Nadal skips Shanghai

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Bionic Poster
He can't chase records forever, he needs to enjoy his life as well. Most players would have retired at age 33 and he is still working hard to stay at the top.
If he's ever going to win Shanghai he'll need to work a bit harder.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
I honestly think the Asian swing is no longer on Rafa's schedule. He only plays the WTF because he still has to otherwise his season would end after the USO, which is what he always wanted to do.
 
LOL the guy who literally gave his last ounce of energy to win the USO doesn't care about tennis.. We are lucky Nadal is still playing tennis at 33 let alone winning slams, yet some people can't stop moaning when he skips a meaningless masters
Djokovic is 32 and he plays even 500 tournaments, leave alone "meaningless" masters.
 
Guy won two slams and he is "gifted" the YE #1, ridiculous.

Nadal is making the right decision for himself. Maybe he actually knows there are more important things in life than tennis and records, unlike some people.
Nadal and Djokovic are pretty much equal this year, it's an even fight. So yes, when one simply decides to skip the rest of the year and not even give it a try-that's called to gift the YE#1 to the other player. Djokovic basically doesn't have to do anything now.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic is 32 and he plays even 500 tournaments, leave alone "meaningless" masters.
The Tokyo Open is Djoko's first ATP-500 tournament this year. A commitment player (any player positioned in the Top 30 as of 5 November 2018) must play a minimum of four 500 level tournaments during the calendar year (Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event will count towards the minimum of four ATP-500 events).
This year, Djoko skipped the Canada Masters.
 

JadeC

Hall of Fame
Nadal and Djokovic are pretty much equal this year, it's an even fight. So yes, when one simply decides to skip the rest of the year and not even give it a try-that's called to gift the YE#1 to the other player. Djokovic basically doesn't have to do anything now.
Nadal hasn't skipped the rest of the year, though. He is skipping 1 tournament. Djokovic is almost 2,000 points behind Nadal. He will pretty much need to be perfect through the Asian swing, Bercy, and the WTF to get YE #1. He slips up and Nadal is almost guaranteed to get it. That is not a "gift."

Also, the year doesn't end at the US Open. Whoever ends up with the most points at the end of the year deserves to be YE #1.
 

RF-18

G.O.A.T.
Nadal and Djokovic are pretty much equal this year, it's an even fight. So yes, when one simply decides to skip the rest of the year and not even give it a try-that's called to gift the YE#1 to the other player. Djokovic basically doesn't have to do anything now.
He needs to win the next two events to even stand a chance. And then possibly win both Bercy and YECs. How is that not doing anything? Dude, you are a joke.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic is 32 and he plays even 500 tournaments, leave alone "meaningless" masters.
Tokyo and Doha are the only minor events he played this year.

Such a contrast compared to Nadal who played in Acapulco and Barcelona himself, amirite...
Nadal and Djokovic are pretty much equal this year, it's an even fight. So yes, when one simply decides to skip the rest of the year and not even give it a try-that's called to gift the YE#1 to the other player. Djokovic basically doesn't have to do anything now.
Djokovic is nearly 2k points behind in the race and he "basically doesn't have to do anything now". Surely you can't be this stupid?
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
To be honest, nothing is surprising here. 99% that Nadal will skip Paris and WTF as well. I called it when he withdrew from Laver Cup.
He isn’t skipping WTF. He just isn’t a nervous wreck like yourself and he makes tactical good decisions.
He won 19 slams and about to become the goat in the most competitive single sport. If he feels his body can tolerate it he will try for YN1.
Sorry, but you need to get a grip.
 

ForumMember

Hall of Fame
He isn’t skipping WTF. He just isn’t a nervous wreck like yourself and he makes tactical good decisions.
He won 19 slams and about to become the goat in the most competitive single sport. If he feels his body can tolerate it he will try for YN1.
Sorry, but you need to get a grip.
I guess more than a grip.. may be 2-3 grips with some over-grips thrown in between.
 

upchuck

Professional
Lol clearly he isn't. Look at the race ;)
The race doesn't mean squiggly squat for what I'm talking about and you know it.

Nadal fans should enjoy his ability to win tournaments when his chief rivals––whom he hasn't beaten off-clay in years––are injured and not get cocky because we all know what will happen at the next slam in which Nadal runs into a healthy Djokovic or even Federer.

Winning the US Open with the draw Nadal had isn't the kind of thing that should give rise to any discussion beyond the fact that he won and added to his numbers, because a win with that draw says absolutely nothing more than that.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
The race doesn't mean squiggly squat for what I'm talking about and you know it.

Nadal fans should enjoy his ability to win tournaments when his chief rivals––whom he hasn't beaten off-clay in years––are injured and not get cocky because we all know what will happen at the next slam in which Nadal runs into a healthy Djokovic or even Federer.

Winning the US Open with the draw Nadal had isn't the kind of thing that should give rise to any discussion beyond the fact that he won and added to his numbers, because a win with that draw says absolutely nothing more than that.


 

D.Nalby12

Legend
Nadal should have played Shanghai + Paris + WTF. No 500 events. Yet he would be 90% favourite to finish YE#1. But seems to be satisfied with 2 Slam seasons. May not even play indoors as well.
 

Rapenj

New User
With a shoulder in the process of recovery, it is impossible for Djokovic to win everything you think the Serbian will achieve in the remainder of the season.
His shoulder is already recovered. I don't know how he did it, but that's the fact. So... He could won it all like he's done before
 
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G.O.A.T.
Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to pursue his first Rolex Shanghai Masters title. The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the eighth ATP Masters 1000 event of the year with a left hand injury.
The injury also left him unable to take the court for his second singles match last month at Laver Cup. Nadal, a two-time finalist in Shanghai (2009 and 2017). Pursuit of ATP No 1 is put on hold.

Speedy Recovery Bro

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Rapenj

New User
He's never going to win Shanghai at this rate.
Actually, he won it. It wasn't Shanghai but its equivalent, the Madrid Master Series. But it's pretty much the same thing. So the only Master 1000s in which he hasn't won are Miami and Paris Bercy.
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
Nadal in 201
With a shoulder in the process of recovery, it is impossible for Djokovic to win everything you think the Serbian will achieve in the remainder of the season.
It was fake thing. No seriously injured player would play insignificant event after getting injured. He just didn't want Wawrinka to get his confidence back
 
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I did not expect Rafa to play Shanghai anyway. He almost said as much that he would play LC and one more tournament before the WTF. Can't remember when he said it, but it stuck in my head.
He wont play Paris either. May go to WTF, although i doubt it as his marriage will be most important thing now. He has had a great season...nothing left to play for.
 
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