The inescapable breakdown of Nadal's body

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clout

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Every time I write him off I get proven wrong. I thought he'd never win a slam off clay or become world number one; he broke that by ending Fed's ridiculous Wimbledon streak in that '08 epic and became number one shortly thereafter. I thought he'd never win all the majors; he proceeded to win the career slam and has multiple titles on each surface. I thought Djokovic had owned him for good in 2011/12; proceeds to win the next 4 slam matches against Novak following the AO '12 epic. I thought his knees would force him into either a retirement or gross decline in 2012; he came back to dominate in 2013 and he beat Djokovic to RG, USO and YE N1. I thought his career was flat out over in 2015/16; then 2017 happens. I thought father time was beginning to defeat him at last in late 2018/early 2019, then he proceeds to win 2 majors and become world number one again. As someone said above, he might actually has more lives than a cat.
 
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Tennis_Hands

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Every time I write him off I get proven wrong. I thought he'd never win a slam off clay or become world number one; he broke that by ending Fed's ridiculous Wimbledon streak in that '08 epic and became number one shortly thereafter. I thought he'd never win all the majors; he proceeded to win the career slam and has multiple titles on each surface. I thought Djokovic had owned him for good in 2011/12; proceeds to win the next 4 slam matches against Novak following the AO '12 epic. I thought his knees would force him into either a retirement or gross decline in 2012; he came back to dominate in 2013 and he beat Djokovic to RG, USO and YE N1. I thought his career was flat out over in 2015/16; then 2017 happens. I thought father time was beginning to defeat him at last in late 2018/early 2019, then he proceeds to win 2 majors and become world number one again. As someone said above, he might actually has more lives than a cat.
Did you really need to go so far down memory lane to make the point for the Nadal's imginjuries?

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DSH

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When I first started watching Rafa at the beginning of his career, I thought like many others that he would not have a long career because his body would break down because of how he played.

Turns out I was both right and wrong. Because of his all-out style, he does seem more prone to injury than many others. What I had not counted on was his being able to heal and recuperate between injuries, and coming back strong each time. This pleases me.

We all have our favorites. Rafa is mine. And before him, Sampras. Who will be next? I don't know. That Tsitsipas is kinda cute.

In a couple of years, Tsitsipas will be be world number 1.
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clout

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Did you really need to go so far down memory lane to make the point for the Nadal's imginjuries?

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No need for such a pessimistic response. Bottom line, I love comeback stories in general so these types of fall/redemption timelines intrigue me a lot.
 
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