Guy Forget: If he (Nadal) did not have injuries, he would have already reached 20.

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
In an interview to WeLoveTennis, the French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget commented on how many more titles in Paris Rafael Nadal can win. "If he is injury-free, he will be the favourite next year. Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic can have problems.

Now he has such control on this surface that he is able to hit the right shot in the right moment. When you see him evolving at this level, he is absolutely amazing", said Forget. Asked if Nadal will break Roger Federer's 20 Majors record, Forget added: "Yeah it's possible.

He has two less than Federer and if he did not have injuries, he would have already reached 20. We are lucky in having, at the same time, two giants like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I think we should be happy about having them and not wait for the new generation too quickly because one day they will retire."

- from tennis-world-usa
 
Some players simply are not skilled enough in the sport of tennis to play a style that does not destroy their bodies. Part of an athlete's resume is availability, Rafa has failed in that department.
 

Sport

Legend
Some players simply are not skilled enough in the sport of tennis to play a style that does not destroy their bodies. Part of an athlete's resume is availability, Rafa has failed in that department.
To say that he has "failed" is a bit too much, as he just won his 18th Slam a few weeks ago at age 33. Nadal's injuries are frequent but typically not too serious, as he always comes back. He never had a career-ending injury like Murray may have.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
In an interview to WeLoveTennis, the French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget commented on how many more titles in Paris Rafael Nadal can win. "If he is injury-free, he will be the favourite next year. Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic can have problems.

Now he has such control on this surface that he is able to hit the right shot in the right moment. When you see him evolving at this level, he is absolutely amazing", said Forget. Asked if Nadal will break Roger Federer's 20 Majors record, Forget added: "Yeah it's possible.

He has two less than Federer and if he did not have injuries, he would have already reached 20. We are lucky in having, at the same time, two giants like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I think we should be happy about having them and not wait for the new generation too quickly because one day they will retire."

- from tennis-world-usa
Oh yeah, I remember Guy.

He’s a nice guy i’m sure, but wrong.
 
To say that he has "failed" is a bit too much, as he just won his 18th Slam a few weeks ago at age 33. Nadal's injuries are frequent but typically not too serious, as he always comes back. He never had a career-ending injury like Murray may have.
That's fair, but I am tired of hearing that he "could" have done this or that "if." I am sure you have heard these with if Fed did not face Rafa and blah blah blah.

Your injury history and recovery are a major part of a players abilities.
 

beard

Hall of Fame
Do this guy have time to talk about tennis? He should be on Roland Garros stadiums with hammer and screwdriver making ****n roofs.
He should be ashamed to be director of worst organised tournament in the world and should be in some hole till finish some roofs....
I don't even eant to read what he said... Idiot...
 
What was the reason for his drop in form in your opinion?
His so called "drop of form" in 2008 was only about the first 3 months of the season. Starting from the clay season he played fine, just didn't win much because he faced peak Nadal in every clay final. Then also lost a very close match to him in Wimbledon. Won USO though.
In AO he was not at his best, true. But he still was decent. Djokovic played a great tournament and deserved the win.
 

KINGROGER

G.O.A.T.
His so called "drop of form" in 2008 was only about the first 3 months of the season. Starting from the clay season he played fine, just didn't win much because he faced peak Nadal in every clay final. Then also lost a very close match to him in Wimbledon. Won USO though.
In AO he was not at his best, true. But he still was decent. Djokovic played a great tournament and deserved the win.
2008 definitely wasn’t a peak season. Regardless of if he recovered from mono, had nowhere near the confidence or authority of earlier seasons. Losing to the likes of Simon, Blake, Karlovic etc.
 
2008 definitely wasn’t a peak season. Regardless of if he recovered from mono, had nowhere near the confidence or authority of earlier seasons. Losing to the likes of Simon, Blake, Karlovic etc.
Not peak but still prime. Simon was having a very good year by the way, he also had wins over Nadal and Djokovic. (Never beat any of the big 3 after 2008 though)
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Then we have to apply Guy Forget's logic to Delpo too. At only 19yo, he smoked Nadal 2, 2, and 2 before squeezing by Fedr for slam #1. Imagine an uninjured Delpo (and the resulting psychological/physical effects after injury recoveries), how many non-RG matches would he stop Nadal from, especially the 6 he ended up winning?

Healthy Delpo would likely eat away at ALL Big5 players' slam tallies, especially Nadal's, considering Delpo destroyed him IN A SEMIFINALS of a hc slam (Delpo's best, and Nadal's worse surface), a convincing drubbing of 2, 2, and 2. And that was only the entering-prime, 19 yrs old Delpo. We likely have not seen his true peak. Injuries likely robbed us of peak-Delpo. :(

If fed had won all his matches, he’d have 40 slams
80 minimum. Fedr's on his 21st season. ;)
 

EloQuent

G.O.A.T.
do... do VB not get that bringing up mono is just countertrolling against the silly "poor injured humbalito" stuff?

perfectly willing to accept my guy's losses. you do the same, that's all. every player has excuses and stuff.
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
He's voicing what everybody in the locker room is thinking.
People in the locker room are like everyone else about it. They take it with a grain of salt when it comes to Nadal and his injuries. I'm sure they have their inside jokes as well. Tennis players have brains just like the rest of us. Rafa is a great champion, but the injury and time wasting stuff is legendary. C'mon man.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
In an interview to WeLoveTennis, the French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget commented on how many more titles in Paris Rafael Nadal can win. "If he is injury-free, he will be the favourite next year. Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic can have problems.

Now he has such control on this surface that he is able to hit the right shot in the right moment. When you see him evolving at this level, he is absolutely amazing", said Forget. Asked if Nadal will break Roger Federer's 20 Majors record, Forget added: "Yeah it's possible.

He has two less than Federer and if he did not have injuries, he would have already reached 20. We are lucky in having, at the same time, two giants like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I think we should be happy about having them and not wait for the new generation too quickly because one day they will retire."

- from tennis-world-usa
Guy Fraudjay at it again. First he screwed up Paris now somehow RG, just wait.:cautious: Oh that's right, the imbecile let Thiem v Djoko get pulled off the court way early on Friday. This guy is the worst.:mad: Sycophant screwing over everyone else for his faves.
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
People in the locker room are like everyone else about it. They take it with a grain of salt when it comes to Nadal and his injuries. I'm sure they have their inside jokes as well. Tennis players have brains just like the rest of us. Rafa is a great champion, but the injury and time wasting stuff is legendary. C'mon man.
So Nadal misses so many tournaments not due to injuries. Ok, what’s the reason then?
 
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