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Yeah I remember that match, and it was also mentioned during this final. As some people in the crowd began to boo Nadal for going away for treatment. I could understand Wawrinka's frustration at not being kept up to date on the situation but the way the crowd behaved was appalling.
Possibly, but why would Nadal of all people want to use such tactics? He's not that sort of player, in my opinion/
It's not really something new, Federer complained (after losing in this tournament) about Nadal taking too much time serving in every single one of their matches (and that he was only penalized once or twice).
Yes but that's during service, this was a break for treatment that went on too long.
But in the end it's the same tactic. He gets a rest of his exhausting playing style and gets his rival a bit off the game at the same time.
Nadal is sort of "notorious" for this (depends on how you look at it). Famous examples:
-VS Haase and Pechzner at 2010 Wimbledon, calling MTO's when they were filled with adrenaline and momentum
-VS Del Potro 2011 Wimbledon, in the middle of a tiebreak, del potro was obviously rattled and tried to retaliate with his own MTO
-VS Federer 2011 FO, Federer in god mode playing the best clay-court tennis of his life, up convincing 5-2, nadal calls MTO, federers concentration breaks, loses that set 5-7
Some other instances i may be forgetting, MTO is there but whenever this happens it generally happens when his opponent is up. Fans, and even commentators alike have alluded to the fact that this is disguised gamesmanship. I was on a tennis forum browsing during the final, several people said "MTO is coming if stans breaks early in the first set" and behold it happened. His injury does seem legit though.
Also hi, it's been a while. I enjoyed this tournament. It was full of upsets lol, glad I'm not a betting man.
Ah yea, Djoker had all the momentum and Nadal urged play to stop after Djoker was up 2-0 in the 4th iirc. Don't remind me of Djokers bad smash that cost hin RG ;-;
I heard about the ITPL coming through and the teams being chosen, what do you guys think about it? Obviously it'll be more work(and fatigue) for the players, but also more money for them and more tennis for us. (Article is HERE)
Also Indian Wells has been going on, with finals to be tonight?(I think). Federer against Djoko, with Murray having been knocked out a few rounds back. I don't think Nadal was in the draw this time.
I like the idea of it, Bob, but I think that the tennis season should be a little shorter in general anyway.
I think over the years, we've seen some of the top players reduce their tournament schedules to allow for proper recovery, as matches become more physically demanding on the body, and I think we'll see more of that with this now in place. Especially for the likes of Nadal and Federer; who I'd see to be more injury-prone than the other top players.
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So both semifinals at Miami were walkovers? wtf? BOTH?! So annoying for the fans who pay their tickets and travel to see players. Well, at least it sets up a mouth watering final between Nadal and Djokovic.
That was so eerie lol....and the final was a comprehensive beating lol.
Wow, no talk about the french open? It seems Novak can't just beat Rafa on clay, it really means a lot to Nadal when he plays on clay, but currently and overall I think Rafa is the better man of the two in terms of tennis. Wimbledon is filled with surprises so there can be some twists and turns, but Roland Garros is the shining example of Rafa's top dominance and form in a year.
As for the ladies, there are always twists and turns there, Sharapova is one day down, one day up, her form however has been a bit more consistent now. Hope to see more from her.