he still refuses to make all the right changes. he is scheduled to play indian wells and miami. i bet any money that he plays both singles and doubles there.
you saw what happened to him at those 2 events last year. he was in a lot of pain and still he could not help himself. he just had to play doubles there and then also in indian wells.
well roger ran over him like he was just standing there in indian wells bailed against murray in miami.
so nobody is feeling sorry for this fool anymore. they are actually laughing at him.
he took his great career right in his prime and killed it. and he keeps killing it.
he had absolutely no business jumping on the hard courts after not being able to play for 6 months. the knee was still pretty bad.
he boasts about his damn indoor hard court. he proudly displays his indoor clay court on his facebook cover picture.
muster reinvented himself and hit #1 with the clay route. at least he got to play and compete. he was not on the sidelines crying and weeping about his knee every few months.
nadal refuses to change a single thing. that is why he is going to watch others take home slams and all the other titles home now.
hell maybe he wants to kill his career as fast as he can. he has lost about 40% of his fitness.
bad knee or no bad knee. you dont lose that much fitness. there are other ways to maintain and even improve your fitness.
bottom line: i dont think he is going to make it to paris.
General Hercules yours is a sad, but excellent post telling it how it is with Clay Warrior.
If he can start playing in South America and makes it to Acapulco without further knee damage, I think he has a chance to get to Roland Garros and win it as long as he stays off the hard courts.
Here would be my schedule for Rafa:
Feb 04 - Vina del Mar
Feb 11 - Sao Paulo
Feb 25 - Acapulco
March - Practice ONLY on clay. To hell with the MSG exho, IW, and Miami. Forget the hard courts.
Apr 05 - Davis Cup (Spain will be at Home on clay)
Apr 14 - Monte-Carlo - should give a good indicator at what level Rafa is.
Apr 22 - Barcelona OR
Apr 29 - Estoril (depending on how he feels after Monte-Carlo)
(skip Madrid - to hell with Madrid and Ion Tiriac)
May 12 - Rome
May 26 - Roland Garros
He might go into RG a little light on matches, but considering the knees, I think it is his best chance at RG #8.