Two articles I liked and thought I’d pass along before going to bed to dream about MaRafaoke.
The Fly in the Ointment by Steve Tignor – this is dated today, but I swear I’ve read it before…or at least bits of it before. Some kind of odd deja vu?
In tennis, where, despite the differences in surfaces, there is only one belt, Nadal is the fly in the ointment, the guy who makes the Goat seem a little more mythic than real again. Nadal’s title isn’t as exalted, but it can’t be argued with: He’s the best at beating the best.
Can Tignor join in on the karaoke? (Will I learn to spell that without having to triple check before this fleeting obsession stops?)
Nadal Knows Only One Way: His Own by Greg Couch. I have mixed feelings about this one.
He’s going to have to. It is that all-out style that got Nadal where he is as a player, but also where he is with his injuries.
I’m never 100% comfortable with that assumption. Yes, it’s more likely that all-out play will lead to injury, but some people are just more prone to injury than others – whether by genetics, build or lack of proper conditioning/stretching/yadda. Are we absolutely sure that it’s Rafa’s playing style that’s got him in trouble?
Federer is seen as the greatest player of all time, but Nadal’s best has been better.
Well, that I like. :)
Nadal is like the kid moving into adulthood, discovering that his body cannot just keep doing the same things it has always done. Think of a baseball pitcher who throws 100 mph and does nothing else. When he gets older, and that 100 drops down to 92, 93, he has to learn how to pitch. But to be what he’s always been, Nadal feels he needs to be that 100 mph pitcher.
This, I tend to agree with. I think he’s started to realize that he can not fire off the 100mph pitch and still win, though. Or, that continuing to insist on going for the 100mph pitch for months on end will definitely lead to bad things…very bad things. We’ve seen that this year…willing to stop play during a Grand Slam match, willing to skip his home tournament…these are all steps that most frustrate him and yet are probably necessary for him to be able to continue winning and kicking ass.