Nadal: "I don't know if I'll get back to #1. I am #5 and it's okay"

Fedinkum

Legend
To think 2013 was only a few years ago...anyway, let's wait and see when is Djokovic's turn to burn out like rafa... :D
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Nadal hasn't won a hard court title since Doha14?
Nadal won at least 1 title on hard every year during his prime: 2005 to 2010
Everything changed in 2011. No title on hard since then except for that stunning 2013 streak and Doha 2014.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
What has Nadal won in last couple years? 1 GS and 1 Masters, oh and a small handful of 250s? Amazingly Nadal fans were thrashing Federer in 2012/13, saying things like, "Federer hasn't won much last couple years", and, "Fed has only won 1 GS in last couple years, must be because of the weak era that he got to 17 slams". So does that mean Nadal got to 14 slams because of the weak era (esp a weak clay era)? I'm enjoying this now, what goes around comes around.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal has nothing left to prove really and #1 is not important at this point. The guy has 9 French Opens and it's safe to say that that record will never be touched. He will be the King of clay forever. If he gets back on track soon, then that will be great for him and his fans but his mark on the game is permanent.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Nadal can't beat anyone even on clay, Federer is 35, just had surgery and probably won't come back for another 4 months, Wawrinka hasn't done anything so far and Murray has a 2-22 record against these guys since mid 2013. Guys ranked below 5 are pushovers and the new generations are non-existent.

You really have to be blind to not see that this is a weak era.
Blind or willfully ignorant.
 

vernonbc

Legend



The weather was 33'c
That picture was from yesterday after the match against Lorenzi when it was over 40C (105F) degrees on the court and the humidity was 60-65%. The Heat Index chart doesn't even go that high https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index. It was past the Extreme Danger zone and the ATP was extremely irresponsible not to postpone it until later. No wonder he had nothing left in the tank to play on today.

The 33 degree weather was today's match but the humidity was 75% so again, the Heat Index was sky high. He did the best he could and had more than enough chances to win it but I'm glad he didn't because surely his body couldn't have handled another match tomorrow. I know a young man who was stricken running a race in moderately high heat but very high humidity and he nearly died. After weeks and weeks in the ICU and both kidney and liver transplants, his life has never been the same. These conditions are dangerous and I just hope Rafa these other young men haven't done any damage to themselves. No tennis match is worth that.
 

xFedal

Legend
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That picture was from yesterday after the match against Lorenzi when it was over 40C (105F) degrees on the court and the humidity was 60-65%. The Heat Index chart doesn't even go that high https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index. It was past the Extreme Danger zone and the ATP was extremely irresponsible not to postpone it until later. No wonder he had nothing left in the tank to play on today.

The 33 degree weather was today's match but the humidity was 75% so again, the Heat Index was sky high. He did the best he could and had more than enough chances to win it but I'm glad he didn't because surely his body couldn't have handled another match tomorrow. I know a young man who was stricken running a race in moderately high heat but very high humidity and he nearly died. After weeks and weeks in the ICU and both kidney and liver transplants, his life has never been the same. These conditions are dangerous and I just hope Rafa these other young men haven't done any damage to themselves. No tennis match is worth that.
How and why did Nadal play in such dangerous conditions!!! ATP Is disgusting for allowing this.
 

The_Order

G.O.A.T.
I am totally agreed with you. I think the crowd humiliation did something to his ego.
What an absurd comment. The crowd gave him a standing ovation at the end of the match because they realised that he gave it his all to give them a match despite clearly being in agony.
 

sarmpas

Hall of Fame
The saddest sight in sport is to se an Icon, arguably the best ever in his sport (muhamed ali another example) go on far too long. Nadal is finished which has been obvious since IW 2014. The FO2014 win was a miracle as he was awful then but his aura literally carried him through.
Federer is still doing well on the tour so let's hope he's an inspiration for Nadal to keep trying. I hope Nadal plays for until at least his early 30s.
 

Fedole

Semi-Pro
Should retire in the next 18 months I reckon. Either after the Olympics or RG next year. Or whatever tournament he'd prefer to do it at. Take the first ovation out of the big 3.
 

tennisfan2015

Hall of Fame
That picture was from yesterday after the match against Lorenzi when it was over 40C (105F) degrees on the court and the humidity was 60-65%. The Heat Index chart doesn't even go that high https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index. It was past the Extreme Danger zone and the ATP was extremely irresponsible not to postpone it until later. No wonder he had nothing left in the tank to play on today.
Had they done it this would be an even weaker era :)
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Its one thing being humble and accepting that the 4 players ahead of you in the rankings are better right now (and they are) but Ferrer is nipping at his heels and he's 4 years older and should be in decline way before Nadal is. Nadal should be aiming to get back into the top 4 at the very least. He can be a better and more consistant player than Wawrinka. He just needs a big change in his staff and them to help him the get the best out of what abilities he still has left.
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru




That picture was from yesterday after the match against Lorenzi when it was over 40C (105F) degrees on the court and the humidity was 60-65%. The Heat Index chart doesn't even go that high https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index. It was past the Extreme Danger zone and the ATP was extremely irresponsible not to postpone it until later. No wonder he had nothing left in the tank to play on today.

The 33 degree weather was today's match but the humidity was 75% so again, the Heat Index was sky high. He did the best he could and had more than enough chances to win it but I'm glad he didn't because surely his body couldn't have handled another match tomorrow. I know a young man who was stricken running a race in moderately high heat but very high humidity and he nearly died. After weeks and weeks in the ICU and both kidney and liver transplants, his life has never been the same. These conditions are dangerous and I just hope Rafa these other young men haven't done any damage to themselves. No tennis match is worth that.
yet another sneaky conspiracy against el martir and still no reaction from the international community :(

 

Chicharito

Hall of Fame
That picture was from yesterday after the match against Lorenzi when it was over 40C (105F) degrees on the court and the humidity was 60-65%. The Heat Index chart doesn't even go that high https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index. It was past the Extreme Danger zone and the ATP was extremely irresponsible not to postpone it until later. No wonder he had nothing left in the tank to play on today.

The 33 degree weather was today's match but the humidity was 75% so again, the Heat Index was sky high. He did the best he could and had more than enough chances to win it but I'm glad he didn't because surely his body couldn't have handled another match tomorrow. I know a young man who was stricken running a race in moderately high heat but very high humidity and he nearly died. After weeks and weeks in the ICU and both kidney and liver transplants, his life has never been the same. These conditions are dangerous and I just hope Rafa these other young men haven't done any damage to themselves. No tennis match is worth that.
and what, Thiem would be a more acceptable candidate for death in your eyes?
 

OddJack

G.O.A.T.
"It's ok", until he keeps losing even on clay and even to low ranked players, and then his tennis status is not worthy of his million dollar endorsements and half a million watch he wears because they are hurt along with him, and suddenly it's not OK anymore and he is force either to perform or retire.
So, it maybe OK, but not for long.
 
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