The fatigue factor...
January 31, 2009 3:48am CST
Hi there. I had the pleasure of watching the Nadal vs Verdasco Australian Open semi-final match yesterday - a match that surely would go down in the history books as one of the most compelling matches of the season, at least, and something that warrants its own discussion thread - and I'm glad that, after everything that Rafa has gone through, he is finally through to his first Australian Open final where he'd be facing the Great Fed who seems to be back with a vengeance. Anyway, one of the major concerns expressed by fans and sports commentators alike, is that, while Federer would've had at least two days to rest and recuperate, Nadal would have less than a day to do so, and considering that Nadal has come from a five-setter match against Verdasco (as opposed to Federer's three-setter against Roddick). Also, that this apparent disadvantage could have been lessened if the semi-final matches have been held on the same day. So, fellow tennis enthusiasts, what are your opinions on the matter? I, being a huge Nadal fan, hope that he could overcome the fatigue enough to do well against and beat Federer in tomorrow Australian Open final. Of course, it would've been great if the semi-final matches would've been held on the same day so as to provide both him and Federer almost the same amount of time to recuperate but since that wasn't the way things went, then here's to hoping that he'd recover enough for him and Federer to give us another epic match as these two rivals are beginning to be famous for.
31 Jan 09
The five setter would really have an effect for Rafael Nadal but it can be a good or bad one. Of course he can be exhausted and not be in 100% in dorm but it could also be that it would refresh him and give him more confidence just like what happened when Roger Federer had a five setter in the rounds. I am a Roger fan but I like Nadal too. It would have been nice to have the semifinals at the same day but that is how the draws come up. Just like what happened to Novak when he requested to be changed into the night shift because he played until early in the morning the last time but his request was denied resulting (according to him) his sickness and retired during the match. May the best man win and may they give us a wonderful match tomorrow.
14 Feb 09
Hello. I am also kind of excited for the French Open and hope to see a Nadal vs Federer match. I would like to wish that Roger would win this one so that the rivalry would really intensify because imagine Roger Federer winning in French Open is really huge because that is where Nadal reigns and to the extent that that win would give Roger his 14th Grand Slam title. And if that senario would happen it would be very exiting too in Wimbledon.:) But you know I am a Roger Federer fan and really felt sad during the ceremonies in Australia especially seeing Roger cry and telling it's killing him but I must Rafa is really a great athlete. Thanks for this discussion.:)