Physically I'm perfect. Give me two weeks to break everything - Nadal

miyagi

Professional
The US Open is the only Grand Slam that world number one Rafael Nadal is yet to win - and the Spaniard admits he has found it tough physically to raise himself at the end of the season.

The Open is held at the end of August, when Nadal, a clay court specialist, has often been feeling the strain of the season.

"There are a lot matches for me, a lot of tension in those three months, it's a very important part of season for me and I put everything in there. And after that, it's normal (to) go down," he said.

"In 2002 and 2007 I had problems with my knees... in 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, the Olympics. So it was crazy for me, a very hard season.

"And last year was another. I broke my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here in Cincinnati with a little bit broken abdominal and with every game, the tear, the abdominal got bigger.

"I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result getting to the semi-final last year," he said.

Nadal is targeting success at this year's event at Flushing Meadows but says he has no clue as to whether his current good form will lead him to finally claim the US Open.

"Every year is different. You can be playing very well here and you can arrive there and lose. You can be playing bad here and arrive there and start the tournament slow but get better and better every day and you can finish playing your best tennis and win.

"This year I started Roland Garros playing terribly and finally I played very well in the semi-finals and final and win.

"You can do everything perfect but that is not why you are going to win or going to be playing well in that moment," he said.

This year though he expects to be in peak physical condition when he gets to New York, a fact he finds somewhat amusing.

"Physically I'm perfect. Give me two weeks to break everything," he said with a laugh.

Souce - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/18082010/58/open-fitness-behind-nadal-failure.html
 

miyagi

Professional
I'm not sure I agree with everything he is saying in here but I thought some of it was funny especially the headline!
 

AM95

Hall of Fame
^^^ thats what i did.

he's just making excuses as to why he didnt win. nadal wasnt even in contention for the USO in 2002. In fact, that was before Federer even won his first slam.
 

miyagi

Professional
^^^ thats what i did.

he's just making excuses as to why he didnt win. nadal wasnt even in contention for the USO in 2002. In fact, that was before Federer even won his first slam.

I think that was a typo or mistake by Rafa, dont you think it should have said 2006? Cos 2002 there was zero chance of Rafa winning ANY slam let alone USO.
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
hilarious how he doesn't even mention being "injured" during wimbledon. Skips right over it. hmmmmmmm

also, he said he was 100% last year, and now he is retracting? LMAO

vamos!
 

Heracles

Banned
My english let me down.

Is he saying "give me two weeks to be broken physically" or is he saying that you can give him two weeks to be in the shape to destroy the opposition at the USO?
 
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Deleted member 21996

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Physically I'm perfect. Give me two weeks to break everything," he said with a laugh

should we include his knees in that?
 
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meg0529

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Posted by Feetofclay:

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."

That includes the part the journo left out.
 
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meg0529

Guest
My english let me down.

Is he saying "give me two weeks to be broken physically" or is he saying that you can give him two weeks to be in the shape to destroy the opposition at the USO?

It's clever use of words if you ask me!
 

bolo

G.O.A.T.
My english let me down.

Is he saying "give me two weeks to be broken physically" or is he saying that you can give him two weeks to be in the shape to destroy the opposition at the USO?

He's saying he is going to break the opposition, like when Ivan Drago said I WILL BREAK YOU. :) We are going to get a little preview at the SF at cincinatti.
 

jackson vile

G.O.A.T.
Posted by Feetofclay:

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."

That includes the part the journo left out.

What a bunch of excuses, oh wait... Roger's still better!
 

miyagi

Professional
Posted by Feetofclay:

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."

That includes the part the journo left out.

Thanks that makes more sense now!
 

powerangle

Legend
Nice article. Wish him the best of luck at the Open. Winning 3 consecutive slams in the same year hasn't been done in awhile, would be great if he could pull it off.
 
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