Mish-mash of a few articles. First up, one sent in by Patzin:
Federer should thank Nadal’s knees for French Open win
What’s lost in the noise of the crowds of hopping back on the Federer bandwagon is this: his fortune comes as a result of Nadal’s misfortune.
Federer admitted himself that he hardly played his best in Paris, and he doesn’t deny that his days of dominating the sport are over.
While he puts a positive spin on that, saying it’s a motivating, new way to win, he won’t break his current all-time Grand Slam singles titles deadlock with Pete Sampras without Nadal’s help.
He won’t win Wimbledon this year without Nadal’s help — without Rafa’s absence, more than anything else. And he can’t get back to No. 1 without Nadal’s help.
If Nadal is 100 per cent fit at Roland Garros, he surely doesn’t lose to Soderling — and he almost surely doesn’t lose to Federer, either.
Seeing Nadal leave Roland Garros not a winner was like peering into an alternate universe. As I said at the time, I don’t think he played all that badly, even though he thought he did. Soderling forced him back, and then forced him to go for too much when he did try to dictate the points. What’s the trouble with Rafa? A bum knee, pressure and scrutiny, too much tennis, the difficulty of finding your highest motivational gear after winning an event four times, a strong player who didn’t fear you—all of those things. He seemed down the whole tournament, and surprisingly matter of fact in his press conference after his loss. I expected more sadness, but we got a shrug instead. As Federer said, the thought of Nadal not playing Wimbledon after last year’s final is “frightening.” I assume he’ll play; after that, we’ll see. I think even the staunchest anti-Nadalite realizes the game is better with him.
Six weeks ago he owned the sport. In Paris, his aura was pulled away and he was left looking smaller and more ordinary than he ever has at Roland Garros. Now we’re talking about a prolonged absence from the tour. I know things can change quickly in sports, but this is absurd.
Upped half a grade for the pink shirt. At least he went out in typical Rafa fashion: Bold and loud. B
Second Opinion: Examining Nadal’s Knee Issues – having doctors with no direct knowledge of Rafa’s condition yammer on about it seems to be all the craze
He obviously stays in very good condition, which is important. I think if he did some cross-training — perhaps did some training in the pool or in water — that could create less impact on his knees in training while helping him maintain his cardio fitness level without pounding his knees. But given the fact he has experienced this for some time and the nature of the sport with the training and running required it could be a case of him experiencing this tendonitis long term. This condition is very common in basketball players who are running and pounding their knees on a hard surface. It’s something he appears to have been dealing with for so long so it probably is painful and I would imagine he’s probably gone through everything, in terms of treatment, he can try. So it is possible he will continue to deal with this for some time.
And, here’s some dude from Mallorca talking about the knees…and some old footage of Rafa:
Posted by Mallorcaesports.
And another video – only this guy has a ball point pen to use for pointing at the knee joint drawings: