Some fans questioned Rafael Nadal’s decision for playing doubles this week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Nadal’s been long-plagued by knee issues throughout his career and hardcourts seem to only make it worse.
Yesterday, after a tough win over Jerzy Janowicz Nadal withdrew from the doubles competition (with Pablo Andujar) to rest his body and knees. But why did he even sign up to play in the first place? Nadal admits, it was just for practice.
“I have to be honest, I play for practice,” Nadal said on Wednesday. “I normally don’t play doubles in a Masters 1000. Indian Wells and Miami are easier because there is lot of days off between matches. But these kind of tournaments you play every day.
“But seven weeks without playing a tennis tournament, as I said before, one match of doubles before the first singles can help me little bit. So that’s the reason I was playing doubles.
“At the end I take it like a practice, but is a little bit more than a practice. At the end you are in a position that you are competing. You start to feel little more the pressure, the tension that you are playing a tennis match. That helps little bit.
“And, seriously, I enjoy a lot playing doubles. If it’s not because my physical, I’m not allowed to play as much as I would like. I want to play more doubles because is a good way to practice things that can improve your tennis in general. You can find things in doubles that you can adjust then on the singles that can help you to be better player.”
Rafa has had some decent success in doubles. He’s won eight titles in 12 finals with two victories at Indian Wells and another at Monte Carlo. He also has 102 career wins, a rarity for someone with over 600 singles match victories.
Nadal will play later today in the singles quarterfinals against Marinko Matosevic. He hasn’t lost on hardcourts this season.
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