Rafael Nadal talks about his knees

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal said today that he will double his efforts to be fully fit to defend his Wimbledon title. “I will give 200% to be at 100% for the most important date in world tennis,” said Nadal in a statement.

Nadal has spent two days undergoing tests on his knees having already pulled out of the Queen’s tournament. With Rafa’s knees on the minds of tennis fans lately, here is a collection of comments from Nadal about his knees.


In November 2005, Nadal won the Madrid Masters but it forced him to miss the Masters Cup and he spoke about how his physical condition would affect his game. “Every match is tough, no?” Nadal said. “We need to play 100 per cent every match. For good luck, I won a lot of matches and for that reason I can’t play every week. Every person wants to change (the system). I hope we improve, little by little.”

In August 2007, Nadal was critical of the ATP for scheduling such a large part of the season on hard courts, which he believes are detrimental to a players’ knees. “In my opinion, is a little bit mistake,” Nadal said.

After losing to David Ferrer at the 2007 US Open, Nadal refused to blame injury for his defeat. “I speak a lot about my physically all the week,” Nadal said. ”I prefer I don’t speak about my body right now because always if I speak something about my body, later someone thinks about is an excuse. So I don’t want to put any excuse. ‘He play very good and he beat me. Maybe another day we can speak about the injuries.”

In November 2007, when Nadal appeared at the Masters Cup in Shanghai with both knees heavily strapped he denied there was a problem. “Everything perfect,” Nadal said. “My knees are fine. I start a little slow today, but I finish strong, no?”

After he lost to Roger Federer 6-4, 6-1 at the tournament he said: “People are always saying, ‘Rafa is injured’. Well no, I’m not injured,” Nadal said. “Sometimes I have some problems, but normal problems like every player.”

After that tournament he was more forthcoming to Spanish newspaper El Pais. “I am preparing physically every day but I cannot run,” Nadal said. “Now, during the pre-season, I am going to try. I didn’t say so before because it seemed like an excuse. I don’t like to talk about injuries.”

In May, Nadal at Madrid Masters 1000 said not to be concerned whether he taped his knees or not. “It’s no more different without – than with – the bands, I don’t feel any difference. We’re going to try continuing to play like this (without taping) but you know, someday if I play with the bands, that doesn’t mean I have a problem.”

In June 2008, Nadal again called for a shorter hard court season. “If I want to be No1, I need these [clay court Masters] tournaments. The rest of the year on the hard courts is really tough, on the knees, feet and back. The others have better chance on hard courts and I’m not saying that it is not fair, only that the clay-court season is so short. Why not a longer clay and a longer grass-court season?”

In November 2008, Nadal revealed he would miss Spain’s Davis Cup final and the first six weeks of the following season with severe tendinitis in his knee. “The knee said no,” Nadal said. “I have done all I could to be ready for the final. It was a huge objective, and I’m used to playing with pain, but this is a distinct, new pain I couldn’t control.”

In June 2009 Nadal announced he would not defend his Queen’s title. “I have been having problems with my knees that did not allow me to compete at 100 per cent. I need to work on my physical condition to be at my top form and get ready to play at Wimbledon. I hope I can be ready to compete by then.”

62 Comments

  1. Gairy Myers
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh man those knees are going to be the downfall of Nadal. I pray he becomes more aggressive and end points quickly in order to preserve his knees. Nadal has it all, the game, the very strong mind, the heart and clearly the skills to take anyone out. HE IS A WARRIOR but without his knees, he’s nothing…I bet Nadal would beat some players if he was in a wheelchair though, lmao… VAMOS RAFA AND VAMOS TO YOU HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND STRENGTH AT WIMBLEDON, THE US OPEN, MASTERS FINAL AND ALL THE TOURNEYS IN YOUR COMING YEARS!! NADAL WILL BE THE GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER TO EVER WALK ON COURT…VAMOS NADAL!!

  2. mancef
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    COME ON RAFA
    Hope that you will be ready on 22th june and win on 05th july

    • Anonymous
      Posted 15 June, 2009 at 12:02 am | Permalink

      Lol you are such a retard. “22th” haha. How about “22nd”?

