Rafael Nadal: Playing Four Five Sets Matches in Four Days, Not Fair
by Tom Gainey | September 8th, 2011, 3:30 pm
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Rafael Nadal voiced his displeasure again at the US Open scheduling. After a frustrated Nadal left the court on a wet Wednesday, Rafa returned today and finished off Gilles Muller in straight sets. But Nadal was still unhappy at the way the US Open has treated the players and forced them to play four five-set matches over the next four days.

“That’s not fair, but that’s what it is,” Nadal said. “Here in the Grand Slams, if I am in the position of the US Open or Wimbledon or Australia, Roland Garros, I will do the same. Why not? I had a lot of interesting meeting with the TV, with everybody, that for sure is better to have the final on Sunday for them. But not for the players, because our part of the draw will be in a very difficult situation for the player who will be in the final. The semifinals maybe, too, because two days in a row playing tough matches is difficult.

But the problem is we need to have the right representation in these tournaments,” he added. “I don’t know how, but things like this cannot happen. Having the semifinals on Saturday, you know, is something crazy for the players. Last year it was the final on Monday. So is something that in my opinion cannot happen, and the players are important part of the show.”

Nadal also addressed the issue with rain again. “The US Open is — probably more important is the US Open than the players, but the players are a big part of this show. The fans are a big part of this show. Yesterday you cannot like fans going on court for five, ten minutes, because never stops the rain. So the problem, in my opinion, is not the organization of the US Open. The problem is we don’t have enough power in these kind of tournaments. That’s what have to change very soon.”

On court Nadal put on a good show today. And through four rounds he hasn’t dropped a set. Tomorrow Rafa meets Andy Roddick who he leads 6-3. Roddick did beat Nadal in their first meeting at the US Open in 2004.

“Andy is a fantastic player,” Nadal said. “He’s having one of the best careers, being in the top players for, I don’t know, 11 years, 10 years, 9 years. That’s a lot. That’s amazing. So I have big respect for Andy, especially he’s very tough to be there for a long time and he did.”


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91 Comments for Rafael Nadal: Playing Four Five Sets Matches in Four Days, Not Fair

Skeezerweezer Says:

Trying to understand this, its not fair to him or is he speaking for all the players that are still in?


Kimberly Says:

does anyone even know who kerber is? I will go to fromsport because I can’t even picture her and she is in with a shot at the semi finals.


Brando Says:

@ skeezerweezer: it’s clearly not fair on him. But I think he also speaks for Murray, roddick or whoever comes through his half. It’s just plain obvious the disadvantage that they are under. Further, I think rafa is is using this ocassion to make a more ‘general’ point by referring to the super Saturday and final next day, which, let’s face it, I think openly everyone sees as being ridiculous scheduling for players at a grand slam.


Dan Martin Says:

Nadal as a labor leader – he has a my attention


mat4 Says:

Nole wins the first set. Lousy play. Fortunately, he woke up in the tie break, and Tipsy choke a bit.


WTF Says:

Tipsy is a perrenial choker against quality players. I can’t see him ever breaking the top 10.

He should have beat Federer at AO a few years ago too.


sheila Says:

uso predictable: nadal/djokovic final & im betting nadal wins this one. tennis matches of late r predictable insofar as finals go: nadal/djokovic. if federer loses again 2 tsonga then thats 3x & hell never make it 2 another final in a major if he cant get thru guys like tsonga.


Skeezerweezer Says:

The “Super Saturday” is a US Open tradition, this is nothing new, has been that way for years. Rafa has complained about that before. The difference here is they botched the scheduling from the beginning by not looking at the weather forecast. It doesn’t mean they would have still needed to catch up but this quickly turned into a circus.


mat4 Says:

@WTF:

Sometimes he is. But he beat Murray, Roddick (twice), Berdych (3) among others. So, there are days when he doesn’t choke.

Nole is playing bad. His FH is nowhere to be seen. His serve is absent. His BH down the line inexistent.


alison hodge Says:

@sheila i think as you say rafa wins this years us open ,then that would be unpredictable, not predictable,as everybodys predicting,nole will win the title.


Anna Says:

They’ve had two weeks of play, and 4 of 7 matches will be played in the last four days of the tournament for whoever comes from the bottom of the draw. A 24 hour break between quarter finals and semis for the top half gives them a huge advantage. If someone from the top half wins, that win will not be as credible as it would be if both finalists had the same advantage. Isn’t that just common sense?


mat4 Says:

@alison hodge:

I am not predicting Nole will win the title. In fact, I am not sure he will make the semi.


