Actually Herc, I think one of the problem with Nadal is that he practices TOO much. Or rather, he's so intense. I've heard that even during practice sessions he goes 110% all out. When he gets on court he goes 110% all out. That along can tire you out. Roger puts the majority of his work in during the off season in Dubai, then when the regular season is here, heck - have you seen some of his practice sessions? Looks like he's asleep out there. Nadal is just the opposite...and sometimes he gets burned out.
Now about this loss - sure, you have your opinions. I think 2 things happened (1) Ferrero played really well and deserved the victory; and (2) - did you see Nadal's feet???? Like dmast said, he didn't get those blisters lying on the beach. He has been training to get in better shape. It amazes me that announcers always say Nadal is the fittest player out there on court - yet he tends to burn out a lot due, I think - to his intense style that he plays.
well its is pretty damn simple then. if you continue to burn out and left totally spent and then prone to all kinds of nagging injuries and ailments, then you get more fit. you simply do something about it or you will continue to get humiliated by players you have no business losing to in the first place. he had destroyed Ferrero no less than 6 times on clay and had never lost to him on this surface.
some people just buy what those announcers have to say. those clowns get paid to dramatize the deal.
Honestly, the ATP scheduling is pretty bad too and should be blamed. No matter how fit a player is, its simply not easy to play at such a high level and intensity every single day.
agreed. but why does Fed never have any injuries of any kind? also how come he never complains about the schedule?
he just goes about his business of constantly developing his fitness and forever trying to improve his game. even at his level--which is the highest of all levels--he has found a way to improve his serve and his backhand. and at nearly 27, he is the fittest in the game and he could just get by on efficiency alone if he had to.
Nadal just has to do something about his fitness or he is dropping like a rock in rankings within a year. its obvious he is not ahead of the pack in terms of actual ,concrete improvements in his game. i have seen no improvement in his game over the course of last 12-15 months or so.
these blisters and knee bandages and the like are all manifestations of declined fitness and lack of improvement in his game. he is spending more time than ever before to win his matches.
he spent extra time on the court against Ferru in Barcelona. that cost him in Rome. he also needed to skip doubles in Monte Carlo. he did say he was tired in Monte Carlo after some of those matches. that is 5 extra matches that he didnt need. that cost him on Rome. it all just adds up.
he complains about the heavy schedule and then proceeds to play 10 matches in 6 days in Monte Carlo. those blisters and that fatigue didnt happen over night. he even had 2 days off before starting back up in Rome. we have to keep in mind that he is just 21. he should not be having the kind of physical problems he has been having for the last 2 years. at some point it has to catch up with you.
you dont see Fed wasting his time with doubles. you didnt see Lendl and Borg wasting their times with doubles. Nadal knows he has a heavy schedule with not just the clay circuit but also the olympics and davis cup this year and still he played doubles in Monte Carlo. hell at this rate, the damn arm will fall off.
he and his camp have got to start rethinking some things or he will be lot lower than just #3 which happens soon. he has to pace himself and pace those clay tournaments. South America is critical to his success. it allows him to gain some confidence and get his ground game in gear. it also allows him to pace himself on the clay circuit to some extent. of course significantly improved fitness removes most of his problems as he would be able to sustain match play and practice.
so now while the other players are paracticing heavy and playing matches, he has to go home and rest for a few days which he doesnt have with Hamburg and French Open right around the corner. he practiced for 20 minutes day before yesterday and about an hour yesterday. that is just not sufficient.