  3. ENRIQUE JASSO CORDOB
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    i think Nadal’s courage to play is unmistakable, however what i saw in montecarlo and rome masters 1000 tournaments is Nadal not playing good. i hope he could get in good shape for the rest of the season, if he couldn’t he definitily will lost the ranking 1

  4. Laura Greaves
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon Rafa. We need you to be competiting at the highest level. Tennis is not the same without you.

    Vamos Rafa

  5. shirsendu banerjee
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    rafa nadal is a human being with over 95 percent wins over the last year and half now his body has taken its toll but he is mind does want his body to compete to be no.1 he has done a good job by taking rest he would restore some energy and come on rafa u need to realise that the slams are the most important events so u can take rest or leave on or two tournaments

  6. M.JAI
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    COMMON RAFA…… U R GRT……. I WANT U TO PLAY IN WIMBLEDON N DEFEND THE CROWN….. YET AGAIN I WANT RAFA N FEDERER IN THE FINAL….. JUST FORGET ABT THE PAST IT HAPPENS IN LYF…. U CAN’T WIN ALWAYS….. K JUST DO WELL IN WIMBLEDON….. ALL THE BEST……. VAMOS RAFA……

  7. dk
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I hope Rafa is able to play at 100% at Wimbledon, in which case Roger will have to beat him. If Rafa doesn’t play, which he should not if he is not 100%, Roger may win Wimbledon but without beating the top player in the world like he did at the French Open.

  8. arsalan khan
    Posted 9 June, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    dont worry nadal …u missed the spain’s davis cup…thts great because it will give u a sort of a head start than other players because u will be in a better physical condition…..on the other hand i also say good luck to roger federrer…he’s the man…and i also wish to be in your place one day and i am gonna be there one day…see you soon nadal…!!

  9. Posted 9 June, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    The dude’s going to be using a cane in his late 40’s if he’s not careful.

  10. Posted 10 June, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    The French open was painful to watch without Nadal. I hope he makes an amazing recovery and defends his title. He is the most exiting and classy player to come around in many years.

  11. ares
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Rafa needs a break for recovery. He had pushed alot himself. He will be back in form once he recover.

    If he wins a US open soon, then he will hold Golden Career Slam, which other players have tried for yrs.

  12. Connie
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Get back in shape for Wimbledon! We love to watch you play! Stay strong and healthy!!!

  13. Greg
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Rafa… you’re a great player, but making adjustments is part of the game, and not to take anything away from what you’ve accomplished so far, if you don’t make the necessary adjustments in your play you knees will bring a great career to an early demise

  14. lucy
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    i hope that he makes a speedy recovery to defend his tiltle 🙂 COME ON RAFA !!!

  15. Robert Brus
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I’m really hoping he will be o.k for the most important tournament of the year.

    And praying every day that his knees will not make him big troubles in the next six or seven years because this young man is destined for tennis glory. He will achieve career Grand Slam a lot faster that Federer did

    Rafa is all ready one of the 10 or 11 best players of all time but I firmly believe we will be the greatest in just five or six years. So I’m just praying to all Gods for his health,his talent,tennis knowledge and fighting spirit will do the rest of the job

  16. Seth
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I think it was a good idea for rafa to drop out of the Queens tourney. It will give him time to recuperate; I think he has been over doing it, playing TOO much tennis, which obviously takes its toll. He should not have played Madrid; he already won all of the other clay court tourneys before madrid and the french. He has nothing to prove. Federer is the ONLY guy who has even the SLIGHTEST chance of beating rafa when he is 100%, and Fed’s time is limited. He’s got 2, MAYBE 3 slams left in him at the MOST. I FIRMLY believe that an the end of Rafa’s career, he will have won the most grand slams any male player has ever won; look where Fed was when he was Rafa’s age. Rafa’s WELL on his way to surpass the mighty roger federer in slam wins. As long as he figures out a way to control those knees of his, WATCH OUT. He will end up being the greatest EVER, mark my words. He is hands DOWN the most entertaining tennis player I have watched in the 27 years I’ve been watching the sport, and last years Wimbledon was probably the greatest match I have ever watched. Just wait…Rafa still has a looooong way to go in the tennis world, and in my opinion, within the next 3-6 years, roger Federer will drop to the SECOND best player that ever lived, making the number one of all time Nadal, #2 Federer, and #3 Sampras. VAMOS RAFA! Take care of those knees brother, and you will surpass all expectations and wind up the greatest that ever lived; it’ll be another 75-100 years before we see another player that has that go-for-every-point kind of playing style that you do. Good luck to you….and PLEASE, defend your Wimbledon title this year and reign supreme over the mighty roger federer. Your next step? take the Us Open, and complete your quest for all 4 slam events! I will be routing for you the entire way!

