Nadal's right knee is increasingly fragile

#1
In three consecutive years, Nadal suffered from the same right knee injury. Let's count:

In 2017 he played 10 non-clay tournaments (Brisbane, AO, Mexico, Indian wells, Miami, WC, Montreal, Cincinnati, USO, Beijing) before injured the right knee in Shanghai.
In 2018 he played only three non-clay tournaments (AO, WC, Toronto) before injured the right knee in USO.
This year he played only two non-clay tournaments (AO, Mexico) before the same injury strikes again.

It looks that Nadal's right knee
1. is hardly to get cured.
2. cannot stand high-intensity competition on the hard/grass courts any more.

It is still highly likely that Nadal will shake any injury off on the clay court and dominate the upcoming RG. But if the right knee injury trend continues, his chance on non-RG slams is becoming slim.
 
#7
Don't worry the best doctors on the planet are already prepping his bionic knee replacement that will give him 140mph serves and 7000rpm forehands.
as a fed fan, you should be more concerned with djokovic. i have a feeling that nadal is no longer a threat to fed's slam record, could be abysmally wrong ofcourse. just a feeling.
 
#8
My palms were sweaty, and I started to shake at first
Something told me, "Try to fake a stomach ache, it works"
I screamed, "Ow! My appendix feel like they could burst!
Teacher, teacher, quick I need a naked nurse!"
"What's the matter?" "I don't know, my leg, it hurts!"
"Leg?! I thought you said it was your tummy?"
"Oh, I mean it is, but I also got a bum knee!"
 
#10
Rafa played in the AO final 6 weeks ago, let's all back away from the ledge. Will he continue to battle injury and need luck to remain healthy on HC? Yes, but that has been the case for his ENTIRE career.
What's really worrisome is that Nadal battled the SAME injury in the last three years. Apparently doctors cannot cure his right knee. If Nadal withdraw and take a rest, his right knee will not pain and he could play on the hard/grass courts again, yet that is just the start of another right knee injury cycle...
 

DSH

Professional
#11
In three consecutive years, Nadal suffered from the same right knee injury. Let's count:

In 2017 he played 10 non-clay tournaments (Brisbane, AO, Mexico, Indian wells, Miami, WC, Montreal, Cincinnati, USO, Beijing) before injured the right knee in Shanghai.
In 2018 he played only three non-clay tournaments (AO, WC, Toronto) before injured the right knee in USO.
This year he played only two non-clay tournaments (AO, Mexico) before the same injury strikes again.

It looks that Nadal's right knee
1. is hardly to get cured.
2. cannot stand high-intensity competition on the hard/grass courts any more.

It is still highly likely that Nadal will shake any injury off on the clay court and dominate the upcoming RG. But if the right knee injury trend continues, his chance on non-RG slams is becoming slim.

He loves to play in Wimbledon!.
 
#12
My palms were sweaty, and I started to shake at first
Something told me, "Try to fake a stomach ache, it works"
I screamed, "Ow! My appendix feel like they could burst!
Teacher, teacher, quick I need a naked nurse!"
"What's the matter?" "I don't know, my leg, it hurts!"
"Leg?! I thought you said it was your tummy?"
"Oh, I mean it is, but I also got a bum knee!"
Threw up mom's spaghetti...
 

weakera

Hall of Fame
#14
What's really worrisome is that Nadal battled the SAME injury in the last three years. Apparently doctors cannot cure his right knee. If Nadal withdraw and take a rest, his right knee will not pain and he could play on the hard/grass courts again, yet that is just the start of another right knee injury cycle...
Rafa has had recurring injuries always. Not new, and Rafa was in the AO final 6 weeks ago, USO SF before that, Wimbledon de facto final before that RG champion before that... etc...
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#15
Yeah, it's not looking good as far as HCs are concerned. The list of tournaments Nadal has withdrawn/retired from on HC is growing fast. And the only one he's finished in the last 1.5 years or so is the AO 2019 where he got beaten badly by Djokovic.
 
#19
Yeah, it's not looking good as far as HCs are concerned. The list of tournaments Nadal has withdrawn/retired from on HC is growing fast. And the only one he's finished in the last 1.5 years or so is the AO 2019 where he got beaten badly by Djokovic.
What a Nadal hater.

In the last 1.5 years, Nadal reached the 2019 AO final (Federer lost in the 4 R), won 2018 Toronto, reached the 2018 USO SF (Federer hasn't done that since 2015) and won the 2017 US Open (Federer hasn't done that since 2008). So it is far from true that "the only one he's finished in the last 1.5 years or so is the AO 2019".
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#20
What a Nadal hater.

