Nadal taking all of February off to recuperate

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  1. batz

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    On twitter, from various sports journos - must be from abudhabi press conference.

    Says he nearly didn't go to abudhabi and plans to take all of February off to recuperate from shoulder injury that has troubled him for some weeks.
     
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    Will he play A.O????
     
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    Yes, and Doha - but it sounds like he will be carrying an injury.
     
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    Aah, makes sense.
     
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    aNOTHER PRE season injury excuse..duh..
     
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    Which he picked up during the rest before WTF.
     
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    Why are these journalists going ape sh\t saying how Nadal is talking ALL OF FEBRUARY off? An how he's WITHDRAWING from Dubai?

    Nadal hasn't played Dubai since 2008 and scraped through Rotterdam in 2009 where Murray got him 6-0 3rd set. Nadal doesn't play any other sub-par tour 250/500 events in February and just like Murray/Federer have last couple of years, will not be playing much in the second month of 2012.

    This simple notice is just being over publicised and exaggerated.
     
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    Jokes apart, hope he recovers fast. And hope he is able to perform well at AO.
     
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    Oh well, with Doha starting next week, I guess some PR was needed fast to carry on the myth of the Injured Warrior. :roll:

    Now that Rafa "who doesn't want to talk about his injuries" has reassured us that his futures victories with a broken shoulder will be due to his recovered mental toughness (to say nothing of his passion and humour), I guess the real season can get underway... ;)
     
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    I don't know why, but Rafa seems to like these kind of excuses. So why not rest up two more weeks now, and play yourself into form in the AO?Seems to make more sense than this!
    Also, doesn't rafa take of February kind of often? Seems to me that it's not that big a schedule move and there's not anything serious going on with him.
     
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  11. batz

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    Now on the wires:

    http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=15505&zoneid=4


    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Rafael Nadal plans to take several weeks off after the Australian Open to recover from a nagging shoulder injury.

    The second-ranked Nadal said Thursday the injury surfaced before the ATP World Tour Finals in November and that he was still “not 100 percent.” He only decided three days ago to defend his title at the World Tennis Championships, a two-day exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

    “I had a problem before London with my shoulder and I had to stop for about 10 days before the (ATP) finals,” Nadal said Thursday in Abu Dhabi. “It felt better but again it resurfaced. In December, I did not have enough time to practice because of that.”

    Nadal will play the winner of a match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer in the semifinals on Friday.

    He is hopeful his shoulder will hold up in Abu Dhabi where he will attempt to win the tournament for the third year in a row and in Doha, where he plans to play at the Qatar Open next week. After competing at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 16, the 25-year-old Spaniard said he would take February off to rest and practice.

    While praising the dominance of No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won three Grand Slams, Nadal blamed himself for allowing his play to become “too predictable” at times. But he insisted he wasn’t going to overhaul his game despite losing to Djokovic in six finals.

    Nadal won the French Open, rallied Spain to victory in the Davis Cup final and finished 69-15 this season. He lost to Djokovic in the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

    “This is not the time to change many things. This is the time to keep playing well, to keep improving my tennis,” Nadal said. “I will just try and be competitive in all the tournaments. I was competitive in all the tournaments and was in three Grand Slam finals.”
     
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    LOL, are you trying to make me laugh !
     
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    Looks like Nadal is fighting an uphill battle from day one. And he's not making any changes for Djokovic? i thought he would know by now that his current is no issues for the world number one.
     
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    As I have said before,if he is injured he should have skipped Abu Dhabi,and maybe even Doha instead of chasing the money. He wll never learn so hopefully Ferrer puts him out of his misery tomorrow because if he makes the final he will just get thrashed by Cvac again. The bottomline is Nadal is a dumba**. That is all.
     
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    Playing an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament and Doha is a bit silly when you have a shoulder injury and the Australian Open in a few weeks.
     
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    $$$$$$$$$ is all he cares about these days. The tennis is just secondary to him,and he could not care less about it.
     
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  17. decades

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    lol he always takes off february. He is just looking for an edge. So he is planting the seed that he is not 100% to take the pressure off for OZ. New strategy this year. have your injury "before" you play. :)
     
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    lol. so instead of resting he plays EXOs for the money. that must be some injury!
     
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    Seriously, he should let his shoulder heal for the AO if it's really bothering him that much. Nadal needs more than ever to be playing at 100%. This looks bad considering he's already starting off playing in pain, AND saying he doesn't need to change tactics now. I may as well start rooting for cockyvic so i'll be less disappointed in 2012.
     
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  20. decades

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    I hope rafa's "head" recovers because that's the "real" problem here.
     
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    Don't do that. There are lesser evils to cheer for out there,even if they don't win as much. Maybe I should convert to a Fed fan. At least he can beat Cvac unlike Nadal.
     
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    Don't be so harsh man! This is an improvement - at least he isn't bringing it up AFTER a loss.
     
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    I lol'd. U get the gif of the week award :)

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    Muhahahaahaaa

    Are you kidding me?

    How can you announce an injury, and that it existed before a tournament he already played, and that you will have it in an exo, and a 250 event, and that you will have it in a major event, and then that you will take 4 weeks off to recover????

    It got to be a first in history of ATP

    Any fan that tries to sugar coat this will be making a fool of themselves
     
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    WTF doesnt count? He mentions London.
    oh, maybe he meant some place else in London
     
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    It's not great is it - more to the point, it's not something I ever thought I'd see Nadal doing. I thought it might be a wind up at first but it's real alright. I guess losing six big finals in a row to the same guy can take a lot out of a man.
     