Maso Says:

What a match for Tips. He’s really pulling the shots. Nole’s level has been inconsistent since the beginning, though. Facing break points again! Double break points even.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Anna

In the end it will be credible, as years from now they will look back and just want to know who held the trophy in the end.

It is for sure going to turn out unfair to some no doubt. A lot will depend also on who plays the longest toughest matches also in these final days. We’ll see. Sure it would be great if from here on out everyone had equal rest, etc, just don’t know if it is possible.:(


alison hodge Says:

think positive mat4 can you honestly see nole loosing this match,even when not playing there best great champions find a way,noles going to probably have to dig deep though no two ways about it,please call me alison.


mat4 Says:

Nole stealing the game.

Concerning Rafa… The problem is that he only complains when something doesn’t suit him personally. I think that it is so well known that I don’t need to elaborate.


Brando Says:

@ skeezerweezer: I can understand the tradition part- but they have to find a way to accomadate fair play. If they could play round 16, qtrs on the same day- as elsewhere- then keep super Saturday, then it’s fair until that point. The final should then move to an evening start- making sure everyone has 24 hours to recover. That would be better I feel.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

I have problems with written “names”. I always think of them just like some kind of cipher, just like my alias. I also don’t know the gender behind the names. I thought Kimmi was a man, though I figured sheila was a lady.

Tipsy is playing well. Nole is slowly finding his FH, but I feel Tipsy is winning the BH duel.


mat4 Says:

Time for Tipsy to choke.


mat4 Says:

Suddenly, Nole is unleashing his FH. He plays the TB differently.


tennisfansince76 Says:

is it just me or is Nole struggling today? if tipsy wins a set this could get ugly. then it would come down to how hard Fed or Tsonga have to work tonight


tennisfansince76 Says:

wow! the USO just got interesting again.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mens final is on Monday


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mens final is on Monday


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal and Murray cruised today. now Nole is showing weakness. hmmmmm


mat4 Says:

He plays the tie break differently… but Tipsy played also differently.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Dang, hate double posts. Tipsy is giving a 120% effort out there today in this buddy matchup. Great match to watch. Why do I still feel Nole is gonna win?


Brando Says:

Wow wee! What is going on with nole? Still expect him to him. Tipsarevic has never a SINGLE title- no way is he going to beat a man who has only lost twice in a year!


Maso Says:

What a match up! Tips is really hanging in there. When Novak got his break back early in the first set, I thought it was a clear signal that he was gonna walk all over Tipsy but his compatriot is giving him a serious, serious run for his money!!


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

I envy you. I feel nothing.


mem Says:

way to go nadal, roddick, murray, & whomever. that’s what happens when you unite for a great cause. it’s only fair! players deserve an equal playing field.

uso made the right decision. good for them!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Brando,

Your suggestion came true. Players do have a say in scheduling. Good for them! This will make a quality final, hope it is prime time TV, but will compete with football..oh well.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4
Lol


alison hodge Says:

mat4 yeah see what you mean about names,when i get e mails my name is little pink pixie,which i think would sound daft on a tennis forum,thats why i decided to stick with alison,i know its not very exciting but there you go,after tipsy won that 2nd set nole will have to dig deep,however i still dont see nole loosing this match.


Maso Says:

What a rally!! And break for Djokovic in the third set. Let’s see if he can hold on to it.


mat4 Says:

Nole just said: F… it. What a miss!

Comparative philology.


Swiss Maestro Says:

Thank God! the men’s final has been moved to monday. We will be spared of some whining and people will STFU! (we all know who they are)


Skeezerweezer Says:

mem

“whomever” would be RF, president of ATP Players Council that represents the players on the ATP Tour, rafa is VP.


mat4 Says:

It seems that Djoko has finally found his game, and has flatten a bit his strokes.

But I could be wrong, of course.


scineram Says:

Too much whining, as always, from Nadal. Last year super saturday favored him, now payback time.


Maso Says:

Agreed, mat4, seems like Djoko’s found his pace and Tips is slowing down a bit as well. If Nole hangs in there, he should finish it in 4.


Maso Says:

Though, to be honest, the level of play has been really high. Djoko maybe hasn’t been as impressive as usual, but Tipsy is having an incredible day. If he played like this on a consistent basis, he’d be in the top 10 for sure.


