Toni: Djokovic is Better Than us

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  1. OddJack

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    LOL Djokovic in 24...the Age card means nothing till 29+!
     
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    Humbalito is playing his mind games again, positioning himself as the no-pressure underdog
     
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    It's all about mileage, folks.

    Nadal has played many more matches than Nole.
     
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    (Toni is the greatest genius in tennis history. This sounds like how he used to talk about Federer! It's brilliant :D!)
     
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    He is right. Nadal is done,as I have been saying for a while now,and Toni pretty much just admitted it.
     
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    Good point.

    If we are talking car metaphors Nadals got about a million miles, transmission is very shaky and his engine needs to be rebuilt.

    Meanwhile Nole has about 350 thousand miles and is running in peak shape, mentally fresh as a new oil and filter change.

    Mr Goodwrench out.
     
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    I am sure Toni is a really good bloke but what is this 'us'? Brilliant coach he may be but it is Rafael who plays the matches.
     
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    At 25, Nadal has played some 600 matches, still far below 1,000. Past players have played 1000+ matches, so Nadal still has a lot left in the gas tank.

    Toni is just downplaying his nephew's chances in case if he's not winning, as usual. Too chicken to admit the truth.
     
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    (You are just too easy for Toni.... Let's hope Nadal is just a gullible, because that is what Toni is hoping...)
     
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    Toni practically runs Nadal's life,so I can bet you he probably believes the same way Toni does. He looks like he would rather be anywhere but on a tennis court,so I am sure that Toni's comments are not too far from the truth.
     
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    (Good. The sooner Nadal treats Djokovic like a God [as he did with Federer] the sooner the 16-12 h2h will increase to 20-12 in 2012)
     
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    Nadal always says the other guy is better to take the pressure off himself. He said Michael Russel was he favorite in their Wimbledon first round match didn't he?
     
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    Sorry,but this post is worthy of a serious :lol:
     
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    I think Nadal's career depends on what happens in 2012. I do NOT see him as a guy that would stick around while losing to people he knows he should beat or in the south end of the top 10. If he has a good year I expect him to stay. If he doesn't win a major, I think 2013 will be it for him, if not the end of 2012.
     
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    Toni is saying exactly what a lot of us have been saying. The part about 7 yrs being on top has been said adnauseum by Namelessone, I and several others..

    Nadal was already declining, but the rise of Djokovic has further accelerated and exacerbated this. Obviously it's easier to continue if you win, but right now Nadal has nothing to push himself and nothing to feel good about.

    Basically, if he doesn't do much in Wimb/F.O 2012, I think he will probably call it a day shortly after.

    Of course that will make many people happy here, nonetheless, it will be a loss for tennis in general. Especially if Fed also quits in the next couple of yrs or so.
     
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    Don't worry, the trolls will not follow logic.

    Nice to see Tony telling it like it is. One thing I always liked about him, his brutal honesty.

    As I said before, Fed, with the easiest game on the body in modern history(no retirements in his career and very few ailments overall), started declining in his 7th consecutive year winning slams but due to his massive talent and easy game, he can still make major damage.

    Nadal is in his 7th year winning slams, has started winning earlier than Fed, but his game is about wear and tear(missed 3 slams due to injury by age 25, missed an entire clay season, has tendinitis in both knees, etc.). These factors, coupled with Djoko's amazing rise(and the fact that he is a bad matchup) does not bode well for Rafa in the future. Everybody says that Djoko is his main problem and that is true in a sense but Nadal doesn't have the same will to improve his game anymore and he seems to not give his all anymore. Look how he lost to Dodig and Fish. Lost to Ivan after winning the first and slipping mentally again around the tiebreaks. Never being in the match with Fish. It's like you are watching someone else, not Rafa Nadal.

    The thing is, maybe he can't give anymore, which is something few of us take into account. And maybe Rafa can't admit it to himself and just keeps rolling along, hoping to stumble into some titles.

    Lack of fitness, no more mental edge, bored/annoyed on court, these are not things associated with Nadal, but that's where he is right now. Also, in tennis age, Rafa is 27'ish IMO.

    I am however surprised that the trolls didn't pick on this statement:

    ""[The ATP] has to keep in mind the health of the players' future," he said. "They don't care about the health. All they care about is the show and the money."

    "When you finish your tour career, you should be a normal person," Nadal said. "The people who play the most [tennis] are the people who win the most," he added, citing former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten, who had injuries derail his career, as an example.

    It's not coincidental that American players rarely succeed at Roland Garros, or on the clay circuit at all for that matter. While Europeans play on different surfaces when training, most American players grow up playing solely on hard surfaces.

    "Americans love fast games, but that's not necessarily what is best," Toni Nadal said. "Slower is better for spectators and easier on the players, like clay or grass courts. It may seem like I'm trying to favor Rafa, but it's obvious that hard courts have the most negative impact."
     
