Rafael Nadal: "I am doubles specialist, no?"

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  1. norcal

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    Who would have guessed? [​IMG]
     
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  2. sureshs

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    I would say Fed is the doubles specialist because he couldn't win the Olympic singles Gold last year.
     
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  3. Oui c'est moi.

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    He's only played 2 tournaments so far...
     
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  4. What blows my mind is that he's made that much money already.
     
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    Alot of it is spent on travelling etc.


    Unless you have sponsers, which Nadal has. However for the oh so not so good ATP pros, they have to pay everything.
     
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  6. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Way to start the ants nest..lol
     
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    Lol,interesting how things look at the beginning of the season although I always thought that Nadal is somewhat underrated in doubles.He's a very good doubles player as evidenced by the fact that he and his partner Lopez beat the first ranked doubles team in the world in Doha(Nestor and Ziki).

    Slight problem with this statement is that his 13 singles slams imply otherwise.But what am I saying,Fed never won an Olympic gold in singles so Massu must be a better singles player than Fed.
     
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    Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?
     
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    Must we start another war?
     
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  11. norcal

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    This was meant to be a light hearted thread.

    kthnxbi
     
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  12. Breaker

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    Nadal...doubles Slam?

    Discuss.
     
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  13. sureshs

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    Rafa takes every point seriously.
     
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    He is silly. I think he kind of just enjoys playing doubles.
     
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    I want to commend this board with its substantial increase of random pictures inserted in threads in the past few weeks, bravo!!
     
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  16. veroniquem

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    He's only played 1 tournament I think.
     
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  18. veroniquem

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    He's playing only one (ATP) tournament before the AO, he needs match practise to get in the groove. He also plays doubles when he switches surfaces. He played doubles in Monte-Carlo last year because it was his first tournament of the year on clay and he wanted to get used to the surface. He now has 5 doubles titles, not bad at all!
     
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  19. Oui c'est moi.

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    Oh yeah sorry, i thought Abu Dhabi would count in terms of prize money.
     
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  20. norcal

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    nice avatar!

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    I cannot tell who the player is on it.
     
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    Ahahahahahahaaaa!!! Excellent!

    Oui...I can't look at your avatar long enough to figure out who it is! :shock:
     
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  23. norcal

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    Looks like Murray?
     
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  24. Oui c'est moi.

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    It is the one and only, future GOAT, true heir to Sampras, guns more dazzling than Rafa's, most bodacious man in the history of the sport, and the current top poster-boy for TTers = Andy Murray.

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    I figured since there will be so many Murray avatars on here in the coming weeks that i get there early and nab the best one. :twisted:
     
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    ^^^ACK! My eyes, my eyes!!!
     
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  26. Oui c'est moi.

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    You people are always mean to my avatars. :(
     
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  27. Very true, but that still is a lot of money to make in less than a month. Either way, I think you'll agree, you gotta spend it to make it, eh? :)
     
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  28. Is this going to be Murray at the AO?
     
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  29. Leublu tennis

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    Its under his average, though. Last year he made $6.7 million in prize money which, considering that he didn't play for the last month and a half of 2008, comes to about $21,000 per day!!
     
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  30. Topaz

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    No, no, no...I definitely give you major points for creativity and imagination! ;)
     
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    I like the avatar, though I don't think he's really puking.

    51,000 plus for a week of work is good money, whatever way you cut it.

    I often dream of gaining Federer like talent for two weeks only, winning the US Openand living off the prize money/public appearance fees for the rest of my life.

    ah, to dream...it's what separates us from the animals, no?

    no.
     
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    Sorry but that one is kind of revolting :shock: When was that taken?
     
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    Oh yes, the match where Murray was cramping / throwing his guts up. I do think that was Safin beating him down that day.
     
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    still laughing!

    Good post thanks
     
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  35. Leublu tennis

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    It isn't really, not for a #1 in a sport. Think of football, basketball, hockey, racing. Thats peanuts compared to what those pros make. I don't follow baseball any more but didn't Rodriguez sign a contract for $250 million or something? I know that some Italian race car driver owes 100 million Euro in taxes! Just back taxes!!
     
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  36. tacou

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    I meant for normal people, cause someone above was saying how Nadal usually makes more.

    but I'd love to make that kind of money.

    also, I think it's ridiculous a tennis player can make a million dollars for seven matches, and as you said, it's peanuts considered to other sports. real depressing.
     
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  37. Nadal_Freak

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    And people say Nadal is one-dimensional grinder. You can't play like that and win in doubles.
     
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  38. Beasty54

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    I think the doubles he plays at random tournaments really helped his volleying in singles.
     
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    i agree, i just wish he would come to net more...he can use his speed and top spin shots (deep) to get good net position...and how about strategic s&v's?...rafa must realize by now his typical backcourt game on hardcourts (and i'm thinking about them here) does not hurt players as much as clay and grass...he needs a little more variety and surprise, no?
     
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    I definatly agree. If you see him play break points on his serve he is typically a little more aggresive and ready to come forward. His game is made around his massive topspin forehand, and he opens up the court so well he could finish points much easier and perhaps could lead to a longer career if he came forward.
     
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  41. DJG

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    I have watched quite a bit of his doubles matches and he is getting better at it, no doubt. I also think, at the very least, that it will have/has had a positive impact on his singles.
     
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    you've hit on something here...he definitely becomes more aggressive when he feels cornered (down break points) and has a tendency to become very conservative when ahead, which allows his opponent to hang around when he could be going all out (with varying tactics) to bury a guy when he's feeling confident (and also saving his legs for later in the tournament/year)
     
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  43. veroniquem

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    God I hope you're right. I feel he's vulnerable on hard. He has a hard time staying agressive on that surface, at any moment he's liable to revert to cautious defensive. I still hope this will change in the future and he will acquire more confidence to stay aggressive all the time. He has the skills IMO, it's more a mental hurdle in this case.
     
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    Exactly. Also coming forward on hard courts, he could really make a push to win a HC slam. I think that is all he is missing. Little more aggresive coming forward and a HC slam is his for the taking.
     
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    Unless Federer's nice enough to let them aboard his private jet as well!
     
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  47. drakulie

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    He didn't get enough court time in last year???
     
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  48. drakulie

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    Perhaps he is playing more and more doubles because he knows his knees can't hold out much longer. Therefore, extending his playing career to doubles, and retiring from singles.
     
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    Dude stop trolling. We know you are doing it. You know you are doing it. It has been played. You don't like Nadal fans making excuses for Nadal. Alright move on.
     
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    LOL, but don't you do exactly the same thing?
     
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