  17. Dino Anders
    Posted 11 June, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Nadal is a very poor role model for the youth regarding his actions before he serves every ball during the match. Pulling at his jog straps is really an unpleasant sight to see during the whole match. It is amazing how other players have been critisized for bouncing the ball too much (Novak) or grunting too loud, but this behaviour regarding his tugging at this underwear after every point and deliberately wasting time between serves has not been commented on any of the tennis web-sites. I have never seen such subtle mind playing with any of the players past or present than what Nadal does and frankly it is very sad that this bad sportsmanship has never been addressed with the media or with him.

    • Anonymous
      Posted 14 June, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      ….it’s Nadals obsessive compulsive personality that is partly responsible for his incredible talent…give the guy a break !

  18. Tarek Salem
    Posted 11 June, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    No Knees or toes will stop this man. If he can play in pain for these years and do all what he did then WATH OUT KIDS, he is coming to get you ONE AFTER THE OTHER! he will go beyond 18 slams!!

  19. Annonymous
    Posted 12 June, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Roger to win!

  20. Lucy S
    Posted 12 June, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion rafa is the best tennis player i have seen. He has so much energy and he is so determined i reli want him to defend his wimbledon title and his world number 1 ranking .But if he doesnt take it easy then his knees will fail him and his career will come to an end in a matter of years. I am rooting for him and i hope that he recovers in time 🙂 I love you nadal 😉

  21. Liz Van Schalkwyk
    Posted 12 June, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I am routing for Roger Federer to win Wimbledon again this year. Everything of the best Roger

  22. Ch F
    Posted 13 June, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I hope everyone looking for excuses to blame Nadal for pretty much everything read what Steffi Graf said about him. I think she knows what she’s talking about and I hope you can respect at least her point of view!

  23. lakshmi Narayen
    Posted 14 June, 2009 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Remember, Borg missed out in some years but came back to win RG again and so will you. Wimbledon 2008 final was arguably the greatest in its history. You have a lot of wins left in you at RG, Wimbledon and hopefully a first in the US Open very soon.

  24. gorog
    Posted 14 June, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    go rog

  25. Lynne
    Posted 14 June, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Rafa is, by far, the most entertaining and focused player on the tour…tournaments are simply not the same when he isn’t playing. Take care of yourself, Rafa…we need you on the courts at Wimbledon. I believe you will win Wimby and the US Open!!!

  26. Dee
    Posted 14 June, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I read a quote from Roger on the Wimbledon.org site that
    I thought was interesting. He states that he doesn’t think
    Rafa’s knee problem is 100% serious.AND that he doesn’t
    think Rafa is playing with pain. He was quoted as saying
    that he has played Rafa so many times HE can tell when
    Rafa is in pain. I wonder what the Rafa camp thinks of Roger’s assessment of Rafa’s physical health. ??

  27. Lee
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Roger Federer stated that he doesn’t believe Rafa’s knee problem is 100% serious. He stated that he has played Rafa so many times that he can tell when Rafa is in pain and when he is not. He didn’t think Rafa played with pain in the FO.
    I’m not sure why Roger would make such statements about a player who has obviously had knee problems over his career.
    Why do you think he made these statements?

    • Ch f
      Posted 15 June, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      I think Roger tends to talk a lot sometimes. Taken out of context, it could be a nasty comment, but then again it doesn’t have to…Given the respect between the two men it could be completely neutral as well. Roger himself has also talked about injury after having played poorly in matches in which there hadn’t been the slightest expression of pain so he should know better than to tell from the opponent’s expression! In any case, the important thing is for Rafa to be back and play the kind of tennis we all love to see him play!

