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Tennis4you:

--- Quote from: Start da Game on December 29, 2012, 01:02:11 PM ---thanks for the nice words, gawdblessya.........i am still a bit angry that he is skipping the AO.........he and his uncle got this one wrong.........it is not a positive approach.........

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My hunch is most Nadal fans are not thrilled with the decision.  With as healthy as the other top 3 have been, it really makes you wonder.  I hope we can see a strong return from Nadal this year, sooner than later would be good.  I am a Fed fan, but tennis needs Nadal!

Start da Game:

--- Quote from: Tennis4you on December 29, 2012, 05:47:50 PM ---
--- Quote from: Start da Game on December 29, 2012, 01:02:11 PM ---thanks for the nice words, gawdblessya.........i am still a bit angry that he is skipping the AO.........he and his uncle got this one wrong.........it is not a positive approach.........

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My hunch is most Nadal fans are not thrilled with the decision.  With as healthy as the other top 3 have been, it really makes you wonder.  I hope we can see a strong return from Nadal this year, sooner than later would be good.  I am a Fed fan, but tennis needs Nadal!

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most of them are not happy with this decision, just saying all "right" things in public so that nobody calls them a mere bandwagoner and a glory hunter or any other name.........

it is very clear that he is fearing defeat and running away from grandslams and that is the last thing i thought nadal would ever do.........it's a shame on him and even bigger shame on uncle toni.........

thumbs down at nadal and his uncle........

Emma:
Nadal's withdrawal doesn't surprise me at all. I don't see him coming back until Monte Carlo though he has put down his name in several tournaments before then, but there will be some last minute withdrawals as well.

I agree with the statement that Nadal doesn't want to see any defeats on hard courts hence the opt out. I don't know if anyone remembers other than Nadal fans, but Nadal's performance was abysmal on hard courts after his return and had a series of losses. He did not win any titles upon return in that late part of 2009 and the first part of 2010. He lost to Del Potro at the USO and then to Murray at the AO. In fact, since some of you are so busy putting asterisks next to some of the winners', you might as well put one next to Del Potro's USO trophy. Because Nadal had just made a comeback after seeing a defeat to Soderling on his favourte surface at RG and skipping Wimbledon as a result as his confidence was shattered by then, he wasn't exactly riding high on the confidence level and so a player like Del Potro had no problems brushing Nadal aside in straight sets - a player who hasn't seen a win over Nadal since then.

Nadal only won his first title in 2010 once the clay season rolled around. He sealed the deal at MC once again and went on a tear and won the next 3 Slams. One can also put an asterisk next to Nadal's 2010 USO, where he basically had to face no solid hard court players and Nole was off from a very long and hard win over Federer in the semi and was mostly done by then (Andy went out early with a wrist injury). In fact, I'd like to put another asterisk next to Nadal's 2012 RG as Nole was half done after the semi-final, as he had to beat Federer in the semi and he didn't like his defeat the year before to the same player, so he had to give his all in that match vs Federer. So Nadal benefited from there as well.

I am very sure this is all Nadal's decision. He wants to come back strong and so if there's any doubt in his head, he's not going to do it. This, of course, doesn't necessarily mean that history will repeat again. They do sometimes but not always or else we'd be leaving in a repeated world. Best of luck to Nadal nonetheless. Tennis does miss him.

Emma:

--- Quote from: Start da Game on December 30, 2012, 09:21:29 AM ---i see that my post is deleted and that f**king idiot jesse james's isn't...........if that post doesn't get deleted in the next 3 hours, count this post as the last.........

i am a man of my word.........

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I saw that post. I've seen much worse and they never got deleted. That's why I am not very keen on this forum. or any forum.

FreakyGOAT > CD:

--- Quote from: Emma on December 30, 2012, 09:28:53 AM ---
--- Quote from: Start da Game on December 30, 2012, 09:21:29 AM ---i see that my post is deleted and that f**king idiot jesse james's isn't...........if that post doesn't get deleted in the next 3 hours, count this post as the last.........

i am a man of my word.........

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I saw that post. I've seen much worse and they never got deleted. That's why I am not very keen on this forum. or any forum.

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This forum has the best moderation of any tennis forum. The competition is weak though... Hopefully that post gets deleted ;)

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