Will Nadal's fatigue affect his stint as world no. 1?

Philippines
September 20, 2008 8:43pm CST
Ok, so I've been reading articles about fatigue being one of the primary factors that led to Nadal's loss in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. Of course, by the way he had been playing these past few months and with the physicality of his style of play, it really is a wonder that he had actually gotten that far without giving in to fatigue. Now, he's again representing his country in the Davis Cup and his camp has admitted that, though he has not yet fully recovered from the strain of playing around 100 matches in the span of three months, he's better than he was a couple of weeks ago. It makes me wonder though. Would Nadal be able to recover in time for the Masters Cup in Shanghai? Of course, it's a good thing he hasn't had any serious injury in a while but even mentally-tough players like him eventually give in to the physical strain of the sport. I think that Nadal needs a break. Hopefully, by November, he'd be back in tip-top shape. After all, it seems like the Great Fed is once again breathing down his neck. So, what do you think? Will Nadal lose his no. 1 spot to fatigue? Or will he be able to bounce back and recover like the resilient champion that he is?
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
21 Sep 08
hi nekonyata! i hope Rafa will beat the fatigue and continue to win. i'm sure he's doing his best and i hope he doesn't feel pressured by being the world's top seed in the tennis world. it would be hard if he keeps on thinking on the pressure of maintaining his spot. but judging by what he always says, he doesn't care about records and numbers and all that, all that matters to him as how he plays and give it all he got. pressure adds to fatigue and it wouldn't be good. anyway, let's hope that his coach and all the others in his camp will help him recover physically and mentally. with the Davis Cup still on going, its hard to take breaks and relax. still, i hope Rafa will be able to beat Roddick. and i hope he can rest a lot to prepare for the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
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• Philippines
21 Sep 08
Hi, secretbear. I think being no. 1 automatically would put pressure on anyone but if anyone could overcome that pressure, it's got to be Rafa. And yes, I think his attitude - not caring about numbers and statistics, just doing his best - is what will get him right through. About the Davis Cup, well, I'm obviously cheering for Spain and also hope that Rafa would give Spain the victory they need to advance to the finals. I wonder if we could watch that match. Are there any local cable channels covering the Davis Cup? Cheers and have a happy Sunday.
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
21 Sep 08
i don't think there's a local channel that's airing it. we would have to have a cable connection to watch it. hey, were you able to watch the finals of Wimbledon and the semifinals of US Open? i don't know about the Wimbledon finals but the US open semis and finals were aired at channel23.
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• Philippines
21 Sep 08
*lol* Yes, I was able to watch the Wimbledon final. Actually stayed up into the early hours of the morning for it. Sadly, the Davis Cup isn't aired on either ESPN or Star Sports. The team style of play of the Davis Cup is so similar to the Prince of Tennis tournament format. 2 doubles then 3 singles. *lol*
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• India
20 Oct 09
Obviously, fatigue has played a spoiled part in the Nadal's game. From the time he has made a comeback, his game is not looking the same as it used to be in the past. Also, it would be very difficult for him to regain his numero uno ranking atleast for this year. So it is very important for him to regain his fitness and make a comeback to do what he does the best.
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• Philippines
1 Jun 09
Rafa will always be RAFa, the reign of Roger already ended
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@thea0322 (66)
• Philippines
21 Sep 08
i hope that his fatigue won't affect his no.1 ranking. being the champion that he is, i'm sure he'll be able to cope with his fatigue and play real good tennis for his upcoming matches.
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