    • Posted 19 June, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      Yea he CRIES a lot too!! LOL

  28. Lee
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Wishing you the best, Rafa.
    Enjoying the rivalry between you and Roger.
    Looking forward to #’s 3 & 4 mixing it up and
    making the tournaments interesting.
    Good to see Haas win this week in Germany.

    • Catherine
      Posted 30 June, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      I agree 100%. I hate not seeing or reading much about Rafa.

  29. Posted 15 June, 2009 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    WIN OR LOOSE IM WITH RAFA, WIHTOUT RAFA, TENNIS IF MEANINGLESS TO ME!

  30. Reginald Williams
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Come On Nadal! You Can Do It!

  31. hanni
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Without Rafa on the world’s greatest courts, ennis is just not the same. I have never seen a young man with such determination, such precision, nevermind him pulling his pants. Federer should apologize to Rafa for what he said about his injuries. Get well Rafa, completely, before you start playing again. Wish you only the best in your life and career

  32. Ratul
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Hello RAFA I hope you will be ready for the
    wimbledon 2009 with good form.ALL THE BEST RAFA. 🙂

  33. dexter
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I agree with most of these comments. Rafa is the most exciting player ever and hope he is fit for Wimbledon this year, as it won’t be the same without him.

    I don’t think Rafa will win more grand slams than Federer unless Rafa plays less tourno’s than he’s now. If he carries on playing like he is, he will be out of the game in 4-5 years.

    Regarding Wimbledon, lets remember why clay court players like Rafa are doing better on grass compared to 3 years ago. The grass at Wimbledon has changed to a courser grass and with different slower balls plays a lot slower than it used to. If we were still playing on the same grass as 3 years ago, Rafa would never have won Wimbledon last year. That there’s no doubt!! But the game had to be slowed down as it was getting monotonous, BIG servers winning with short rallies. But I think Wimbledon has slowed down so much it has actually gone too far the other way. Look how many times players serve and volley. Hardly ever now! Federer used to serve and volley a lot more at Wimbledon but it’s all base line rallies now.

    A quicker game of serve and volleying may actually help Rafa’s knees in the long run with shorter rallies.

    Maybe they should quicken the clay up slightly and other players may get a look in just like Rafa’ has benefited from the slower Wimbledon grass. not to say he hasn’t improved on grass over the years but I dont think he closed the gap on Federer on grass to win the tournament.

    Prediction: Federer will win Wimbledon this year. I would put my house on it!!

    • sh lala
      Posted 18 June, 2009 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      i agree to the last comment

    • jenny
      Posted 18 June, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Rafa will win !!

  34. Tushar
    Posted 17 June, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Come on Rafa…

    Buck Upp Fast…

  35. Ash
    Posted 17 June, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    After Aggasi and sampras retired I had stopped watching or taking intrest in men’s tennis…suddenly out of nowhere, I saw Rafael Nadal game..and I was just appauled..since then and now I follow Nadal’s game and I feel low with his loss and joy with his every win…his win in finals against Roger is truly special…people talk abt Roger being greatest to ever played the game…on that note Nadal excellent record against him and dethroning him from world number 1 speaks abt nadal greatest than Roger?..

  36. Ash
    Posted 17 June, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    well rankings and accolades are just feather in a cap…what is important for me is that watching Nadals play give me sheer joy…that what matters…be it his win or loss, the way he plays running after every ball and forcing u to hit winners time after time so as to gain a single point, truly speaks abt his character and never-say-die attitude.Thank you Nadal for bring such joy to my otherwise gloomy and lonely life..wht u win or not, it is simply a pleasure for me to watch u play…plz do come back to defend ur wimbledon title and bring joy to my life once again, though not at the cost of ur fitness and career.

    Hope u recover soon.I will pray to Allah for your recovery.

    VAMOS NADAL.

  37. Louise
    Posted 17 June, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Rafa is the most exciting player on the tour. Everyone is foolishly counting him out for this tourney. But, Rafa CAN and WILL win Wimbledon 2009.