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    It's interesting, while Rodge at 30 is trying to say he is still young, Nadal at 25 is trying to say he is old. What does that tell you? If you ask me it's the love for the game. Nadal is not enjoying it as much anymore.
     
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  20. DjokovicForTheWin

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    Djokovic2011 >>>>>>>>> Nadal 2008. Decline or no decline, Djoker is superior in every way except moonballing.
     
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    And that was his attitude same time last year that made Toni threat to walk away. Its in his book. Toni did not like his looks with his istomin match, and Nadal just said: I am human, whats the big deal?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2011/sep/02/us-open-rafael-nadal-novak-djokovic



    In an autobiography that stretches ghosted self-analysis to the limits of tolerance, Rafael Nadal does shed light on one interesting facet of his personality: his game face.

    In the heat of battle, he invariably looks like a wired-up bull, brows arched, lip curled, muscles tensed and his gaze burning a hole in his poor opponent. Some times, though, the Nadal facade cracks. And it happened in this tournament last year.

    He reveals that he had a major bust-up with his uncle and coach, Toni (a mix of the Good Fairy and Burgess Meredith) in the second round – and it was all about how he looked on court.

    All his career, Toni has urged Nadal to maintain "una buena cara", a good face, on court. "To have a good face," says Nadal, "means to wear a serious, concentrated expression when you are playing, one that betrays as few negative emotions as possible, reflecting an attitude of persistence and professional discipline."

    He goes on: "The opposite of a good face is one that reflects the rage, the nerves, the tension, the fear or even the elation you might be feeling."

    There's much more of this, which boils down to that old chestnut, "focus".

    They fell out before Rafa's match against Denis Istomin. The Spaniard, not wearing his "buena cara", did not play well but won. In the locker room afterwards, he had to tell the grumpy Burgess Meredith side of his uncle: "I am not perfect and I cannot always disguise my feelings."

    "If my face looks the way you said it does," Nadal told him, "it's because I was feeling nervous, because I was afraid I might lose, which I think is an entirely understandable human reaction … So what's the big deal?"
     
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  23. DjokovicForTheWin

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    That's not what I heard. I heard you were pretty stupid. Your posts are a reflection of it.
     
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  24. celoft

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    Roger has much more heart than Nadal.:)
     
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    "Americans love fast games, but that's not necessarily what is best," Toni Nadal said. "Slower is better for spectators and easier on the players, like clay or grass courts(...)"

    I'm starting to think Hafa and Toni share 1 brain.
     
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    Nadal enjoys pain and competition. He has been doing that since he was a kid.

    It's a different approach to the game. Nadal has said many times that he likes the tight moments in the match and that he enjoys fighting hard for the victory more than the victory itself. He likes these roadblocks in front of him. The problem is, with his game and mileage, certain roadblock are nearly impossible to overcome. For the guy that is used to overcoming these roadblocks, that is hard to take.

    Federer is different. He is more of the artist type. He likes to fly free. That's when Fed is at his best, when he is slaughtering someone on court who has no answer. He does it quick and precise, like with a surgeon's scalpel. His problem comes when he has to get dirty, when he has a player that likes to chomp down and who prefers to stay with him so to speak. It's no wonder that his problems came against defensive minded players. Safin and DelPo(partially Nalby as well) that beat Fed while playing mainly offensive games.
     
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    Say what you will but at least I actually do something besides troll on here. All of your posts have been a waste of space.
     
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    The troll has a brain?
     
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    I've also been saying that for a LONG LONG time.

    Fed genuinely enjoys the game. He loves the travel involved and has a gf/wife who is extremely supportive. Fed is fiercely independent and confidence about himself. Even if he is no longer the player he used to be, he plays because he loves tennis and cannot imagine himself doing anything else.

    Nadal's case is different. He is a homeboy, a "major" introvert, who HATES travelling and would rather stay home and fish. Toni has used some extreme methods of discipline which extend beyond the tennis court, and it has led to severe insecurity, anxiety and host of other strange psychological traits that Nadal struggles with in private. In Nadal's book there are direct quotes from Nadal vindicating the darkness inhabiting his psychological landscape.

    Tennis has always been a ordeal for Nadal, and his high intensity and extreme work-ethic always meant that he would wear down earlier in his career. And as I predicted here before, it is the mental part that does him in, not his body or an injury..
     
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    The big deal is that disciplin is paramount. That "game face" is just a way of trying to stay focused. One thing I am starting to dislike about Rafa(and he has been doing this since the end of 2010) is his increased talks to himself on the court and the prolonged complaining when he misses.

    He RARELY did this in the past. Miss the pass,lose the point, move on. Nowadays he lingers on it and it shows in his body language. That's what bothers Tony I think, you shouldn't let your opponents see weakness in body language.

    Nadal should go back to his old manneurisms on court. He should focus on his game, not his misses.
     
