Nadal converts just 2 of 26 break points to crash in Thailand.
Posted by tennisplanet on October 2, 2010
“It’s a difficult loss to accept,” Nadal said. “It’s one of those matches you are going to lose once every two years.”
“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.