    VAMOS RAFA, OUR CHAMPION AND NO 1 – SIMPLY THE BEST

  38. Posted 18 June, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    hi experts,
    i still wonder how federer won 2007 wimbledon,nadal played the best tennis in all means…….and 2008 is the big year in mens tennis in my opinion,nothings worked federer’s way even though he was at the peak.everyone says then “federer is not in the best of forms”…hehehe whats that.there was no competition for federer before,now the time has changed….u should give credit to nadal for what he has done till now.sampras – agassi battle was on from the day 1 but who was there for federer when he ran through all the grandslams…….something everyone should think.now is the real battle….lets see how it works.federer played most of the big finals with roddick,blake,gonsalez…..more,there were no good player to test him…..he is very lucky even now(french open),no nadal then federer…..sorry guys this is what i feel.

  39. Posted 18 June, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    We’re with you all tha way RAFA. We’re hoping to see you lift the Championship’s Cup come July 5th and put this hype over the Swiss Cheese down the drain. Good luck and God Bless. Your fans from the Philippines.

  40. Anonymous
    Posted 18 June, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I agree with some of the comments here
    but I don’t really think that rafa will be able to win 18 slams. I don’t think his body can handle his way of playing for another 5 years. that’s the big difference with federer, federer way of playing is less physical. That’s why he can play for another 5 years if he wants to

  41. ABHIX
    Posted 19 June, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I JUST CANNOT UNDERSTAND how rafa has won so many fans. HE IS THE MOST DEFENSIVE AND BORING PLAYER IN THIS UNIVERSE. EVEN THE GERAT PETE SAMPRAS HAS SAID IN HIS BOOK THAT HE PREFERS TO WATCH ROGER’S GRACE AND ELEGANCE THAN RAFA’S POWE AND MUSCLES. LAST WIMBLEDON WAS VERY SLOW . RAFA WON ROGER BY NARROWEST OF MARGINS . HE WON THIS YEAR’S AUS OPEN DUE TO ROGER’S FAULT AS ONLY 51% OF HIS FIRST SERVES WERE IN. BUT STILL, ROGER TOOK IT TO THE FIFTH SET AND MATCH LASTED FOR 4;29 HOURS. SO COMMON RAFA FANS, APPRECIATE ROGER’S GREATNESS. SPANIARDS AND ARGENTINES HAVE HEEN BOUGHT UP IN CLAY COURTS. MOST COUNTRIES HAVE NO CLAY COURTS. SO IT IS MORE TOUGH TO HAVE SUCCESS IN HARD AND GRASS COURTS .ROGER HAS BEEN SUSTAING BACK PAIN FOR PAST 1 YEAR.DOES HE COMPLAIN LIKE RAFA AND RAFA’S UNCLE? RAFA IS A VERY BAD LOSER AS HE NEVER PRAISED SODERLING BUT TOLD HE WAS NOT AT HIS BEST. BUT EVEN ROGER WAS NOT AT HIS BEST DURING WIMBLEDON 2008 AND AUS OPEN 2009. DID’NT HE PRAISE RAFA? COMMON RAFA, GROW UP.HE HAD
    0-2 AND 1-3 HEAD TO HEAD AGAINST ROGER AT HARD AND GRASS COURTS AT THE END OF 2007, WHEN ROGER WAS AT HIS BEST. NOVAK AND MURRAY HAS A POOR RECORD AGAINST ROGER IN GRANDSLAMS. THEY ROGER ROGER ONLY IN MASTERS AND ATP 250 EVENTS. SO, ROGER IS THE BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST EVER.

  42. Anonymous
    Posted 19 June, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I agree with most of the comments here. Rafa is indeed more exciting to watch than Federer because he really fights for every point while Federer in his prime just win every point way too easily. I think that Rafa is the genius of hard work and Federer is the genius of great overall talents.