Grand Slam Says:

Djoko’s body language, serve and FH are concerning!!!! Does he still have the shoulder issues???? Anyway, he cannot afford a showing like this in the SF against Fed/Tsonga!!!!!!!


mat4 Says:

@Maso:

He watched Tipsy a few times (against DelPo this year, Roddick at WB a few years ago). He has the talent, the game, but he really used to choke in important matches.

But he married, and then his results improved. When I see his wife, I am certain she could make me feel ten years younger. Maybe she has a good effect on him. (Good… terrific…)


mat4 Says:

I watched…


mat4 Says:

Grand Slam:

I totally agree.


Swiss Maestro Says:

tipsy has angered djokovic. he brought the hammer down without any mercy! this match is done!

bring on fed-tsonga!


Skeezerweezer Says:

They just put a stat that says Nole has won 12 sets this year at 6-0.


Swiss Maestro Says:

Can we give the USTA props for finally making a good decision? People have been feasting on them for the past few days, but surely they deserve the props till we are officially informed that any of the players had a hand in moving the finals to monday?


Swiss Maestro Says:

skeezer @ 613:

ridiculous! what a super year!


Maso Says:

Uh-oh… what’s wrong with Djoko? Cramps?


skeezerweezer Says:

@SM; Ratting on the USTA…..that’d be me ;)

So yeah Props to them for doing the right thing!!!


mem Says:

swiss masetro,

i agree, we do know who they are! if you want to call it whining, then i don’t mind being called a whiner for “fairness.” again, great move by uso.


Maso Says:

And Djoko breaks in the fourth. Think this is it, but what a match it has been!


gum Says:

Wow. Nice job novak on faking another “big injury” when you’re really just making an excuse to take a time out when Tipsarevic just starts to look like a threat again. Always breaking your opponents momentum with your excessive ball bouncing and medical time-outs. I remember another player who did that, his name was Coria. Hopefully you will share the same fate in the final Nole.


Swiss Maestro Says:

mem/Skeezer,

not you guys!

I wonder if the players had a say in this or the USTA made this decision after all the fiasco of yesterday?


Maso Says:

And Djoko’s the first player qualified for the semis. Can’t wait to see the Federer/Tsonga match up.


mat4 Says:

It becomes a bad habit. Although I understand that players should take care of their health, a retirement is never nice.

Idem for Djoko in Cincy. But thinking about it, is it maybe an agreement between made by the players themselves in the locker?


Humble Rafa Says:

Remember kids don’t push yourself too hard to win one point and end up injuring yourself. Only I can do that.


Dory Says:

I am once again in a dilemma for next match. Don’t know how I can root against Federer, just not possible but if he wins today, he can defeat Nole in the semi and then he certainly cannot beat Nadal in the final if he also reaches from the other half. If either of the Andy’s can defeat Nadal, then Fed should win the USO, otherwise Djoko.


alison hodge Says:

this match was a good test for nole,but quite physical all the same,tipsy will rue those missed chances,a case of what might have been,in that 1st set,however just glad nole got through,is it my imagination or did he not look like his usual supreme best.


mat4 Says:

Dory:

If Tsonga wins today, he also can beat Nole in the semi. But his match against Rafa… could be a real war. The only player Jo struggles against is Andy Murray.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, I am not certain that Roger can’t win against Rafa in the final.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

Nole played bad the last few matches. He looked to cautious, playing with to much spin.

He certainly does not serve well, although his stats in this match are a bit better.

It could be the pressure. I played that way at WB, but elevated his level in the semi and the final. It could be the case here too.

Anyway, I am not optimistic about his chances in the semi.


mat4 Says:

Sorry. …too … too …


Kimmi Says:

ah,missed everything today..

C’MON Roger!


alison hodge Says:

wow mat4 i have only been posting on the forum a short time,and i did not know that you used to play tennis,so you of all people will have a good idea on how the players will be feeling when put under pressure,however i still think he will be ok,it wont be easy i know,but like you say its probably just nerves.


madmax Says:

C’MON Roger!

Just play brilliant!


Dan Martin Says:

Nole will have to peek at the right time as his current level won’t win the event. Then again after 3 rounds at Wimbledon Federer looked unstoppable and then played poorly vs. Youzhny and lost to Tsonga after having a 2 set lead. Early form is not everything.


Brando Says:

@dory:

I believe federer can beat nadal here. He is 3-0 against rafa in indoor courts, 2-1 on grass and after that they have have never played at places like USO or cincy.

