Nadal comments on injury (Spanish to English translation needed)

Amritia

Hall of Fame
Totally different conditions. AO is much lower bouncing and a fair bit quicker. Also the balls less lively. The USO takes Rafa spin much better.
Reports are that the courts are playing faster this year. I've not watched too much as Rafa hasn't played, but how do you think that will impact him?
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
It will be better for Raf imo. It forces him to play more aggressive and he’s capable of doing that.
Reports are that the courts are playing faster this year. I've not watched too much as Rafa hasn't played, but how do you think that will impact him?
 

Amritia

Hall of Fame
It will be better for Raf imo. It forces him to play more aggressive and he’s capable of doing that.
Yeah, I agree with this, as long as he serves well. He served well in exhibition vs Thiem, but I hope the minor back niggle doesn't reduce the speed of his serve.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Just means if he reaches the final, and loses to Djokovic, he can say he didn't get to practise on the defensive side of the game again.

Got to have those excuses ready
;)
To his credit Nadal has stopped making excuses lately. It has been many years he is accepting losses fair and square. Must have been matured with age.
 

Toronto11

New User
Totally different conditions. AO is much lower bouncing and a fair bit quicker. Also the balls less lively. The USO takes Rafa spin much better.
You would think Sampras and other big servers would have won it more then. You would also think Roddick would have made at least one final. Weird
 

Imperator

Hall of Fame
Let’s be honest, Djokovic needs Nadal to increase his chances of winning the tournament. Us Djoko fans better pray for Nadal to not have anything serious.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Totally different conditions. AO is much lower bouncing and a fair bit quicker. Also the balls less lively. The USO takes Rafa spin much better.
And Nadal still won 18 sets in a row at 2019 AO despite not even being allowed to have full practice sessions, and was up a break in the 5th Set of 2017 AO Final....
The surface suits him enough to win another AO, that is for certain.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
I don't know that it makes up for 2+ years of #1, but it sure would be better than another FO.
Meanwhile Djokovic is down there on 17 slams, while Nadal is 20 and about to be 21 at either the AO or RG....
Djokovic isn't even on the top tier, no matter how many weeks he's ranked #1....

But the FO is a given. I guarantee he wants to win more than just FO's the rest of his career.
I guarantee you a French Open loss will hurt Nadal a lot more than an Australian Open loss.
The AO simply has no impact on Nadal.... compared to the devastation of 2009 Roland Garros and 2016 (which wasn't a loss, but devastating missed opportunity at RG).
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Totally different conditions. AO is much lower bouncing and a fair bit quicker. Also the balls less lively. The USO takes Rafa spin much better.
Absolutely nothing to do with the conditions.

2009
- Won
2010 - RETIRED against Murray in the QF with knee injury
2011 - Played with hamstring injury and lost to Ferrer in the qf.
https://mobile.reuters.com/

WED JAN 26, 2011 / 6:20 AM EST
Tennis-Injury-hampered Nadal knocked out of Australian Open

Jan 26 (Reuters) - Injured top seed and world number one Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals 6-4 6-2 6-3 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Nadal, who was aiming to become the third man to hold all four grand slam titles at one time, was clearly hampered by injury from the third game of the first set.


2012 - Lost a 6 hour Match in 5 sets against Djokovic
2013 - Did not play

2014 - Lost to Stan. Played with back injury.
Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal’s pain brings an end to Stanislas Wawrinka’s long wait for a major crown

It was the Swiss No 1's first ever victory over Nadal

Paul Newman@PaulN54
Sunday 26 January 2014 12:29


2015
Rafa's worst year in his career. Lost in the QF to Berdych.

2016
Terrible draw. Lost to Verdasco in the 1st round

2017
Lost a 5 setter to Federer in the final

2018
Retired in the 5th set QF against Cilic

Rafael Nadal Retires with Injury, Marin Cilic Moves into Australian Open Semifinals
Rafael Nadal retired with injury on Tuesday, sending Marin Cilic to the Australian Open men's semifinals.
JAMIE LISANTI
JAN 23, 2018


.

2019
Lost to Djokovic in the final

2020
Lost a tight match to Thiem in the QF
 
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Amritia

Hall of Fame
Absolutely nothing to do with the conditions.