In the last 1.5 years, Nadal reached the 2019 AO final (Federer lost in the 4 R), won 2018 Toronto, reached the 2018 USO SF (Federer hasn't done that since 2015) and won the 2017 US Open (Federer hasn't done that since 2008). So it is far from true that "the only one he's finished in the last 1.5 years or so is the AO 2019".
Sorry I don't keep track of Nadal's every move. Nadal News 2.0 is good for it though.
 

Wander

Professional
#22
I think Nadal should probably semi-retire from hard court tennis for the sake of his health. He could do just the slams + one warm-up before each and otherwise focus fully on the clay tournaments.
 
#26
IW—WO
Acapulco—loss to Kyrgios
AO—Djoko drubbing
USO—retired vs Delpo down 2 sets
Canada—won
AO—retirement vs. Cilic in 5th set
Tour Finals—loss to Goffin then withdrawal from tournament
Paris—WO vs Krajinovic
Shanghai—drubbed by Federer in Finals
 
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#27
it doesn't really matter because it has no impact on his clay tennis.
hardcourts send vibrations through the body, so stay away from hardcourt and no problem :)
he can just focus on the 2 hardcourt slams each year and avoid all other hardcourt events.
he's good enough to work his way into form in the 1st week of hardcourt slams anyway.
 
#32
And Federer is getting heat for skipping the clay season.....

Go figure.

:cool:
I never shared the criticism toward Federer for that. Some Nadal fans criticized Federer for not playing clay, but I always found it a respetable decission. Maybe skipping Roland Garros was too much though. I think this year he used the perfect strategy: playing only 1 warmup tournament on clay and Roland Garros.
 
#33
it doesn't really matter because it has no impact on his clay tennis.
hardcourts send vibrations through the body, so stay away from hardcourt and no problem :)
he can just focus on the 2 hardcourt slams each year and avoid all other hardcourt events.
he's good enough to work his way into form in the 1st week of hardcourt slams anyway.
I agree he should only play Grand Slams on hard courts and avoid Masters 1000 on that surface.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#34
I never shared the criticism toward Federer for that. Some Nadal fans criticized Federer for not playing clay, but I always found it a respetable decission. Maybe skipping Roland Garros was too much though. I think this year he used the perfect strategy: playing only 1 warmup tournament on clay and Roland Garros.
I wasn't criticizing Nadal. Just giving the general picture of the situation. I don't know what Federer's clay plans are, but I'm sure if Federer makes it to Nadal that Nadal will beat him on that surface wherever it is.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#35
I never shared the criticism toward Federer for that. Some Nadal fans criticized Federer for not playing clay, but I always found it a respetable decission. Maybe skipping Roland Garros was too much though. I think this year he used the perfect strategy: playing only 1 warmup tournament on clay and Roland Garros.
Of course you didn't.

:unsure:
 

-snake-

Professional
#36
IW—WO
Acapulco—loss to Kyrgios
AO—Djoko drubbing
USO—retired vs Delpo down 2 sets
Canada—loss to Tsistipas
AO—retirement vs. Cilic in 5th set
Tour Finals—loss to Goffin then withdrawal from tournament
Paris—WO vs Krajinovic
Shanghai—drubbed by Federer in Finals

He actually won Canada and beat Sissypants, but he got to the final thanks to Chokic.
 
#39
My palms were sweaty, and I started to shake at first
Something told me, "Try to fake a stomach ache, it works"
I screamed, "Ow! My appendix feel like they could burst!
Teacher, teacher, quick I need a naked nurse!"
"What's the matter?" "I don't know, my leg, it hurts!"
"Leg?! I thought you said it was your tummy?"
"Oh, I mean it is, but I also got a bum knee!"
Add this to Nadal decline poetry thread before it is gone.
 
#45
What a Nadal hater.

In the last 1.5 years, Nadal reached the 2019 AO final (Federer lost in the 4 R), won 2018 Toronto, reached the 2018 USO SF (Federer hasn't done that since 2015) and won the 2017 US Open (Federer hasn't done that since 2008). So it is far from true that "the only one he's finished in the last 1.5 years or so is the AO 2019".
He never finished the USO cause he retired due to injury. Since Shanghai 2017, Toronto and AO are the only HC tournaments he has finished, the rest he either retired mid match or withdrew before the tournament began. That post was not meant to be hateful I'm sure.
 
#47
Tooth. You left out the tooth. He had a legit tooth injury a few years ago.
Sadly there is no wheel in the world big enough to cover all of Nadal injuries. On the plus side tho, maybe by the end of this year i will be able to post a picture of the human body with 2-3 red arrows pointing to the areas of the body Nadal has yet to be injured.
 
#48
Sadly there is no wheel in the world big enough to cover all of Nadal injuries. On the plus side tho, maybe by the end of this year i will be able to post a picture of the human body with 2-3 red arrows pointing to the areas of the body Nadal has yet to be injured.
He is going to look like a hedgehog.

Jesus, this guy is just so epic.
 
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