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Nadal converts just 2 of 26 break points to crash in Thailand.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 2, 2010

Nadal’s explanation?

“It’s a difficult loss to accept,” Nadal said. “It’s one of those matches you are going to lose once every two years.”

Garcia’s response?

“Everything was fantastic,” he said. “For the moment, I’m a bit shocked.” “I’ve never beaten a No. 1 player in the world,” Garcia-Lopez said. “I think this is the best victory in my career.”

Was this Nadal’s bad day or has all the glory he has been basking in entire week at the media / fan circus coming back for wager? Both? When the stats produce a mix that you have NEVER achieved in your entire 9-year freaking career, you better believe something has moved somewhere. Or the ‘sham’ to exit early just got out of hand aggravated by Delpo’s quick exit?

Maybe this is what he needed. With career Slam, Golden one at that in the bag, year-end No. 1 rank secured, Nadal subconsciously must be shutting down for the season in order to get ready for an already blown out of proportion calendar Slam possibility next year.

If hard courts, specially at the tail end of the season, have traditionally been your Achille’s heal all along, isn’t it a no brainer to not push it, now that you have already bagged the biggest prize for the period in question? Or has the ’08 season left such an indelible print on your psyche that you cannot allow yourself to look past your freaking nose for fear of not knowing when all this may come crashing down – abruptly?

Even a cucumber can see the ‘meaninglessness’ of not taking a freaking break for ANY reason. Granted his past record necessitates the need to play many matches to stay sharp but that concept cannot bleed beyond the point where ‘diminishing returns’ BS kicks in to bring back the ghost you just passed on your way here.

Next event, Shanghai, starts Oct 10 with most big dogs in attendance. Winning there might begin to create a pattern that Toronto / Cincy loss vs US Open win may have calculatingly or inadvertently started namely use tune up events for just that – without the title.

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14 Responses to “Nadal converts just 2 of 26 break points to crash in Thailand.”

  1. claire said

    “Nada subsconsiciously must be shutting down for the season in order to get ready….”

    Here we go again – TP what would you be saying if the name was Federer and not Nadal?? Maybe: Federer’s losing the touch,etc.!

    What happened to Nadal playing every point so intensively? My take is maybe all this hype of Nadal will drop a level!
    The man can be beat!!

    • M said

      “The man can be beat!!”

      I’m wondering who you think has ever said otherwise, Claire. Rafa himself certainly hasn’t.

      • claire said

        M, leave me alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • claire said

        M, “I’m wondering who you think has ever said otherwise, Claire…”

        M, I Think I was the one that said that “The man can be beat.” I guess I now need to explain to you everything I say. With the way Nadal has been playing lately, I was beginning to think he would start winning everything” I was also be sarcastic!

        Please don’t comment on my comment “I was beginning….”

        There’s a difference between commenting on a comment and attacking a person that makes a comment! You are attacking. But, you have been known to cause trouble with others. So guess I “have to consider the source” from now on!

        You have a great night – the weather is beautiful where I live – I just had great walk with my dog – why don’t you do something for yourself to make you feel good – something other than making me feel bad or picking on what I say!!!

      • M said

        “There’s a difference between commenting on a comment and attacking a person that makes a comment!”
        Um, yes. There is.

        “You are attacking.”
        Um, no. I was not.

        I was under the impression there was a discussion going on.
        However, feel free to frame it however you wish. Anyone who can read can see what went on and what didn’t.

        “But, you have been known to cause trouble with others.”
        Spin doctor much?

        “…something other than making me feel bad or picking on what I say!!!”

        And the award for “Most Overdramatic and Oversensitive Overreaction to a Challenge to Their Original Assertion Goes To …”
        🙄

        Have a nice day evening, Claire.

      • M said

        “There’s a difference between commenting on a comment and attacking a person that makes a comment!”
        Um, yes. There is.

        “You are attacking.”
        Um, no. I was not.

        I was under the impression there was a discussion going on.
        However, feel free to frame it however you wish. Anyone who can read can see what went on and what didn’t.

        “But, you have been known to cause trouble with others.”
        Spin doctor much?

        “…something other than making me feel bad or picking on what I say!!!”

        And the award for “Most Overdramatic and Oversensitive Overreaction to a Challenge to Their Original Assertion Goes To …”
        🙄

        Have a nice day/evening, Claire.

  2. claire said

    Meant”….. subconsciously…”

  3. Jenny said

    Top seeds have been crashing out all over the place this week and all to lower ranked players, Rafa, Verdasco, Ferrer, Davydenko, Soderling, Berdych. I think the only one standing is Youzhny in Kuala Lumpur.

  4. M said

    “If hard courts, specially at the tail end of the season, have traditionally been your Achille’s heal [sic] all along, isn’t it a no brainer to not push it, now that you have already bagged the biggest prize for the period in question? Or has the ’08 season left such an indelible print on your psyche that you cannot allow yourself to look past your freaking nose for fear of not knowing when all this may come crashing down – abruptly?”

    It could be both.

  5. wuiches said

    Nadal is playing at Tokyo next week, I bet my b… that if Potro gets an early exit Nadal is going to follow him but as long as Juan stays alive in the tournament Rafael is gonna be there too, they would meet in semis.

    Nadal’s mind is now set on the WTF, traditionally all the #1’s have been dominant forces at that tournament so Nadal can’t afford to be the first clown to never have won it especially if he wants to enter into the GOAT discussion.

  6. ClayBuster said

    I think people are reading too much in this loss. Just an occasional ‘bad day at the office’. It… Happens.
    Of course, no top player puts in as much effort in winning these kind of minor tournaments as he does in the real BIGGIES. Rafa might have been an (THE?) exception to that rule in the past, but I’d bet he’s grown a brain by now, and realizes that it’s the BIGGIES that count, and not the Bangkok/Tokyo kind of tournaments.

  7. mircea said

    yup. WTF is a must. And if you want to be considered that great of a player you need a quadruple/quadruple or even better quintuple/quintuple which the Maestro already has and in succession at that. So to decide the GOAT debate, you would have to see what Nadal does in the next 3 years. If he ends up with 7-8 French 5 Wimbledon and 3 US Open or AO, then he’s good to go. Otherwise stalemate. Any news on the Contador investigation?

  8. Sol said

    I think what Claire is trying to say – and correct me if I’m wrong – is that there is a double standard (what else is new?) where Fed and Nadal are concerned. We keep hearing about how Nadal never looks for any excuses when he loses. But the truth is, he doesn’t need to. Everyone else does it for him: he’s tired, he’s concentrating on bigger things, his knees are probably hurting. While all of this is probably true, people are way less forgiving when it comes to Fed (just think of his losses in smaller tournaments during his dominant years and the reactions that came along with those losses and you’ll understand what I’m talking about).

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