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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #260 on: March 19, 2012, 02:43:39 PM »
general shanks is 100% correct:
 
clay warrior has lost his focus and some of his drive. so he is not even giving his relentless will a chance to enter into the equation.
 
in short, he does not want it bad enough.

That loss in IW will charge his batteries, no way he wants to this to continue and will do anything to stop it.
 
Now that Fed worked on that BH Nadal has no choice but to get that wing working at top level.
 
 

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #261 on: March 19, 2012, 02:47:17 PM »
There is no way Nadal is going to sweep the clay season, I was right in 2011 and even more so in 2012.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #262 on: March 19, 2012, 03:13:55 PM »
there's no need to sweep the clay season either........montecarlo, rome and french open are more than enough.......if he wins those, he will be very hard to stop at wimbledon......
Marian Vajda to Novak Djokovic, "I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man KEPT COMING AFTER YOU! Now we don't need no man like that in our lives."

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #263 on: March 19, 2012, 04:56:26 PM »
general shanks is 100% correct:
 
clay warrior has lost his focus and some of his drive. so he is not even giving his relentless will a chance to enter into the equation.
 
in short, he does not want it bad enough.

howdy hercules......i am surprised to see how satisfying he looked winning the doubles.......it's almost like watching brians holding wimbledon.......that's a sign of concern because the will factor is negated when his focus is elsewhere.......


you got it general. and i did get a look at that doubles match. he was horrible with his return in the 2nd set.

and as for the volleys,  anybody can put away a volley at the net and still i saw him push/guide a few volleys a few times he was at the net.

that doubles is actually hurting his singles game. he played from the backcourt so that is no way to learn anything.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #264 on: March 20, 2012, 02:51:36 PM »
general shanks is 100% correct:
 
clay warrior has lost his focus and some of his drive. so he is not even giving his relentless will a chance to enter into the equation.
 
in short, he does not want it bad enough.

howdy hercules......i am surprised to see how satisfying he looked winning the doubles.......it's almost like watching brians holding wimbledon.......that's a sign of concern because the will factor is negated when his focus is elsewhere.......


you got it general. and i did get a look at that doubles match. he was horrible with his return in the 2nd set.

and as for the volleys,  anybody can put away a volley at the net and still i saw him push/guide a few volleys a few times he was at the net.

that doubles is actually hurting his singles game. he played from the backcourt so that is no way to learn anything.

You are right.

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #265 on: March 20, 2012, 02:54:20 PM »
CD - I get the feeling that Nadal just doesn't care about hardcourt tournmanents anymore. Only the clay matters to him.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #266 on: March 20, 2012, 03:00:10 PM »
CD - I get the feeling that Nadal just doesn't care about hardcourt tournmanents anymore. Only the clay matters to him.

I think not. He played great at the Australian Open against Djokovic

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #267 on: March 20, 2012, 03:05:32 PM »
I think not. He played great at the Australian Open against Djokovic

But that might have been his last gasp of caring about it. At Indian Wells he seems distant, not involved.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #268 on: March 20, 2012, 05:13:44 PM »
he needs to wake the hell up and smell the coffee. he will soon be #3.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #269 on: March 20, 2012, 05:43:35 PM »
he needs to wake the hell up and smell the coffee. he will soon be #3.

Heaven forbid being #3 in the world at anything.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #270 on: March 20, 2012, 06:14:15 PM »
he needs to wake the hell up and smell the coffee. he will soon be #3.

Heaven forbid being #3 in the world at anything.

Wish I was #3...
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #271 on: March 20, 2012, 06:43:57 PM »
he needs to wake the hell up and smell the coffee. he will soon be #3.

Heaven forbid being #3 in the world at anything.

Wish I was #3...
:rofl_2: good one Scott, me too. I'd be happy to be top 50  :rofl_2:  :innocent:

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #272 on: March 21, 2012, 12:07:56 AM »
you mean top 50,000,000 alex.  :rofl_2:
 
i dont know why always forget to add those 6 zeros.
 
 
all kidding aside, #3 is not acceptable. the idea is to move up, not down. even fed is trying to move up.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #273 on: March 21, 2012, 12:13:14 AM »
CD - all I'm saying is that there is no shame in #3. Nadal will never challenge for most weeks at #1, so why not just forget about the ranking and focus on cleaning up the clay? Roger has proven you can clean up lots of titles at #3.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #274 on: March 21, 2012, 12:31:35 AM »

I think Rafa will bounce back during the clay season.

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #275 on: March 21, 2012, 12:37:49 AM »
CD - all I'm saying is that there is no shame in #3. Nadal will never challenge for most weeks at #1, so why not just forget about the ranking and focus on cleaning up the clay? Roger has proven you can clean up lots of titles at #3.


i never said anything about "most weeks at #1" old sport.

still if you want to win slams, it is best to stay at #1 or #2.

you also start to lose some of your additional endorsement potential if you start to drop in rankings.

so nobody really wants to drop. the trick is to move up or at least maintain.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #276 on: March 21, 2012, 12:41:32 AM »

I think Rafa will bounce back during the clay season.

he pretty much has to do his thing there. this becomes the single most important clay season of his entire career. there is a very good chance now that he will hit RG at #3 seed.

so his clay immortality and his legacy is at stake. he can also break borg`s record of 6 french opens.

clay is all he has left. he cant win on hard courts anymore since he refuses to improve his game. one has to believe that he will fight to death  to protect his turf this year.
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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #277 on: March 21, 2012, 01:26:14 AM »
A drop in the rankings will also drop his already low confidence. He did look very listless in that match against Fed, while Fed still seems to be having the drive. Confidence does make a world of a difference. hopefully the clay season will instill Rafa with the much needed confidence.


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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #278 on: March 21, 2012, 01:43:22 AM »
now seriously, I don't think Rog will overtake #2. I mean sure everything is possible, but I don't see it happening. we are about to enter the clay season and we all know who is the king on clay.

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Re: Your Expectations For the Clay Warrior in 2012
« Reply #279 on: March 21, 2012, 02:28:21 AM »
he pretty much has to do his thing there. this becomes the single most important clay season of his entire career. there is a very good chance now that he will hit RG at #3 seed.

so his clay immortality and his legacy is at stake. he can also break borg`s record of 6 french opens.

clay is all he has left. he cant win on hard courts anymore since he refuses to improve his game. one has to believe that he will fight to death  to protect his turf this year.

CD - you said the same thing in '10 and look what Rafa did - he had his biggest year yet. What are you worried about old sport.
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