What do you think of Rafa's decision to skip Halle this year ?

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What do you think of Rafa's decision to skip Halle this year ?

  1. Good decision. He needed a rest after Roland Garros to come back stronger at Wimbledon.

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  2. Bad decision. He needed a warm-up tournament on grass before Wimbledon.

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  3. I have no idea.

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  1. RafaIsBack

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    What do you think of Rafa's decision to skip Halle this year ?
     
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  2. vive le beau jeu !

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    a great decision which allowed us to enjoy a nadal-free week of tennis. :)
     
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  3. bullfan

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    smart move, its too hard to decompress from a gs win that quick. there are so many obligations, like going to disney france afterwards. It doesn't give him or any other player the downtime to recalibrate well.
     
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  4. bullfan

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    he did that just for you.... but he's saving up his talents for crushing your dreams at Wimbledon!
     
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  5. cc0509

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    Good decision. He does not need so many tune-ups at this stage of his career.
     
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  6. RafaIsBack

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    I think he needed a warmup tournament before Wimbledon. Even if he played only 1 or 2 matches I think he needed to get used to the speed of the courts in a competition.
     
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  7. WhiskeyEE

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    He wants to go into Wimbledon with a mental edge. He doesn't want to show the cracks in his game in a warm up.
     
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  8. cc0509

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    Nah, I don't think so.
     
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  9. forzamilan90

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    agree. first rounds for him are dangerous at wimby, so practice would have been useful
     
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    What will you do if Nadal wins W? Will you survive? :lol:
     
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    I think he could have used the tune up and will be extra vulnerable to a big hitter early this year. But at the same time he kneeds to take a break ;)
     
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  12. Clarky21

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    It's a good thing, but it's also a bad thing because Nadal needs matches in order to show up with any shot in hell of winning. I don't think he will do much of anything at Wimby this year. I expect a result similar to what he had last year.
     
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  13. pjonesy

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    I am not a fan of Nadal, but I think he can use the comeback against Djoker and the clinical domination of Ferrer to fuel his confidence moving forward.

    As ridiculous as it sounds, Nadal might be able to win Wimbledon with no practice. His reputation, confidence and fitness might be enough to push him to victory.

    I hope I'm wrong. But you have to give the guy credit and its hard to doubt his ability to come through in the clutch.
     
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  14. bullfan

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    rafa has played a lot of matches, and i dont see novak playing in a tune up......

    I think it's been silly for him to make the effort to travel in the past for a single match after the "high" from winning a GS.
     
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  15. Clarky21

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    Cvac doesn't need a tune up. And I think Nadal did the right thing by skipping Halle, but I don't think it helps his Wimby chances at all.
     
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    Judging from his W and Olympic grass form last year, he might be exactly the person who needs a grass tune-up! :lol: And yes I know Nadal lost in the second round at W last year, but I doubt that will happen again this year.
     
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  17. bullfan

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    Is the expectation that he should lose in the first round to save his fans?

    Or do we need to hear the voice of doom during each match?
     
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    Nadal has played a lot and has a lot to show for it.

    With all those tournaments and going all the way to the final in all of them is a tough schedule.

    It's a balancing act, get enough rest or get accustomed to grass.

    If he can make through the first few rounds at Wimbledon he should be rested and ready for the later rounds.

    Probably a good desision.
     
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  19. MichaelNadal

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    Definitely a good decision. Rest, especially after him playing so much tennis already is the only smart idea. He'll practice at Wimby and get a feel for the grass at least. Which is better than busting his knees between the FO and Wimbledon for no reason, when he has nothing to lose there.
     
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    He needed rest. He's played 9 finals in a row. That's pretty insane for a comeback. And RG was full of difficult matches this year. Rest the knee, practise on grass and arrive fresh and hungry at W. I was actually saying he shouldn't play Halle before he made his decision known. So I'm very happy he followed my advice ;)
    (He played Halle last year and that really didn't help him for W now, did it? Imo, overplaying played a big part in that traumatic early loss)
     
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  21. NLBwell

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    I don't think it is rest for his overall body he needs, but just good sense in taking care of his knees.
     
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  22. bullfan

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    Exactly. Of course, if he had a huge fee to play Halle, then he has no incentive to play W, where he gets taxed up the wazoo.
     
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  23. OKUSA

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    Should've managed his schedule better so he could warm up for Wimbledon, why play so many clay court events?
     
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  24. Sentinel

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    Bad decision. He should have won Halle and skipped Wimbledon.:)
     
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  25. TheTruth

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    This........
     
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  26. Murrayfan31

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    He better get some good lengthy practices to make up for it. Otherwise, he's going out early at Wimbledon.
     
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    i thought the more he played the better his bad knees got?
     
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  28. vive le beau jeu !

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    why not skip both ? :)
     
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    or retire altogether, right ?...................:twisted:

    10 vamoses !!
     
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    yes this is the truth.
     
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    yes and 4 SHBH's in the SF's of Halle. How sweet was that?
     
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    The two times Nads won Wimby he played Queens warm-up. He made a bad decision skipping Halle and will probably go out before the QF's.
     
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    Skip Halle? Good and bad...

    Because it's the break his knee deserves, but not the one his game needs right now. So, he'll rest it, because it can't take it. Because it's not an injury. It's a silent ban. A watchful precaution. A Dark...
     
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  34. Egoista

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    because he knew the score.....
    knew what would happen to him ........

    not dry and dusty...........but grasssssssssssssssssssssssssss
     
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  35. vive le beau jeu !

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    even better, of course. :)
    time to focus on poker and golf...

    very shbheet ! :)
     
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  36. Warmaster

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    If he has an easy draw in the first rounds it's a good decision.

    If he draws a big-hitter in the first round, it was a bad decision!

    Probabilty wise it was a good decision! :)
     
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  37. namelessone

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    Nah, it's about rest in this case.

    Nadal has made 5 WB finals but the only year where he achieved something of note in a grass warm-up was in 2008, when he won Queens. Usually he only plays 1-2 matches to get a feel for the surface and then goes out to someone or ditches the warm-up alltogether.
     
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  38. Magnus

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    When Nadal skips an event, I don't think, I'm just happy the quality of that event will increase greatly.
     
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  39. TheNatural

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    Now Fed and Murray both have easy 250 tournaments without any real competition, as neither have to contend with any of the top 4.
     
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