Nadal update.

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    Tennis great Rafael Nadal has hailed his teammates on Spain's Davis Cup team for the ``exceptional'' achievement of reaching a ninth final but said he wasn't sure he would recover in time for the showdown with the Czech Republic.
    Nadal was honoured in Madrid on Monday night as Person of the Year by the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair and told reporters he is happy ``to be part of a great era for Spanish sport.''
    The injured 26-year-old began the summer on a high note by capturing a record seventh French Open title with a victory over then-world No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.
    However the No.4 ranked Nadal has not played since his shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon.
    He said in a Twitter posting in early September that he would be sidelined for the next two months with lingering knee problems.
    ``I have missed the Olympics and the United States Open. What's most important now is to recover well and return when I can,'' Nadal said in Madrid.
    ``These are not joyous times, but neither should we deceive ourselves.
    ``I have a career behind me and one ahead of me. I'm injured now, it's part of my profession.''
    Spanish Vanity Fair bestows its Person of the Year prize on the individual deemed to exercise the ``most influence'' on society ``in any of its spheres.''
    Last year's recipient was Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.
    Vanity Fair said it selected the tennis star for the honour based on his accomplishments as an athlete and on the good works of the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
    Nadal said in an interview published on Monday in Vanity Fair that he was not sure ``how long'' he would keep ``playing tennis'' and that he was enjoying ``one of the best seasons'' of his career ``until the knee injury.''
    ``I don't know how long I will keep playing tennis. I'll be 31 in five years and taking into account the fact that I started at 16 ... Perhaps stopping now will help extend my career a little bit more. Until I had the problems with the knee again, the final at Roland Garros, had been one of the best seasons of my life. I felt able to win any competition. Complicated times came later,'' Nadal said.
    ``Success is not the victory, it's what you've done to win. The knowledge that you've done everything in your power to achieve what you wanted. That feeling makes me very happy. This year I lost the final in Australia and I didn't like it, but I was happy in some ways. It was a success to have lost like that,'' the tennis star said.
    The Spaniard, known for his physically demanding style of play and incredible defensive skills, has struggled to stay healthy during his career, having been forced to withdraw from each of the four grand slam events due to various injuries.

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    tl;dr RIP Rafael Nadal

    He will be gone by next year.
     
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    Nadal won't be making another comeback.
     
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    I agree with Nadal, 2012 has extended his career. Instead of playing till age 31, maybe age 33. Agassi benefited from time-off too.

    Sampras whereas, had no breaks, and didn't last long.
     
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    Taking 5-6 months off =/= 2 more years on a career. It doesn't work like that. He won't make 31 anyway.
     
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    It was always obvious he would not be able to last as long as Federer because of the strain he puts on his body every tournament. Talk of him beating Federer's Slam total was wide off the mark. I'd like to see Rafa at his best for another couple of years, though.
     
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    No he won't. He is not playing DC in November, we knew this already. He will be back for the AO 2013.
     
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    Spain must be very short of people with achievements this year.
     
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    He won't be back. And even if he does attempt a comeback it will be a failure,and short lived. Not sure why he keeps beating around the bush instead of just being honest about the situation.
     
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    Would you stop that! Just like you said Nadal would never win the FO this year, you will be wrong about this as well. Nadal will be back at the AO 2013 looking as fit and strong as ever. Mark my words. You are the Nadal fan for goodness sake you should be the one saying Nadal will be back and ok, not me!
     
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    Rafa really looks unsure of himself for really the first time evervI hope he can get out of this mess
     
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    His public image is on the floor.His PR team still makes interviews and award ceremonies like people love and believe Rafa as they used to.It is just a matter of time that people wont even ask when he will comeback as well.
     
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    Yeah that's true look at soderling although nadal is way more popular
     
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    He received another award today.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Sometimes your body tells you when it's time to quit. This is one of those occasions.
     
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    Sometimes your brain tells when its time to shut up. This was one of those occasions.
     
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    Could this really be the end??????? RIP.
     
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    He may make a comeback.

    Or maybe not.

    But he will always try to keep hogging the limelight.

    I'm sick of these bi-monthly attention seeking non-updates.
     
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    I know right!!!!
     
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    LOL. Bitter much? :)
    And don't worry, he'll be back.
     
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    I wonder the same thing.

    His "I don't know how long I will play tennis" sounds worrying, but one would have to see the question it's answering to.

    "His public image is on the floor"?, yeah, sure. To you maybe, because you hate him for the poker thing. Most people couldn't care less about that.
     
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    Someone is bitter. lol
     
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    Someone is an idiot. Lol
     
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    As a Fed-fan I already look forward to his comeback. Tennis really needs him. Hope he will be able to contend for a few more Slams.
     
