Nadal v Ferrer Australian Open 2011. How did he lose this match?

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
What happened in this match and how did Nadal lose it so badly? He lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal had won the previous 3 slams and after this loss, he went on to reach the next 5 slam finals (winning 2 of them and losing the other 3 to Djokovic). But this loss to Ferrer in straight sets during that period sticks out like a sore thumb, yet I never see it get talked about. So how did he lose this match?
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Ferrer was in wolverine mode it was ridiculous. I literally remember being mad at how ridiculously well he was playing. Like Rafa owed him child support :oops:
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
What happened in this match and how did Nadal lose it so badly? He lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal had won the previous 3 slams and after this loss, he went on to reach the next 5 slam finals (winning 2 of them and losing the other 3 to Djokovic). But this loss to Ferrer in straight sets during that period sticks out like a sore thumb, yet I never see it get talked about. So how did he lose this match?
Nadal pulled his hamstring early in the match.
 

ibbi

Legend
What happened in this match and how did Nadal lose it so badly? He lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal had won the previous 3 slams and after this loss, he went on to reach the next 5 slam finals (winning 2 of them and losing the other 3 to Djokovic). But this loss to Ferrer in straight sets during that period sticks out like a sore thumb, yet I never see it get talked about. So how did he lose this match?
He hurt himself literally in the second or third game of the match. Went off court at the first sit down, and the writing was written large on the wall from then on. Didn't pull out because he felt bad having done so the year before.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
If he didn't get injured it would have been a thrilling match-up with Djokovic, because when they met at 2011 Indian Wells and Miami they were extremely close wins for Djokovic, including 3rd Set tiebreaker at Miami.
Nadal had beaten Djokovic at 2010 US Open and 2010 World Tour Finals, so meeting at the AO there would have been no mental edge for Djokovic.
 

Amen786

Semi-Pro
If he didn't get injured it would have been a thrilling match-up with Djokovic, because when they met at 2011 Indian Wells and Miami they were extremely close wins for Djokovic, including 3rd Set tiebreaker at Miami.
Nadal had beaten Djokovic at 2010 US Open and 2010 World Tour Finals, so meeting at the AO there would have been no mental edge for Djokovic.
Djokovic would have murdered Nadal at Australia open 2011.
Literally murdered.
And I prefer nadal over Djokovic
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Djokovic would have murdered Nadal at Australia open 2011.
Literally murdered.
And I prefer nadal over Djokovic
Impossible, it took Djokovic 6 hours at 2012 AO .....and there was no murdering in any of their hardcourt meetings in 2011.
And Djokovic had no confidence in this rivalry heading into 2011 AO, and you need confidence when you face your nemesis at slams.
 

goldengate14

Professional
What happened in this match and how did Nadal lose it so badly? He lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal had won the previous 3 slams and after this loss, he went on to reach the next 5 slam finals (winning 2 of them and losing the other 3 to Djokovic). But this loss to Ferrer in straight sets during that period sticks out like a sore thumb, yet I never see it get talked about. So how did he lose this match?
Nadal was injured. And remained injured for most of 2011 as his foot speed was way off and that was the yesr his physical ailments started to restrict him. It is remarkable what he hss done these last 10 years. Amazing. Hats off to him
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Nadal was injured. And remained injured for most of 2011 as his foot speed was way off and that was the yesr his physical ailments started to restrict him. It is remarkable what he hss done these last 10 years. Amazing. Hats off to him
So you're discrediting all of Djokovic's wins against him that year? Wow.:oops:
 

Amen786

Semi-Pro
Impossible, it took Djokovic 6 hours at 2012 AO .....and there was no murdering in any of their hardcourt meetings in 2011.
And Djokovic had no confidence in this rivalry heading into 2011 AO, and you need confidence when you face your nemesis at slams.
2012 was the year when Djokovic had a 5 hour marathon vs Murray in the semis, his form was not remotely comparable to 2011 (the best Australia open he's played) and yet should have absolutely taken down Nadal in 4 sets.
 
Nadal was injured very early on in the match and played it out while never in a position to win

Take nothing away from Ferrer as it goes into the books as a match win, and anyone without knowledge of the context won't know any better.

Nadal's motivation for playing the match out is a mystery to me, but could have been any number of things:

- feeling guilty about the 2010 retirement
- playing the match out to give Ferrer the outright win (no Ret. listed in results - that way the stats monkeys wont know any better when looking it up on wikipedia)
- playing the match out so Ferrer gets the extra match play.
 

Djokodal Fan

Hall of Fame
I don’t think I need to go through this thread to read responses from nadal fans. It’s very clear nadal has to be injured. Healthy nadal never loses. Nobody beats healthy nadal….ever!
 

RelentlessAttack

Hall of Fame
What happened in this match and how did Nadal lose it so badly? He lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal had won the previous 3 slams and after this loss, he went on to reach the next 5 slam finals (winning 2 of them and losing the other 3 to Djokovic). But this loss to Ferrer in straight sets during that period sticks out like a sore thumb, yet I never see it get talked about. So how did he lose this match?
Hamstring injury derailed first part of 2011 and also he served like crap most of that year.
 
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