5 Things About Nadal Withdrawal from AO

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by nikdom, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. matchmaker

    matchmaker Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2007
    1. I think he would try to make the best of his time both on clay and grass, the two surfaces on which he has the best shot to win more GS titles.

    2. You are probably right

    3. Same as 2.

    4. Delpo, Berdych and Ferrer are pretty different players. I feel Delpo has a lot more potential than the other two. If one of those three were to bag a slam, I would excpet it to be Delpo. However, I might see Ferrer rise to the number 4 spot in virtue of his consistence. I would still find it hard to imagine Ferrer winning a slam. He is very good but lacks something against the big guns when he gets to the semi-finals.

    5. It will indeed become difficult for Nadal to surpass Sampras, although if he sticks to a combination of RG and Wimbledon it might be possible.

    After such a long time, one might wonder if Rafa is ever coming back anyway.
  2. Minion

    Minion Hall of Fame

    Aug 18, 2012
    :) no denying that.
  3. zagor

    zagor Talk Tennis Guru

    Sep 13, 2007
    Weak era
    Yeah, I also think that's a bunch of bull.

    Even if Novak's win over Nadal on HC in 2011 were lopsided (and I personally wouldn't say they were), the last HC slam Nadal played he lost in the final, in a close 5 setter to the best HC player on the tour.

    Nadal might be afraid of HCs because of his knees but not due to facing competition on that surface IMO.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  4. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    Something I think people are forgetting is that the AO is in January and RG is in May-June. He will have gone ~a year of playing high level matches unless he plays his favorite clay Masters. If this is his strategy, then those will show his real shot at winning RG again. Him returning only at RG is frankly rather silly if he hopes to get through even the quarters.
  5. abmk

    abmk Talk Tennis Guru

    Dec 9, 2008
    all facts and reality >> accept it ........ :)

    in IW 2011, nole dominated after the first set ..... how was it super-close ???

    and djoker missing those chances in the 4th set of the AO final are a fact .... go watch the match again ....

    one thing I will agree with you though, nadal isn't afraid of coming back to HCs because of nole, but because of his knee problems ....
  6. TennezSport

    TennezSport Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2006
    Northern NJ, USA
    Rafa Confused.........

    One of the problems that make it difficult to figure out what is going on with Rafa is the confusing statements. This morning I saw this and siad what the hell???

    And then we hear this, so which is it???

    Source = USRSA Daily Tennis News [DailyTennisNews@RacquetTECH.com]
    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
  7. Sabratha

    Sabratha Talk Tennis Guru

    Jun 6, 2012
    Is it too early to say Nadal is going the same way Soderling did?
  8. Clarky21

    Clarky21 Banned

    Apr 9, 2011

    No. I don't think he will be back at all and even if he is he won't be the same. Nadal's career ended after Wimby last year.
  9. Vrad

    Vrad Professional

    Aug 25, 2012
    I find this hard to buy. #1 hard courts are irrelevant. Nadal did not play any HC matches after RG.

    Grass courts, while not as easy as clay, are closer to clay than HCs as far as impact goes.

    Still, I find it hard to buy the idea that 7 Clay court matches, against top notch players, had less impact on his knees than 2 grass court matches. Especially since he showed no sign during the loss to Rosol of any knee issues.

    Personally, its a fact that almost all players play with some sort of injury at all times. I think Nadal's threshold for dealing with injury/pain has dropped significantly, especially when he isn't sure of winning. Which is why he is mentally willing to play on clay even if he may be injured, but is unwilling to play on other surfaces even if he feels a slight niggle.
  10. citybert

    citybert Hall of Fame

    Nov 9, 2011
    true, doesn't he have a partially torn patella and he didn't go under the knife. Not sure if there some type of designer therapy that can regrow the tendon(i think) but how can he not try surgery if it doesn't work out this time.

    I know there is no fix for his degenerative foot issue that is probably affecting this and I agree there is probably no procedure there.
  11. Tennis_Hands

    Tennis_Hands G.O.A.T.

    Oct 26, 2009
    Inside the service box - the business end
    Federer has more titles from HC Majors than **** and Djoko combined. At the age of 31 his knees are doing just fine.

    Nah, there must be another explanation. HC are fine.

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