At US Open:LOL ! nadal is a whiner - about his injuries, about the schedule ...don't make me bring out all the list of excuses and complaints he's raised over the years
you were pwned - accept it ! the injury occurred during the USO
ha ha ha ha ha, I LOL'ed , matchupwise fast HC, delpo will always be favoured over rafa .... though inferior in movement, delpo has a better serve than djoker and more powerful strokes
rafa was dominating a pre-prime delpo, he lost thrice to him last year, including @ miami , before all his injuries ...
rafa didn't have that extra 5mph on serve last year ; abdominal tear or not , he wouldn't have won vs delpo
we'll see what happens in the future - we don't know yet how well delpo has recovered from his wrist injury
Didn't I just prove that bolded part false ???? coming from rafa's own mouth ?? How much more do you need to be pawned ????? seriously ???
Rafa in 2009 was 107mph average first serve, 84mph average 2nd serve.
Rafa in 2010 was 121mph average first serve, 88mph average 2nd serve.
The difference wasn't just in terms of speed, it was a directional difference. If it wasn't the US Open, Rafa wouldn't have played with a 5cm abdominal muscle strain, which did occur in Montreal.
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen09/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4470406I am very happy how I came back, but, now I had the first problem of the abdominal in Montreal after the match of Petzschner second round. I must gonna explain because I say during the week I prefer to didn’t speak about the injury during the week because I am in tournament right now.
I can say after Montreal I was doing a test. I did a test in Montreal, and the doctor didn’t see a lot, but the pain is still there. Cincinnati, the pain increase a little bit more. After the semifinals against Djokovic, I went to do an MRI, and I had some edema, strained muscle, and I think during these two weeks the strain is converted into a little bit of rupture, no? A little bit break.
Yeah, was tough to play few matches like this. But at the same time, was important for maybe play this tournament, try my best. It’s one of the most important tournaments of the year, and I had to try, no?
I start to playing well, but when I played against the wind, I can’t serve a little bit faster, no, and I can’t change a lot of directions.
But when I was serving to the middle in the advantage, and I can say I really can’t serve outside in the deuce, no? I only can serve in the middle, because if I serve it outside, the abdominal kill me, no?
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/09/13/2009-09-13_rafel_nadal_loses_to_juan_martin_del_potro_in_semis_of_us_open.htmlNadal, who had failed to defend his French Open and Wimbledon titles earlier this year because of tendinitis in his knees, was suffering from an abdominal muscle tear that affected all parts of his game, particularly the serve. But the way del Potro was playing -- his forehand was so unhittable, like a pea coming from a slingshot, that it was hard to see -- Nadal might not have had a chance if he was completely healthy.
The word del Potro used to describe his game was "unbelievable."
It was powerfully reminiscent of the surprising ascendance of another 20-year-old here, Russian Marat Safin, who torched then-four-time champion Pete Sampras in the 2000 final. For the record, Sampras won 10 games.
Think this was a surprise? The Argentine has beaten Nadal three straight times since March and taken six straight sets.
When Rafa was asked about the role his abdominal injury played in the loss, he grimaced.
"[I'm] going to repeat: He played much better than me, and for that reason he beat me," he said. "Later, it sounds like an excuse, no?"
Nadal detailed his injury for the first time, saying he sustained a muscle strain on the right side in Montreal that evolved into a tear in Cincinnati.
"Was tough to play [a] few matches like this," he said. "But at same time … it's one of the most important tournaments of the year, and I had to try."
Class."I think this is the best moment of my life," del Potro said.
Nadal was dealing with a strained abdominal muscle, and after the match he finally admitted the obvious - that it was bothering him.
The six-time Grand Slam tournament champion also gave plenty of credit to del Potro, who deserved every bit of it after sapping all the life, and hope, out of a player whose relentlessness is one of his biggest attributes.
"I'm going to repeat: He played much better than me, and for that reason he beat me," Nadal said.