and Rafa will return.

    Edit - Cena losing the championship last night, and Nadal relenquishing the championship only 12 hours later.
     
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    As I suspected. Nadal retreats in haste to protect his head to head figleaf now that he realises he can't brigdge the chasm. This is a sad way to approach a tennis career but strategically it makes sense I suppose. Retreat and wait for winter - I mean clay. Maybe he'll show up for the WTF - ... no?
     
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  23. MichaelNadal

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    Exactly what I mean. I'll watch for the matches and tennis, and root for Stan and Murray.
     
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  24. rommil

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    He's too injured to lift a bucket of ice
     
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  25. SQA333

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    No reason why the tournament can't be great without Rafa. Just look at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open for examples.
     
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  26. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    If Federer was out, I'd still have a huge interest in the outcome, and also I support many different players. But hey, perhaps that's just me.
     
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  27. MichaelNadal

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    He's definitely the John Cena of tennis ;)
     
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  28. NatF

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    ^^ This.

    I was personally at least as invested in Hewit's run last year as I was in Federer.
     
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  29. britam25

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    GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!!!!!!!

    FANTASTIC news, I suspected this all along, either because of a silent ban-it'll be interesting to see how long this "injury" lasts-or because he didn't wanna get his arse waxed again like he did at Wimbledon. Now I can really enjoy the men's side, and he ends yet another year without ever, EVER defending a non dirt title. GOAT candidate? SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-it....
     
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  30. Federer302

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    Of course, you are a tennis fan aren't you?

    The grand slams are the sports ultimate. I get excited just before a grand slams starts. Not because Federer is playing but because a grand slam is starting.
     
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  31. MichaelNadal

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    If Stan or Andy wins I'll be happy. Any other outcome and I'm like meh. But that's just me. I appreciate the tennis, but I'm not invested enough in any other player to feel any kind of way if they lose. That's why the tour sucks right now, I want to get behind others but no one is hooking me like Nadal did. I really hope that changes.
     
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    2012 US was boring as hell quality-wise. Nadal wouldn't make a difference if he played.

    Of course we had a couple of interesting storylines going on - Roddick's retirement, Murray's first Slam, Federer being seeded for the last time (as of August 2014) in a Slam and being upset by Berdych in the quarters.

    2013 AO was good but the final spoiled it all for me, a 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2 scoreline couldn't be further from a truth of how boring that match was.
     
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  33. Russeljones

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    Maybe it's not the tour. Maybe it's you. I find it hard to believe someone who supposedly loves the sport, can't be enthusiastic about more than one player.
     
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  34. NatF

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    Who did you used to support as well as Nadal? Roddick was it?
     
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  35. MichaelNadal

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    Bolieve it. I have others I like, but I only necessarily care when Nadal loses. I don't have a huge emotional attachment or let my day get ruined when they lose. @Nat, used to be Roddick and Safin. Now I like dolgo, Stan, Murray, Hewitt and Monfils.
     
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  36. Hitman

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    Hey, at least you have Venus. :)
     
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  37. Federer302

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    Does watching tennis not make you happy?

    I get excited the night before a slam final. Federer hasn't been in to many of those in the last 4 years.
     
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  38. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    OK, fair enough, but can't you still be hooked on the pure tennis? I can see myself in the future not actually heavily routing for one particular player but it shifting maybe depending on circumstance or the story of the moment, and just being immersed by the quality of tennis as a game in and of itself. It's a great game...

    Even if I'm not invested on a more sort of emotional level or whatever with let's say, Berdych and Murray, I'd still be fascinated to watch them play and see all the tactics unfold. If it were to be the final, then Berdych would have a realistic shot at finally winning a Slam, against an opponent he does very well against, who himself would have his own story line of finally coming good for the first time since Wimbledon 2013. It would be a fascinating storyline, but without being invested in the players, watching the process of tennis and the prestige of seeing yet another winner of a Grand Slam are very strong pulls.
     
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  39. MichaelNadal

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    Oh you know I'll be watching all her matches ;) tbh, I've enjoyed watching Venus every bit as much as Rafa this year, maybe even moreso, getting to see her play like it's 07 again :)
     
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  40. Fedwimby86

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    SHEEEEEEEEETTTTTTT

    This is all due to the bad karma built up for all those fake MTOs. Will have to see how the draw plays out to see everyone's chances!
     
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  41. fhdowntheline

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    I believe Novak will win No 8 and officially join the herd. Of Goats, that is.
     
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    Good choices...

    Must be tough being Nadal's fan sometimes, great highs but deep lows as well. Wonder if he'll keep the sleeveless for the indoor swing...
     
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    That's because you want players to look like Hulk Hogan or Superman. You've watched so much WWE that you've forgotten what normal athletes look like. They're supposed to just be normal people, just really good at tennis.
     
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  44. MichaelNadal

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    Yeah, this whole post is exactly what I said a minute ago lol. For example, Stan/Novak at the AO is one of my fav matches ever. I'm simply saying I won't be upset on finals day, because Nadal is the only player I'd be upset after if he lost, and even that would only last a day.
     
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  45. Russeljones

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    So the emotional low connected with the loss is the measure of your attachment? Wow! Unhealthy. I remember a football game in '86 that did that to me. Think I've outgrown it, though. At least you like Stan. We'll both cheer him in the final!
     
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  46. Gorecki

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    this is not good news. i was hoping for a 2nd round humiliation @ the hands of a 100 bellow ranked player
     
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    I'm a massive Murray fan, being British and all, but Andy's matches make up a tiny minority of the actual matches played at the USO. He could retire right now and I would still be incredibly proud of his accomplishments and also just as interested in tennis, from futures level to ATP tour, as I was when I was first engrossed. I don't know how many others feel the same, but there's that.

    I would feel bad for Nadal fans who allowed this to ruin the tournament.
     
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  48. MichaelNadal

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    Thanks Man. I doubt he will :/

    Does Dolgo look like Hulk Hogan to you? And I can't stand hulk Hogan :lol: nice trolling attempt man, sorry, raonic just doesn't excite me it is what it is.
     
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    Just curious, did I misunderstand you when you say that you like Fed in some threads/posts?

    By the way, what do you look for in a tennis player?
     
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  50. Homeboy Hotel

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    Federer will take #2 if he gets to the final
     

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