Novak heading where humans have not set foot for 5.000 years

Sudacafan

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Please, we shoud focus on the thread topic: the cave where the last men set foot 5000 years ago.
 
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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Not quite true. Nadal was almost certainly a bit physically spent after the long, marathon semi-final he played against Djokovic the day before.
You didn't get the point I was making @Mainad, I am exposing double standards. If Nadal was tired in Madrid 2009, then Djokovic was sure as heck tired in Rome 2019, yet we don't hear that from some, it was just that because Nadal was fit and healthy he bagelled him...in other words it's all about what was happening on Nadal's side of the net, and nothing to do with Djokovic feeling exhausted that he got bagelled for the first time on clay by Nadal, when peak 2008 Nadal couldn't do it.
 

clayqueen

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You didn't get the point I was making @Mainad, I am exposing double standards. If Nadal was tired in Madrid 2009, then Djokovic was sure as heck tired in Rome 2019, yet we don't hear that from some, it was just that because Nadal was fit and healthy he bagelled him...in other words it's all about what was happening on Nadal's side of the net, and nothing to do with Djokovic feeling exhausted that he got bagelled for the first time on clay by Nadal, when peak 2008 Nadal couldn't do it.
So why did Nadal bagel Djokovic at RG 2020?
 

clayqueen

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The way you hid for several weeks after the fallout of the GOAT quest at RG and the 21st slam for a certain player. :)

You know you don't have to go in hard on Novak all the time. ;)
I was just gutted that Rafa's bad luck with injury reared it's head again. I just needed time get over it.
 

clayqueen

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Why and how did Nadal lose to Djokovic in RG SF of all places in this year's edition? Oh right he was injured.
Nadal had a foot injury in Roland-Garros semi-final against Djokovic, reveals Forget

Tournament director Guy Forget revealed some surprising news about Rafael Nadal at the end of the French Open on Sunday — telling the press that he had a foot injury during his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

It was a passing comment in the end-of-tournament press conference, with Forget mentioning that the 13-time Paris champion — who took a medical timeout in the fourth set — had struggled with a sore foot.

“He was a little bit physically affected at the end,” he said. “It was more a little pain in the foot. He had, again, the class not to talk about it at all.”

 

clayqueen

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Rafael Nadal: 'I experienced foot injury at Roland Garros and had to skip 20 days'

AUGUST 1, 2021 22:55
by JOVICA ILIC

Rafael Nadal had ups and downs so far in 2021, winning two ATP titles and struggling with injuries. The Spaniard injured his back in January ahead of the Australian Open, where he wasted two sets to love advantage against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters for a painful loss.

Rafa stayed away from the court until Monte Carlo, embracing challenging clay swing and competing in five tournaments on his beloved surface. Rafa had to dig deep in Barcelona and Rome to win titles and failed to achieve that in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Roland Garros, where Novak Djokovic beat him in the semis after an epic battle.

Struggling with a foot injury in the closing stages, Nadal could not do much against Djokovic in the fourth set, and he did not practice for three weeks, skipping both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. Nadal was feeling better on the practice court in July and opted to enter Washington with a wild card, competing in the American capital for the first time.

In his interview after a practice session at the City Open, Nadal spoke about that foot injury and the tough decision to stay away from Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.

In his most recent match on the Tour, Nadal experienced a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 loss to Djokovic in the Roland Garros semi-final. It was their 50th encounter, and Novak had the upper hand with 50 winners and eight breaks on his tally.

Dominating the shortest and more advanced rallies, the Serb grabbed the crucial points to open two sets to love advantage and left Rafa behind in the fourth set, when the Spaniard evidently struggled with a physical shape.

Rafa practiced with Grigor Dimitrov and Sebastian Korda in Washington and will play his first match on Wednesday. "I have had some problems after Roland Garros, for which I could not play a couple of significant tournaments for me, such as Wimbledon and the Olympics.

My body decided for myself. If I had to choose, I would never miss Wimbledon and the Olympics, but I could not compete in these events. I had some issues with my foot and had to stop playing for 20 days. Then I started practicing, first for half an hour, and then a bit more. I went through the whole process," Rafael Nadal said.

 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
So why did Nadal bagel Djokovic at RG 2020?
I am talking about Rome 2019 here.

You think everytime Rafa is fit and healthy he had bagelled Djokovic, without giving any consideration to what was happening on the other side of the net. Either you acknowledge that Djokovic was tired due to his tougher draw and harsh scheduling, since he had significantly less time to recover....

Or you admit that healthy non-tired Nadal was bagelled by Federer on clay in Hamburg and beaten soundly by Federer in Madrid 2009 and there was no physical issues after having gone through Djokovic the day before....pick your poision. ;)
 

pj80

Hall of Fame
Nadal had a foot injury in Roland-Garros semi-final against Djokovic, reveals Forget

Tournament director Guy Forget revealed some surprising news about Rafael Nadal at the end of the French Open on Sunday — telling the press that he had a foot injury during his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

It was a passing comment in the end-of-tournament press conference, with Forget mentioning that the 13-time Paris champion — who took a medical timeout in the fourth set — had struggled with a sore foot.

“He was a little bit physically affected at the end,” he said. “It was more a little pain in the foot. He had, again, the class not to talk about it at all.”

Rafa got outclassed in that match....the whole match he was moving great until he was broken at 3-2 in the 4th set. I don't think Rafa will ever beat Novak again at the FO
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
I was just gutted that Rafa's bad luck with injury reared it's head again. I just needed time get over it.
Yes, of course you did.....And the loss of his RG to his rival.

You vanished without a trace for several weeks, but have been on rampage trashing Djokovic after his USO loss. There was no need for you to attack him in this thread which was just a fun thread about him doing something outside of tennis, but you had to get your shots in.

You didn't stick around for the aftermath of Rafa losing to take that all in, but love to give it here to Novak and his fans.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Yes, of course you did.....And the loss of his RG to his rival.

You vanished without a trace for several weeks, but have been on rampage trashing Djokovic after his USO loss. There was no need for you to attack him in this thread which was just a fun thread about him doing something outside of tennis, but you had to get your shots in.

You didn't stick around for the aftermath of Rafa losing to take that all in, but love to give it here to Novak and his fans.

To be fair, Novak doesn't have very many fans.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
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Yes, of course you did.....And the loss of his RG to his rival.

You vanished without a trace for several weeks, but have been on rampage trashing Djokovic after his USO loss. There was no need for you to attack him in this thread which was just a fun thread about him doing something outside of tennis, but you had to get your shots in.

You didn't stick around for the aftermath of Rafa losing to take that all in, but love to give it here to Novak and his fans.
I thought you had a sense of humour.
 

clayqueen

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Rafa got outclassed in that match....the whole match he was moving great until he was broken at 3-2 in the 4th set. I don't think Rafa will ever beat Novak again at the FO
It doesn't matter what you think, it doesn't change the facts.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Rafa got outclassed in that match....the whole match he was moving great until he was broken at 3-2 in the 4th set. I don't think Rafa will ever beat Novak again at the FO
He was? Are you suggesting he developed an injury which will keep him out for 6+ months all in those last few games? :laughing:
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
You didn't get the point I was making @Mainad, I am exposing double standards. If Nadal was tired in Madrid 2009, then Djokovic was sure as heck tired in Rome 2019, yet we don't hear that from some, it was just that because Nadal was fit and healthy he bagelled him...in other words it's all about what was happening on Nadal's side of the net, and nothing to do with Djokovic feeling exhausted that he got bagelled for the first time on clay by Nadal, when peak 2008 Nadal couldn't do it.
Sorry, I should have realised the implicit irony.
 
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