Federer is the better player on quick surfaces, so if they would meet i wouild say 50-50 or maybe federer is the favourite since he would have had to beat tsonga, djokovic in order to play rafa. Murray would be a better matchup for federer though.

Either way let’s not count our chickens too soon, roger has to beat tsonga 1st. Hope roger wins, i expect in 4. COME ON FEDERER!!!


jamie Says:

My psychic friend sees Nole winning the USO and the Davis Cup. This year is going to be tough for the Nole haters….


Swiss Maestro Says:

alison:

I think it is a typo by mat4. He meant to say “he” but typed out “I”. he was mentioning about djokovic’s play at wimbledon


Brando Says:

@Dan Martin: Nole has not looked good at all in my eyes- BUT i also thought he wasn’t doing too well at wimby and then he goes on to win. Same with rafa at FO this year, awful early and then he performed near the end. Its always best too play better later on than early.

I’d still say its nole’s until someone beats him. Can he lose? Of course he can, but it shall require a special performance.


jamie Says:

She sees Fed winning tonight.

Let’s see if she is right….


alison hodge Says:

thanks swiss maestro i think i got my wires well and truely crossed there lol,like i said not been posting on this forum very long,i didnt even know what wb stood for either,i should have read the post a bit more carefully,god what an airhead.


Kimmi Says:

oh,here is everybody.

I have everything crossed for roger


Kimmi Says:

RAIN..oh no!!


Kimmi Says:

Too bad for the rain. oh well, what can you do!


jamie Says:

How long will the rain last?

If Fed has to play tomorrow, it changes everything, then Tsonga could win…


someone Says:

Rafa constantly complains, like clockwork … his body, health, the schedule, his toenails, fingers, I mean in never ends … his water bottles are an inch out of place and he can’t play, he makes opponents waits for ridiculous amounts of time like a diva and somehow, he’s still humble and a great sportsman!


Dory Says:

They’re back!! Hope they finish the match tonight!


Dory Says:

The biggest issue with Roger’s game IMHO is that he has lost his accuracy and his consistency. You cannot depend on him to play with high precision shots and less UEs. It’s all hit or miss. That’s good enough for most players but that’s why he keeps losing against top 10-15 players every once in a while. Understandable given his achievements and age but the results are just not coming and I really don’t see him winning a slam until he gets his accuracy back. (can’t believe I just said that).


Ike Says:

human beings have been trying to fight the aging probably since the beginning of human kind. As you get old, you lose accuracy, consistency, precision, movement, recovery, etc.
But, I still believe Roger has one more GS left in him, (I hope not, but i think so).


Ike Says:

i don’t think Jo is playing well today, i think we can start looking forward to Nole-Fed semi


Dory Says:

Federer and Djokovic in the same half in Slams:
- 2011 US Open, 2010 US Open, 2009 US Open, 2008 US Open (4)
- 2011 Wimbledon, 2010 Wimbledon, 2008 Wimbledon, 2006 Wimbledon (4)
- 2011 French Open, 2009 French Open (2)
- 2011 Australian Open, 2010 Australian Open, 2009 Australian Open, 2008 Australian Open, 2007 Australian Open, 2005 Australian Open (6)
Total: 16

Nadal and Djokovic in the same half in Slams:
2007 US Open
2007 Wimbledon
2010 French Open, 2008 French Open, 2007 French Open, 2006 French Open
Total: 6

So Nadal requires to play against only one of them or neither of them.


van orten Says:

Even the blindest sees This Match is clearly on feds raquet


Kimberly Says:

Roger is playing great


Kimberly Says:

If he keeps playing like this I think Jamie’s psychic will be out of work after the semi!


Kimberly Says:

By the way, no one answered me on who is kerber, you know the semi finalist in the us open. Does anyone know who this chick is?


Dory Says:

Djokovic has high precision right now, probably the highest right now unless he’s rushed and points shortened like Federer did successfully at the FO. For longer rallies, Djoko will win. I think Djoko will win this semi.


Anna Says:

Nole’s like a cat with nine lives. One minute he’s sucking air and doubled over, and then the next he’s bashing balls for winners. It’s amazing how he goes through game after game in this fashion. It has to completely frustrate his opponent. That said, I’m really looking forward to Fed and Nole’s semi-final, and I think Fed is going to win once again. It looked to me like Roger has a bit more gas in his tank than Nole, unless all Nole’s gasping is a maneuver to throw his opponent off.

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