• Top players concerned over long Nadal injury absence

    8/16/12 10:02 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Top players concerned over long Nadal injury absence Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are all concerned about the state of fitness of their longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal.

    The Spaniard is out of the US Open title and away form the game for an indefinite period due to his continuing knee tendinitis.

    Federer, the world No. 1, was the first to get in touch with Nadal, who has not played since Wimbledon on June 28 when he lost in the second round to Czech Lukas Rosol. "It's not a surprise, because I wrote him and he told me like it wasn't looking good at all," said the top seed at this week's Cincinnati Masters. "I kind of saw it coming. But obviously when it's official it's disappointing for tennis, there's no doubt about it.

    "I would love to have him in the draw. With 12 days before the Open you figure he might still have time to fix what he has to fix to get ready. If he pulls out that early before the Open, it must be something serious. That's what is sort of scary. There is obviously the whole debate going on if he is going come back for this year."

    Djokovic voiced similar sentiments: "Obviously it's that serious that takes him, you know, out from the tour for last couple of months. He's a great competitor, somebody I know really well on and off the court.

    "I'm sure that if he was able to perform in US Open he would come. So I wish him a quick recovery."

    Murray, who had been dealing with a knee problem of his own over the last week or so, was joined in with his best wishes. "I'm disappointed for him, it's obviously tough. He's had trouble with his knees in the past. So I hope he can rest, doesn't come back too early, and gets them fixed so he can get back to playing his best tennis."

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Nice thoughts from his rivals.

Vamos Rafa!

nadline , 8/16/12 10:44 PM

Nice of them to make their thoughts known. They didn't have to do that.

Vamos Rafa!

mara002 , 8/17/12 2:16 AM

It is gratifying to hear the thoughts of Rafa's fellow players. It means a lot, especially now! :)

Nativenewyorker , 8/17/12 2:52 AM

Well, playing every surface Slam like clay is gonna take toll on you. Seriously, the younger Rafa was smarter. In 2008, he changed his game at Wimby to beat Fed. But the new Rafa, what does he do to beat Djoko? Run more.

Ooppsss, wrong choice, I guess

torres9 , 8/17/12 3:07 AM

^^^ You got to look at your opponent. Clearly Nole is unlike Fed; Nole could track down any ball with his speed and flexibility, and he returns as many balls as Rafa does. Why do you think Fed had to go for five sets against Nole at the USO for the last two years? It's because Nole was simply hard to beat, and even after five sets and four hours, Fed still couldn't beat Nole on the quicker USO surface. Rafa took almost 6 hours and on the slower AO surface, and still he failed to beat Nole.

It's not by choice that Rafa had to spend so much time on court against Nole, it's no choice when Nole could play superb offence/defence; just ask Fed. Against Rafa or Nole, one needs to spend long hours on the court; Fed also played for four hours against Rafa at AO this year, and FO last year. Murray also spent more than four hours at the AO against Nole this year and lost.

Seriously, I don't want to see Rafa vs Nole, as I know they'll destroy each other playing similar styles.

luckystar , 8/17/12 4:22 AM

I've to add that since 2008, Rafa was playing more aggressive tennis, that's how he played at FO and Wimbledon 2008 and AO 2009. Even after his injury in 2009, he was still playing aggressive tennis, for example at MC and Rome 2010 and of course USO2010. In 2011, Rafa was still playing attacking tennis especially in Miami but somehow after Nole had become Nole v2 in 2011 and Rafa lost to him so many times in a row, Rafa had reverted back to his defensive clay court style. It's until the clay season this year that we saw the aggressive play of Rafa re-emerging, too bad his knees are already bad by then.

luckystar , 8/17/12 5:16 AM

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