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    Could Nadal be the next Kardashian victim and be sucked into reality TV?
     
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    Someone is a fanboy (or girl)
     
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    Let's bump this thread at Wimbledon next year :D
     
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    The interview was translated on vb by someone who bought the magazine. This is the part that was quoted in that article.

     
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    You want nachos with that ? Lol
     
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    You can bump it at the WTF this year
     
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    Federer should play beyond 36 to take full advantage when Nadal retires at age 31. Federer will feel like its 2004 again :D
     
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    Nadal is winning the WTF this year?
     
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    Oh! I thought it was for when he next competes my mistake monte Carlo next year then
     
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    I just meant to bump it at Wimbledon 2013 after he's either won Roland Garros, or the AO and Roland Garros. I think this forum is really shooting themselves in the foot.
     
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    Great, thanks :)
     
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    No he won't. You'll see for yourself when/if he does come back.


    Doesn't mean I am delusional. I'm too realistic to be a pom pom waver.
     
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    By Lourdes Garzon | Translated by nou.amic for http://www.VamosBrigade

    Do you have the sensation that this year has been one of your best or one of your worst?

    Until my knee began to give me problems again, at the end of Roland Garros, it had been one of the best seasons in my life. I felt capable of winning any competition. Then, obviously, there have been difficult moments since then, but injuries are part of sport and you have to accept them calmly. Stopping now will maybe also help extend my career a bit longer. You have to accept the situation as best you can, try to enjoy other things I've had little time for in the last few years, like being with my family and my friends. That's what I'm doing, working to recover as soon as possible, devoting a little more time to getting myself organised with my sponsors, trying to enjoy myself...

    Are you afraid?

    No. If my career were to end today, which is not the case because I hope to keep on playing for a long time, I'd feel very fortunate with all I've achieved. I think I'm someone who's lucky.

    How do you imagine yourself in ten years' time? Will you be able to find a passion as intense as tennis?

    I imagine myself working in something connected with sport. I'm a very active person, so I don't think stopping playing tennis will be a problem. What gives things meaning is doing them better than you did before or trying as best you can to do so. I'll have come to the end of an important part of my life, but I'll be happy.

    What about in five years time?

    I don't know. I don't know how long I'll go on playing tennis. In five years time I'll be 31 and, considering I started at 16... But anyway, who knows?


    What was the thought that most occurred to you during the two years you lost Wimbledon to Roger Federer?

    In 2006 I was very pleased to have reached the final, I didn't even go out there with the feeling I could win. Losing in 2007, yes, that was very hard. I had played very well all match and in the fourth set, when I was winning 4-0, 4-1, I felt something in my knee and I lost my concentration. Then I played the fifth set very badly. When you lose, you don't know if that'll be your last chance to win Wimbledon, so it's true, I was very much affected.

    You won the next year, in 2008, and became world number one. What did that victory change?

    Winning helped mentally in the following months. You feel as if you've passed an obstacle that you can jump again. You go to your bedroom, see the trophy, and are proud of having won it. But it's not at all something permanent. Then came 2009, 2010... Right now it affects me very little.

    What was the most important victory in your life? and I'm not just talking about tennis. When did you feel the greatest sensation of success?

    Success is not the victory, but all you've fought to obtain it. The certainty that you've done everything you possibly could to obtain what you wanted. That sensation makes me very happy. This year I lost in the final in Australia and, of course, I didn't like it, but, in a way I was content, it was a success to have lost like that.

    Tell me about your rivals. I suppose that for anyone who's not an elite athlete it's very difficult to imagine what the relationship between you is really like. I'm thinking above all of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

    I have no problem picking up the phone and calling them. We've worked a lot together on ATP matters to get initiatives going we believe can improve our sport, so we have a fluid relationship.

    I suppose you know one another well. You spend many hours searching for each other's weaknesses.

    We don't analyse one another that much! They've been concerned about me, asked after me, to see how I was, if I'd be ready for the US Open. We have a very cordial relationship. They are very good colleagues, but the concept of friendship is something else. My friends are those I've known all my life, since school, since I was four years old.

    You keep repeating opportunities shouldn't be wasted. Do you have the feeling you've taken advantage of all of them in tennis and in life?

    I mean that it's impossible to predict the future. You can try to make your life go one way and, suddenly, everything changes direction. Opportunities in sport are finite, so when one comes along you have to do everything possible. You don't know if you'll get another one, sometimes it's the only one.

    You have an apparently very traditional and also very peculiar family around you. Your uncle has trained you since you were a child and still does. Your father handles your business affairs. For many years you lived in the same building as your grandparents and cousins.

    I suppose being from a small town makes family relations closer. I now live with my parents and sister in a different house, but I still visit my uncles almost every day. I can only say I've been very happy with this way of understanding the family.