    I don’t think Rafa will win more Slams than Federer because the way Rafa plays doesn’t allow him to have a long career at 100%. During Federer’s 5 years at number 1, he is one of the fittest player to play on the court. That is one of the reason for the amazing streak at number 1. Rafa has more injuries in 2 years than Federer in 10. How can a player be successful when he can’t even play on the court. So unless Rafa changes the way he play, even Andy or Novak will overtake him pretty fast.

  43. amber
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Rafa, We love you and want you to come back. Hopefully you can play in NY for the USOpen. Take Care…

  44. andre
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    I have the feeling that Nadal is suffering from both kneecaps maltracking and all his efforts will be useless unless he will perform a surgery to put kneecaps in place.I suffered the same condition.Best luck.

  45. Marike
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Seth. Nadal has more slams than Federer did at his age, but look at his health…its going worse and worse.. federer never has these issues. I hope Nadal will recover. But he has to take it a bit more easy on himself..otherwise it may be too late.

    So if he wants to get 14 grand slams his knees will have to survive for a few more years.

  46. giamci italy.
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    RAFA you are the best ever, as a player person sportman. my husband and I are BIG FANS of yours. get fit soon but dont rush we fans shall wait till you fully recover. dont worry about nr. 1 or whatever THE MOST IMPORTANT is that you come back ready to fight as you usually do. we love it and we enjoy your courage in playing. you are fair and nice, dont ever change, you are an example to everyone. a big big hug from us.

  47. giamci italy.
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    sorry, my first comment was unfinished I had to suspend it…RAFA THE MOST IMPORTANT is that you come back ready to fight as you usually do, we love it and enjoy your courage in playing, you are fair and nic\e, dont ever change, you are an example to averyone. a big big hug from us

    • giamci italy.
      Posted 20 June, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      federer’s comment about rafa knees is very unfair nadal has never said anything so nasty about fed even when he made excuses about loosing against him, like it was dark, he is waiting for other’s mistakes and so on. these are not comments for an athlete that wants to be called champion. he does not deserve my wishes for next tourn. RAFA you are much better as a man dont ever forget it. ciao !

  48. Janice T
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I want to respect each person’s individual opinion, but an intellectual person does not have to put someone down to make his opinion valid, if so, then why bother. Rafa and Roger are 2 very good players and I am sure all of us like to see them when they play against each other.Yes, we all have our favorite, but that does not make the other less of a player.Each player has his strenghts and weaknesses but it is the one that is on top of their game that day.It is one thing for fans to put players down, but when players put each other down, it is poor sportmanship. I guess that is where you determine who really is a genuine gentleman player. I, for one, will really miss that could of been outcome of a good tennis match between Roger and Nadal. But there are some other tremendous players that are young, also and very good that can also give us that.Yes, Roger and Rafa have each had their fame and it maybe that Rafa is done and that Roger has come of age, bottom line is that they are both two of the greatest players that have given us the opportunity to watch their rivalary. Good luck to Roger in Wimbledon and Rafa with his knees. They both have proven themselves as #1’s in their own time. One could say that they compliment each other by bringing out the best in each other.

  49. Posted 20 June, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Federer wins i think Wimbledon because Nadal is hurt. But i think Federer is the best Player ever:

    1. 14 Grand Slam
    2. 130 Weeks Number 1
    3. All 4 Grand Slam in one Career

    That is impossible

  50. raul
    Posted 21 June, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    hope rafa will be alright. sad to see your favorite player withdraw from the tournament, more so that he is the world number 1 and defending champ. God bless Rafa and Mabuhay ka (long live)!

  51. Nick
    Posted 21 June, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    The withdrawal of Nadal should have made organizers examine the draw. Instead of putting #5 DelPotro to replace hime, logical choice and action was to put Roger as #1.

    It seems that current draw favors more Murray, who does not have to win a match against top 3 players in the world to get to the finals. That is a shame and unfair, and something one would have not expected from Wimbledon organizers who emphasize fairness so much.

  52. Posted 23 June, 2009 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I sure hope Nadal plays at Wimbledon this year

  53. Posted 27 July, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    It sucks when an injury takes place and it hinders you from doing what you love best. Usually when an injury happens it affects you for life

  54. Posted 7 November, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Determination towards the said sport is very important. Rafael Nadal must have this kind of attitude.


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