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OddJack 02-06-2013 08:20 AM

Clay, Sweet Clay
 
Interesting read from wall steet journal regarding comebacks after injury, and Nadal's



http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2013/0...tp-world-tour/


Two players who began a hiatus of at least six months when ranked in the top 10, then fell out of the top 10 while gone from the game, each took over a year to return to the rankings’ highest reaches. Juan Martin del Potro had the fastest comeback, but did so at age 22, four years younger than Nadal. Tommy Haas was 25 when he came back to the game and took three years to get back into the top 10. Neither had the record of Nadal. John McEnroe, who’s in the same class of all-time greats as Nadal, was already in the top 10 when he returned, like Nadal, and he was back at fighting trim quickly, winning three straight titles at the end of 1986 after missing seven-and-a-half months earlier in the year.

Nadal’s own, briefer hiatus provides a clue as to how he’ll do. Like last year, his 2009 absence of two-and-a-half months from tour came after he’d just run a series of clay titles and then suffered a surprise upset at a Grand Slam tournament. He returned two-and-a-half months later, ranked second in the world, and played exclusively on hard courts for 11 straight tournaments. It didn’t go well, by his high standards. Nadal didn’t win a title, reached just two finals and went 2-11 against the top 10. Then he got back onto clay, won 22 straight matches and the year’s last three majors. This time, Nadal has been gone for much longer. All the better, then, that his return comes on clay this time.

vive le beau jeu ! 02-06-2013 09:40 AM

there was an interesting thread about comebacks after > 6 months absences, some time ago:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showt...ght=krajicek#6

Chanwan 02-06-2013 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by OddJack (Post 7195560)
Interesting read from wall steet journal regarding comebacks after injury, and Nadal's



http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2013/0...tp-world-tour/


Two players who began a hiatus of at least six months when ranked in the top 10, then fell out of the top 10 while gone from the game, each took over a year to return to the rankings’ highest reaches. Juan Martin del Potro had the fastest comeback, but did so at age 22, four years younger than Nadal. Tommy Haas was 25 when he came back to the game and took three years to get back into the top 10. Neither had the record of Nadal. John McEnroe, who’s in the same class of all-time greats as Nadal, was already in the top 10 when he returned, like Nadal, and he was back at fighting trim quickly, winning three straight titles at the end of 1986 after missing seven-and-a-half months earlier in the year.

Nadal’s own, briefer hiatus provides a clue as to how he’ll do. Like last year, his 2009 absence of two-and-a-half months from tour came after he’d just run a series of clay titles and then suffered a surprise upset at a Grand Slam tournament. He returned two-and-a-half months later, ranked second in the world, and played exclusively on hard courts for 11 straight tournaments. It didn’t go well, by his high standards. Nadal didn’t win a title, reached just two finals and went 2-11 against the top 10. Then he got back onto clay, won 22 straight matches and the year’s last three majors. This time, Nadal has been gone for much longer. All the better, then, that his return comes on clay this time.

Yeah, he's one of the best tennis journos.

I expect Nadal to pull a McEnroe - especially given the place he's chosen for his comeback and the fact that I regard Delpo's surgery in the wrist as a far more serious injury.

sureshs 02-06-2013 09:44 AM

Nadal will make sure to lose couple of times in the 3 tourneys he is playing, as a sign of respect to the locals for facilitating his comeback, and because he is humble in general.

DropShotArtist 02-06-2013 04:37 PM

^^^ oh great, the excuses beginning already from humbalito's fans.:-|

axel89 02-06-2013 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by DropShotArtist (Post 7196704)
^^^ oh great, the excuses beginning already from humbalito's fans.:-|

suresh isn't a fan he's a troll


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