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    I meant he isn't waiting to lose in AO before announcing the 'continued' shoulder problems from before the WTF.

    Really, I don't know what kind of kool aid his fans drink, but it hurts my brain to process Nadal's utterances. Two days ago he says he's not been as injured as folks make him out to be and that he couldn't have been top 2 if he was injured ( to show himself off as a heroic guy who's beaten physical niggles - something all players do). Now, his litany of physical issues continue with a shoulder issue.

    Has there been a year he didn't complain of something or other? Abdominals strain, knees, shoulders. And when he has nothing else, he says he 'lacked passion' or something arcane like that.

    I don't understand what purpose it serves unless he wants sympathy to announce something like this. When other players announce an injury its usually because they may have to skip an upcoming tournament. Nadal is the only guy who complains then plays exos, grand slams and then *****es and moans about the calendar!
     
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    I hope Nole feels guilty about driving a man insane before our eyes :(
     
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    I am honored to accept it. :lol:
     
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    What? No mention of the Davis cup?

    This proves it guys. Nadal only wants the glory - its the losses that he tries to explain away with injury issues.
     
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    Takes a lot out of a man, but this is not the announcement of one.
    If this is true he is losing his mind.
    Not good news for his fans
     
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    Well you don't really know that, I'd say.
     
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    I would not be worried about Nadal at all... its all BS anyway. I won't be surprised if he wins the AO with an injured shoulder. If he loses, its okay because he is injured. I have never seen a player who seems to always be injured year in, year out win so many titles and grandslams.

    Since 2004, I don't remember a time when Nadal wasn't injured or tired. Its always an uphill battle for him, isn't it?
     
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    It's what makes him the gladiator in everyone's mind. The man who climbs above all unassailable odds.
     
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    Lol, Ralph's sanity is slipping little by little...
    Hopefully, in December 2012, after Nole has battered him another 6 times, Tio will retire him to a mental institution.
     
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    Let me help you *********, there is only one pathological explanation.

    Masochism.


    Masochism (MW Dictionary): enjoyment of pain : pleasure that someone gets from being abused or hurt ;

    Any of the ********* please come forward and tell me what it means to have an injury, be in pain, and then go ahead and play 3 events one of them being a major?
     
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    Considering how almost one sided the matches got as the season went on, it could get real ugly! And if Roger surplants Rafa as the world number two....
     
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    hmmm...seems like his shoulder does not hurt on clay.
    Isnt that the surface that would make it worse?
     
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  39. Mike Sams

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    I thought Djokovic was the one with the shoulder injury. When did Nadal hurt his shoulder?
     
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    Just add it to the not so short list of Rafa's other injuries when he loses.

    2011 Finals vs Djokovic - brain injury, apparently :lol:
    2011 Doha SF vs Davydenko (L 6-3, 6-2) - flu
    2010 WTF F vs Fed (L 6-3, 3-6, 6-1) - 'tired' from Murray match
    2010 Shanghai R16 vs Melzer (L 6-1, 3-6, 6-3) - 'tired' from winning Tokyo
    2009 Madrid F vs Fed (L 6-4, 6-4) - 'tired' from Djokovic match
    2009 Rotterdam F vs Murray (L 6-3, 4-6, 6-0) - knee injury
    2008 Paris QF vs Davydenko (L 6-1 RET) - leg injury
    2008 USO SF vs Murray (L 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4) - 'tired' from Olympics
    2008 Rome R32 vs Ferrero (L 7-5, 6-1) - blisters
    2008 Chennai F vs Youzhny (L 6-1, 6-0) - 'tired' from Moya match
    2007 USO R16 vs Ferrer (L 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2) - knee injury (one that BTW was made to sound life threatening before the tourney even started, I remember that mockery)
    2007 Cincy R32 vs Monaco (L 7-6, 4-1 RET) - knee injury
    2007 AO QF vs Gonzo (L 6-2, 6-4, 6-3) - leg injury
    2007 Sydney R32 vs Guccione (L 6-5 RET)
    2006 Queens QF vs Hewitt (L 3-6, 6-3 RET)
    2005 Auckland R32 vs Hrbaty (L 6-3 RET)

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    He should pull out of here and Doha if he is really hurting. If he gets worse here, and also ends up getting mauled by Novak despite it being an exhibition, 2012 will spiral ou of any control he still has.
     
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    Hopefully all the players especially Nadal manage their schedules correctly this year.:shock:
     
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    Ew. Wimbledon, why.
     
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    I agree 100%. The less injuries, and burnout the better. Although if Nadal is already strugling before even stepping onto court, and will play a heavy January - would you say that he is managing his schedule correctly?

    I think Novak has it spot on. And Federer should be okay also, he was quite fresh end of last season.

    Murray I am not sure of, since he had a heartbreaking end to last season, so we will see with him.
     
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    Which tournaments was he going to play in February?
     
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    Where he can keep you company,and considering he is your most favorite person in the whole wide world,you must be trembling with excitment.. Lol.
     
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    I doubt we'll be in the same one. I have taste.
     
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    nada....

    You should've asked:

    Which excuse was he going to play in February?

    And the answer would be: He played it in December 2011
     
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    You are correct but its not a new tactic. He mentions that he is injured before a tournament then he:

    1. Has an excuse if he gets bageled, breadsticked, destroyed etc.

    2. Can take pressure off himself. He always parades himself as the underdog.
     
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