2009
- Won
2010 - RETIRED against Murray in the QF with knee injury
2011 - Played with hamstring injury and lost to Ferrer in the qf.
https://mobile.reuters.com/

WED JAN 26, 2011 / 6:20 AM EST
Tennis-Injury-hampered Nadal knocked out of Australian Open

Jan 26 (Reuters) - Injured top seed and world number one Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals 6-4 6-2 6-3 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Nadal, who was aiming to become the third man to hold all four grand slam titles at one time, was clearly hampered by injury from the third game of the first set.


2012 - Lost a 6 hour Match in 5 sets against Djokovic
2013 - Did not play

2014 - Lost to Stan. Played with back injury.
Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal’s pain brings an end to Stanislas Wawrinka’s long wait for a major crown

It was the Swiss No 1's first ever victory over Nadal

Paul Newman@PaulN54
Sunday 26 January 2014 12:29


2015
Rafa's worst year in his career. Lost in the QF to Berdych.

2016
Terrible draw. Lost to Verdasco in the 1st round

2017
Lost a 5 setter to Federer in the final

2018
Retired in the 5th set QF against Cilic
Rafael Nadal Retires with Injury, Marin Cilic Moves into Australian Open Semifinals
Rafael Nadal retired with injury on Tuesday, sending Marin Cilic to the Australian Open men's semifinals.
JAMIE LISANTI
JAN 23, 2018

.

2019
Lost to Djokovic in the final

2020
Lost a tight match to Thiem in the QF
This is all spot on.

Only 2 things I would add:
He was losing to Murray in 2010 QF even before his knee injury.
And 2016 he was in terrible form, Verdasco is a tough R1 draw but was past his prime by that point.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
This is all spot on.

Only 2 things I would add:
He was losing to Murray in 2010 QF even before his knee injury.
And 2016 he was in terrible form, Verdasco is a tough R1 draw but was past his prime by that point.
He was playing against Murray with a knee injury that's why he was losing. He went into the match with the injury.

Nadal, 23, appears to have pulled out to avoid causing any further damage to his knees, which are already under scrutiny after his long lay-off with tendinitis in 2009.

"It was a similar thing that I had last year," Nadal said. "It was impossible to win the match."
 

Amritia

Hall of Fame
He was playing against Murray with a knee injury that's why he was losing. He went into the match with the injury.
Ah I didn't know that. I remember he took the MTO early in 3rd set, and then his movement deteriorated in 3rd set.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Agassi's career was an indicator of how much slower the AO was.
Agassi's return of serve was made for the AO, because the surface gave him more time, whereas big servers would sometimes control Agassi at the US Open.
Even when Agassi won his 2nd US Open, in 1999, it was a 5-setter with Todd Martin and for a lot of that match Agassi was playing defense.
Agassi at the AO was almost as comfortable as Nadal at RG, except Agassi skipped the AO for his first 8 years.
 
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clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Agassi's career was an indicator of how much slower the AO was.
Agassi's return of serve was made for the AO, because the surface gave him more time, whereas big servers would sometimes control Agassi at the US Open.
Even when Agassi won his 2nd US Open, in 1999, it was a 5-setter with Todd Martin and for a lot of that match Agassi was playing defense.
Agassi at the AO was almost as comfortable as Nadal at RG, except Agassi skipped the AO for his first 7 years.
There will be many who would disagree with your logic and say the USO is slower than the AO because Rafa has been the most successful at the USO in the last 11 years.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Meanwhile Djokovic is down there on 17 slams, while Nadal is 20 and about to be 21 at either the AO or RG....
Djokovic isn't even on the top tier, no matter how many weeks he's ranked #1....


I guarantee you a French Open loss will hurt Nadal a lot more than an Australian Open loss.
The AO simply has no impact on Nadal.... compared to the devastation of 2009 Roland Garros and 2016 (which wasn't a loss, but devastating missed opportunity at RG).
Agree the loss would hurt more at the FO, but the win would be bigger at AO. Interesting debate though for sure.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Agree the loss would hurt more at the FO, but the win would be bigger at AO. Interesting debate though for sure.
Nadal is not that bothered about AO compared to other 3 Majors. In his book he does infer that.
Djokovic is the man in Australia. But pressure is all on Djokovic this year. Lets see how he handles it. Nadal and Federer have the proverbial cigars out for next couple of years really.
 
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