why did nadal fake a knee injury?

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  1. drgnpride

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    he fakes an injury and comes out with a piece of tape below the knee over the upper tibia? what was that, there's no injury in that area that a piece of tape will treat. probably he thinks, 'if i win, i can say i did it with a bad knee, if i lose, i have an excuse'
     
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  2. Alex132

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    your dumb dude.....why would Nadal do that...He doesn't need excuses, he plays exceptionally, nobody would say to him that he lost that grand slam because he sucks.
     
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  3. arnz

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    Its called patellar tendonitis - just like tennis elbow. If youve ever seen people play with those arm bands just below the elbow, its the same principle, to stabilize the ligament to make it less painful.

    He was leading 4-1 in the fourth set, he had momentum on his side, and the last thing he would want to do is to give any sign of weakness. If you think he faked that then I'd have to agree...you're one dumb dude
     
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  4. eldoop

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    I've definitely had my knee taped there. Its actually an extremely strange feeling. I thought it was pretty difficult to get used to and uncomfortable as well. The injury I suffered was a subluxed patella which forced me to use the tape job for a week or two. Tape in that area will among other things help stabilize the patella.
     
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  5. ATPattic

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    Why would he fake an injury for an exscuse. Hes played so much tennis. even though he is the fittest guy hes only human
     
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  6. Don Felder

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    I'm a collegiate tennis player and I have suffered from patellular tendonitis since last August - it is a very hard injury to shake. I've gone through extensive physical therapy, been on prescription NSAIDs, taken extensive time off, iced, heated, stretched, everything else and I can't quite shake it all the way. With Nadal's style, length of match, and overall quantity of matches, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see him come down with this. This injury does not discriminate, regardless of how fit or out of shape you are. Common sufferers of it include runners, sprinters, jumpers, volleyball players, and basketball players (it is also called jumper's knee).

    I highly doubt he was faking it, although the taping manner was unusual - I was always taped with the single band like you see Ljubicic and Fish wear sometimes, it supposedly re-aligns everything and distributes the impact more evenly. Anyway, I'm not shocked at all to see Nadal suffer an injury like this and I'm sure we'll see more of it in the future if he doesn't tone down his schedule. His style is what it is and can't really be changed, but he can certainly cut down on his # of tournaments played. If he's really coming down with a bad case of patellular tendonitis, then his hard court season isn't going to be very successful...
     
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  7. fps

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    Yeah it's the classic match-winning play; fake a knee injury just as you're running away with a crucial set in a GS final and your opponent's mentally collapsed and started arguing with Hawkeye, then get it fake-taped and fake having your movement impaired by it.

    WTF!?
     
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  8. MoFed

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    arnz is right. Nadal had the match in his grasp, I doubt he would fake an injury just to make up an excuse. And considering his reaction to losing the match, i.e. head hanging, this was something he really wanted to do. Perhaps in his eyes it was a chance to stop Roger's streak like Roger snapped his. In the end, all the tennis he played last week caught up with him and did not allow him to really move well at the end of the match. (I would bet that this injury is tired to the amount tennis matches he had to play to get to the finals.)
     
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  9. Vision84

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    I had this knee a month ago and it was very unpleasant. I couldn't bend my knee and was forced to bend from my back and my level of tennis went way down and I was forced to stop playing for a while. Anyways after Nadal had his knee taped he had some poor serves and at least one double fault straight away which appeared to be due to not being able to push off from his legs properly making the injury seem to be a logical reason.
     
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  10. prince

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    maybe he did not watch the coria-gaudio RG final.....
     
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  11. MikeZee

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    I'd just like to add that this is not an 'out of the blue' injury for Nadal. If you look at some footage of last year's Shanghai Masters, you'll notice that he had rubber bands on one or both of his knees at the very same place. And as those who've experienced tendinitis will attest, these kind of injuries have the tendency to never quite go away.
     
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  12. Swissv2

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    Nadal was not faking it. This, like many other troll posts, is yet another immature thread.
     
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  13. FarFed

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    Stupid thread. Conspiracy theories abound!

    What next? Coria faking his limping at RG '04?
     
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  14. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    He did not fake his injury and in his interview he addressed the issue. Please read the interview. I would post it but I just wont... :rolleyes:
     
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  15. tennis_hand

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    THIS TIME AROUND he is not faking it. don't spread conspiracy. lol.
     
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  16. tlm

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    Only someone that knows nothing about tennis would make this statement.Ya he fakes an injury while he is in total control of the set+he has fed out there crying like a baby.That would be the perfect time to fake an injury, duh!!!!!
     
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  17. Adrupert

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    I thought it was fake too, but not for the lame reasons you say. I thought it was to try to get Fed's guard down.
     
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  18. tlm

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    Ya good time to get feds guard down in the middle of a set he is blowing him away!!
     