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    It's true but I think Nadal needs a new coach. Someone more positive.
     
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    I agree with this it's VERY noticeable now. He used to shrug it off really quickly or not do anything at all. Now he's always very visibly upset when things go wrong.
     
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    It tells they have a different approach and mentality, Fed embraces the role of the favourite and the burden of expectations that come with it while Nadal shies away from such position (always has). Fed is not in better form or more fresh than Nadal right now(physically or mentally) which is evident in their results last 2 years.

    Those who buy this nonsense Toni is saying/implying ie. Nadal is "old" and won't be active in a few years etc. are being naive. Take out Novak and Nadal would already have 2 slams and atleast 4 masters titles this year, he reached 7 finals in a row at one point etc. Nadal is still playing great and is still the first or 2nd favourite in every tournament he enters, once Novak form takes a dip Nadal will pounce instantly, mark my words.
     
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    That is true, for a million other reasons besides the negativity of Toni. Still Nadal most likely won't change. If he could have, he would have done this a long time ago..
     
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    So saying 2011 Novak is playing at a higher level than Nadal did in 2008 is trolling?

    Were those who claimed 2008 Nadal>>>>>2006 Fed trolls as well?
     
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    Hi Hotstuff, te iubesc.
     
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    Look at the posting history of the said poster and read the kind of stuff he/she wrote in the past 6 months or so..
     
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    Every time someone claims that Djoker 2011 is beating a declining Nadal, THAT is a troll. Sorry, but the data don't lie.
     
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    Likewise I'm sure. You blather on incessantly about total absurdities. You are no different.
     
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    Actually saying Djoker2011 > Nadal 2008 just really gets under their skin, because deep down inside they realize it could be true, and well, the truth hurts sometimes.
     
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    What kind of stuff? He didn't say anything the majority of Nadal fans didn't at one point or another, does that make them trolls?

    I certainly don't view Namelessone as a troll for example but he ha numerous times in the past(before 2011) tried to convince me(and other Fed fans) that Fed was at his peak in 2008 and that the only reason he wasn't dominating anymore was because Nadal improved tenfold as a player even though Fed's overall results in 2008 were far worse than Nadal's are this year.

    DjokovicForTheWin claims Nadal is playing his best/peak tennis at the age of 24-25? There are still a number of Nadal fans who claim that Fed is playing as good as ever at the age of 30.
     
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    This is the actual truth. Not some idiotic subjective feeling that Nadal is declining. LOL, the data certainly don't support that conclusion. In fact he was never slaughtered as badly this year as he was in 2008, his supposed peak according to the tards. Oh wait that peak simply started after the slaughter :) LOLLLLLL
     
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    Sure. I've never even said that Djokovic is not better than Nadal. He clearly is.

    But you seem to have an obsession of hanging around in Nadal related threads, and always bringing the same thing ad-nauseum. Which is that Djokovic is better than prime Nadal, and Nadal wouldn't have won anything if Djokovic would have been in his prime then.

    Of course that's an opinion, and it's fine, but you even personally attack other posters (Calling them idiot etc), which is something that few good posters here do.

    Anyway, it's a free world. Do whatever floats your boat..
     
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    You only say this in the context of a 'declining' Nadal. It's a troll. It's no different. If you can't recognize that, then I can't help you fella. I am ad nauseam? LOL, fella you are the poster boy for ad nauseam going on and on about how NAdal is declining, etc, etc. Ask even the NAdaltards, they are sick of it!
     
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    That's actually a valid argument. Kolja beat Nadal much more easily in Miami final that year than Novak did this year and also Tsonga destroyed a healthy rested Nadal at AO. Also in 2008 Novak(who wasn't playing as good as he is this year that's for sure, he was still a baby) routined Nadal in Cinncinati while this year he had to go 3 sets in both of their encounters on HC
     
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    Cvac was still a baby in 2008? He is only 11 months younger than Nadal so I guess Nadal was still a baby then too,right?
     
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    Not true. I even said that the UsOpen 2010 Nadal would have difficulties with current Djokovic.

    Plus, unlike you, I don't barge in on Djokovic related threads and say for instance that Djokovic would have no chance against prime Fed or prime Nadal. More importantly, unlike you, in my 2 years of posting, have I NEVER called anyone names (idiot or the like).

    Anyway, it's just a game. I don't take stuff here personally. Nonetheless I'll edit my initial post, if you don't like that..
     
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    Baby in his tennis game. Players come into their own on different timetables. Compare Fed and NAdal.
     
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  49. DjokovicForTheWin

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    No you just post in every damn thread ad nauseum about how Djoker would have to have a heart attack to not win the USO. And that's not a troll huh? Dude, look in the mirror and then cast the first stone ok?

    And I have never said Djokovic would have no chance against prime Djokovic :)
     
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    EXACTLY. I don't get the obsession at all.
     
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