Who am I fan of then?You're not a Nadal fan so stop trolling and spamming this thread.
Well I've never found textbook techniques to be entertaining, so I definitely don't find Federer's serve entertaining.You must be kidding me
Rafa is scheduled to play his first match on Monday.Nadal started the serving practice very slow, but by the end of it seemed to be serving at normal pace. Was in conversation with Moya and his doctor during serving, but I couldn't understand what they were saying.
He could play on Sunday, but depends on whether he feels pain now.
Let’s not rush things. As of now we can’t even be sure Rafa won’t withdraw after the first match.A real question - if Rafa wins his first two matches, can he simply not play his third match to make sure he places 2nd in the RR (to control who he plays in the SF)? Would they allow that, if so under what conditions - I assume he’d have to claim injury/fatigue, but then he’d play the SF shortly after?
Otherwise, I see limited ways in which he can control his SF position easily. Most other ways would involve throwing a match but doing it carefully so as to make sure he has a higher set win % - sounds needlessly risky.
Well you can try to predict Rafa's next injury, while we'll predict his resultsLet’s not rush things. As of now we can’t even be sure Rafa won’t withdraw after the first match.
My point being - if he wins his first two matches it’s possible that he won’t be able to control his SF place. For example if it’s a three way 2-1 tie, and Rafa beat the other 2 (Zverev and Medvedev, for example, with Tsitsipas going 0-3) he’ll automatically be the winner of his RR group.Well you can try to predict Rafa's next injury, while we'll predict his results
After Rafa plays his first 2 matches he can then control the SF match-up, because he'll play the last Round Robin match (his group plays last, and he'll most likely be in the night session again) and he'll therefore know whether he needs to lose the match or whether he needs to lose a set or whatever number of games.
Whatever it takes to force a Medvedev-Djokovic SF.
I personally do not care. I think it’s an aberration that people get banned for having a different opinion on a forum meant for sharing...wait for it....opinions.I hope you guys are reporting the non-Nadal fans trolling in the Rafa News thread. The same stuff is happening on the Fed News thread and it shouldn't be happening.
Rafa is 11-1 vs. his group, so he clearly doesn't need to be at his athletic bestI know he has the best care, but his injury was suffered just a week ago. That's not very long to heal, especially when expected to be at one's athletic best to compete against the best. Perhaps they are hoping he'll be able to do good enough to squeak through the RR to qualify for the end rounds...and as the days go by, heal further.
Will 80% be enough? We;'ll find out. I hope so. At this time of the year what has he got to lose. Davis Cup? who cares. Just so he's ready for the AO.
Again you're constantly spamming this thread with absurdities. We understand you're not a Nadal fan, and your attempts to mock Nadal and his fans has officially become boring. You will soon be banned from the forum if you persist, in my opinion.Rafa is 11-1 vs. his group, so he clearly doesn't need to be at his athletic best
He can serve all 2nd Serves and beat these guys.
In practice his serve seemed decent by the end of the session... but it's hard to tell if it was causing pain or if he can sustain a proper first serve throughout the match. Moya said he's at 80% which isn't great... if there's any chance of injury exacerbation he should quit.Well the fact that he is still practicing is a good sign. But we need to temper expectations till the first match is over
I agree. And that assumes Moya is telling the truth. It would be more likely that the Nadal camp is playing down the injury. Again, the injury is only a week old, and it takes time for things to heal. He will be going up against the top 8 players in the world, most of whom are younger than Rafa. It really doesnt matter what their previous head to head record is if they smell blood in the water.
80% doesn't mean 80% health, it means form
Agreed but practice and match play are very different - stresses and strains are hard to replicate....In practice you remember to hold back and aggravate injury - different in a match - adrenaline may get you through a match but you will feel it afterwards...Would be surprised if he makes it through the week but lets wait and hopeWell the fact that he is still practicing is a good sign. But we need to temper expectations till the first match is over
Its a known fact that Rafa hits a lot harder in practice than he does in matches, so if Rafa is fine in practice then he'll have absolutely no problem in matches.Agreed but practice and match play are very different - stresses and strains are hard to replicate....In practice you remember to hold back and aggravate injury - different in a match - adrenaline may get you through a match but you will feel it afterwards...Would be surprised if he makes it through the week but lets wait and hope
I would have thought a post like this would have 20+ likes, but only 3 so far.ATP Finals
November 10, 2019
Translated from Spanish:
José Morón (a journalist): “Carlos Moyà confirms that Nadal is "in optimal conditions" to play tomorrow. He felt good during today’s training..."
Any news about Rafa? What about his preparation for today match against Zverev? Hopefully he is perfectly healthy this time.