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    Nadal was not faking an injury. That type of sportsmanship belongs to Federer. Faking an injury to get out of Halle.
     
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    Yawn. Who saw something like this coming?
     
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  21. oscar_2424

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    why are such a dumbass?
     
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  22. wmrhawk

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    i am inclined to believe his injury was real, but the first thing i thought when i saw the tape job was that it looked like it would cut off his circulation.
     
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    this has to be the worst thread i ever read
     
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  24. inquisitive

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    This injury or not had no effect on the match. Nadal was still chasing the balls down. He lost because Fed came through!
     
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    brilliance.
     
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  26. TennezSport

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    No fake

    If you look back at Rafa's history, you will see that he has suffered from patellular tendonitis in both knees for some time now. Remember when he used to wear yellow bands below both knees when he played???

    This has always been my concern with Rafa over the last few years, as he has had 2 foot surgeries, patellular tendonitis in both knees several times, torn stomach muscles, torn bicep muscles, torn pecks, along with hip and ankle problems all by the age of 21.

    At this rate if he does not pace himself, body parts will be falling off by age 23. Rafa's game is so hard the body from his chasing everything down to the harsh swings he take on every ball to generate the massive spin he gets; something has got to give sooner or later. With the hard court season coming up, he will take a lot more punishment on his body. Rafa is good for the game but I worry that he will go out in a ball of flames one day.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  27. serve/and/volley

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    Even if Nadal's body parts fall off, he will become tennis' 2nd coming of Borg, that is Rafa Nadal, the incredible tennis Robo-Cy-Borg! He will then become unstoppable! He will not only play 10 ft behind the baseline, he will play from up on the stands as well. Now he will be able to get to any shot, anywhere! Overheads are no easy points any more! Robo-Nadal will become Pong with wheels. After transforming into Robo-Nadal, he will then later evolve to play tennis without a racquet. While playing in a thunderstruck U.S. Open match he will be struck by lightning, and then he will discover telekinetic superpowers that can alter the direction, speed, spin of the tennis ball. Robo-Nadal-Cy-Borg will become The Prince of Tennis meets Wolverine meets The Matrix meets MechaGodzilla! RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
     
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    I saw the 4th and 5th set, I don't have it recorded or anything, but I am quite sure I remember what happened. There was some critical point (maybe for a second break) in the fourth that Nadal won with a half-volley backhand pass from near the baseline, as he was slipping and falling. After that he was not walking normally and ended up getting a trainer to treat the knee. He closed the 4th since he already was up two breaks, but was too injured to school Fed in the 5th. So that's why the grassy-slicey-pushy won this time.
     
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  29. princess bossass

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    I dunno; ask him.

    By the way, why do you beat your wife?
     
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  30. TheKingOfClay

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    wow, he decided to fake a knee injury, even though he was WINNING... wow... what a joke... too bad he hurt his knee, we might have seen a different result...
     
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  31. Fries-N-Gravy

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    because he wanted to lose the final to keep rivalry alive
     
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  32. Gasquetrules

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    I figure it was just a result of all the tennis...

    Nadal had such a hard road to the final, that I was amazed that he made it. I expected him to lose to Berdych, after the tough matches with Soderling and Youzhny. Both Djokovic and Gasquet were well off form in their semi-final matches because of the back-up match schedules. I guess it proves that Nadal is mortal, too.

    I took nine days off from tennis to go on vacation recently. I played a fair amount of basketball during this time as a cross training sport and to keep from putting on pounds, and I got a tender tendon just below my right petella as a result of all the leaping, pivoting, etc. Probably the same thing Nadal has. I attribute it to the diffrent kind of stress (more vertical movement) from basketball, something I'm not quite used to.

    I sure hope it goes away in a few days! I was playing very good tennis before this.

    Regarding the final, Fed did play some pretty tight tennis. The fear was obvious in his game. Even if Nadal were to begin falling apart physically, Djokovic will prove an even more difficult foe in next year's Wimbledon for Federer. Novak would have beaten Nadal had he not had the foot problems. And look out for Gasquet. He's a brilliant shotmaker and is proving that he's a much better player on faster surfaces than on clay, much like Mauresmo. The French are always looking for their best players to win Roland Garros, but the French style of all-court play these player learn prepares them to win at Wimbledon, instead.

    With all the young talent out there, Federer will be lucky to equal Sampras' 14 slam wins before he retires. For sure, the next three will be much harder to come by than the last three were.
     
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  33. anointedone

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    Federer wont be lucky to win more then 14 slams. It would be a miracle if he didnt. He is barely 26, not old. I believe in Nadal's ability to win slams outside the French, but since he hasnt even won one yet it is premature to start assuming many right away. Gasquet and Djokovic I see great future potential but 3 slams for their entire careers is probably generous, let alone many in the near future with Federer and Nadal so dominant.
     
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