    Seen from the outside, the Nadals are much more than a family on good terms with one another. Much more even than a clan. They give the impression of having raised a watertight iron structure that surrounds and protects him, but which also supports him and is capable of affecting him, and deeply, if it cracks. Such as when his parents decided to separate in 2009. Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon then, giving up the title that had cost him so much to win the previous year, and later admitted that, as well as the pain in his knees, what had in reality paralysed him was the fact that his family had ceased to be the wall of contention he had always known.

    Grandfather Rafael Nadal was a musician and, as Rafa tells it, quite a character. In the years just after the (civil) war, he managed to get a choir of enthusiastic amateurs, but without the slightest idea how to read music, to interpret Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It is clear that his concept of unity is way above the average. Nadal has trained since he was a child with his father's brother, Toni Nadal, who is also a partner in the family businesses. It is not common, and it does not seem easy, to have the same coach from 4 years of age till you are 26. Nor is it common for your coach to accompany you from a small club in Mallorca to number one in the world. Much has been said about Toni Nadal's character, his exigence, his sense of discipline, his obsession with humility and, at the same time, with fomenting ambition. The Toni Nadal method appears to have two commandments: the first, work and the second, work. And between doing one or the other: do not think you are something special; do not give even a minute to selfcomplacency; do not celebrate a victory. But be able, for example, when you are injured, to turn up on court every morning on crutches and hit balls for hours seated on a chair. Why? To keep the brain busy, the body under tension, willpower trained.

    When does Toni Nadal do his job best, in the good times or the bad times?
    In the bad times I think.

    It doesn't seem easy for a child and his coach to be able to grow so much professionally together. How has your uncle turned himself into one of the world's best coaches?

    Sport is something that is pretty logical and simple. You succeed if you have common sense, live it with passion and take care to do things well. And he has done that.

    You also have a very stable team, you've surrounded yourself practically all your career with the same people, so I imagine loyalty is very important to you. What would you consider a betrayal?

    I'm an easy going person. I've never sacked anyone in my life. I value work and implication. Things can turn out better or worse, but when everything possible is done, I've no objections.

    He did not say so but I imagine that for Rafa Nadal disloyalty may have much to do with indiscretion, a leak about his private life, which he has known how to safeguard all these years. We have seen only a few photos of his little sister Maribel and the little we know of her is that she studies Physical Education in Barcelona. About his girlfriend, Xisca Perelló, we know she works for an insurance company in London after graduating in Business Administration and Management. It is no easy feat to spend over five years at Rafa Nadal's side without anyone even having heard your tone of voice.

    You are especially impenetrable about your private life. May I ask you why you find it so hard to talk, for example, about your girlfriend?

    I think discretion is best for me and for her. Otherwise, in the end, it would all be turned into a show which seems to me totally unnecessary and very uncomfortable. I try to live in peace and quiet. I'm conscious that all this (fame) is fleeting and afterwards you return to a relatively normal life.

    You've never really had a normal life. I suppose that being so famous and so rich from when you're very young makes everything very exceptional.

    Yes, I've lived in anonymity and I remember it.

    Do you know how much money you have?

    No, to tell the truth I'm far from knowing it. It's not something I'm directly concerned with. My father takes care of it. I don't have too many whims, either. I've only bought one car for myself in my life, after winning the Wimbledon final. I haven't even bought a house for myself, I live with my parents and I'm happy like that. There'll be time for other things. I don't need more, I don't lack anything and I have much more than I ever dreamed.
     
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    I know I have resided to the fact that Rafa has retired. He isn't coming back. He should just be honest now and stop fooling his fans. I think Rafa just wants to milk the last sponsors and endorsements before he confirms the retirement. I won't be an avid tennis fan anymore. That will be me done as a tennis fan. Rafa really got me unlike any other player ever has. He is irreplaceable!. It is just so sad that it had to end like this. When it is finally confirmed I will cry for probably a week!
     
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    So which former banned troll are you? :)
     
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    Why say this? I am not a troll or a former banned member! Can someone tell me the story of these people I am being accused of being. And it would be good if I got an answer. Why say such tosh when you have no evidence? :confused: I am just saying what I think is happening with Rafa and the retirement is going to be very sad, but not for those who are not fans of Rafa.
     
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    You and your moronic predictions. Keep your "realism" to yourself please ! :shock:
     
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    If you already 'know' that Nadal is retired, why do you have to wait until the confirmation before you start 'cry[ing] for a week'?
     
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    No, you're just trolling. No one is interested in reading your garbage so stop polluting this thread.
     
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    I have to live in hope, don't I?. It's just not sounding good to me. He has been gone for yonks. Plus he isn't saying good things to make it sound like he will return. I wish Rafa never existed. He came and will go as fast as he arrived.
     
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