Rafael Nadal Talks About New Knee Treatments That Will Help Him Lead A More Normal Life
by Tom Gainey | December 31st, 2013, 10:16 am
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Ahead of his first official match of 2014, Rafael Nadal met the press yesterday in Doha where the World No. 1 discussed his off season and a new treatment on his ailing knees.

“I started (training only) two weeks ago – two weeks and a half,” Nadal the Peninsula. “And (in) the first week, I didn’t move myself, just practicing from the middle. So realistically speaking, I was playing for one week.”

He then revealed a new treatment that he hopes will solve his ever-present knee issues and cut down on his use of anti-inflammatories.

“I really felt that this one (new treatment) really makes me feel more comfortable because I don”t have pain like I had (previously),” Nadal said. “So even if I was able to play very well this year, you know, that I played a lot of days with anti‑inflammatories. But anyway, I was able to compete very well during the full season since I started (the treatment). That was my goal and idea so I am very happy about everything.

“It is true that with that last treatment I feel more comfortable on my knee during the rest of the day. I feel that I can do much more in normal life than what I did last year and a half, because at the end I was playing tennis, but for the rest, I just relaxed.”

Nadal, who won his doubles first round, opens his 2014 single season today against Lukas Rosol.


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81 Comments for Rafael Nadal Talks About New Knee Treatments That Will Help Him Lead A More Normal Life

Giles Says:

A pain free Rafa is music to my ears!
Vamos Champ!
Stay Healthy!


madmax Says:

God, more news about the knees.


Giles Says:

madmax. But hey, this is good new, no?


holdserve Says:

Madmax you will keep hearing about the knee because the affliction is real. Not fake like Fed’s back injury. The guy actually claimed a handicap to get out of serving his country and happily went on to win 15 more grand slams after producing the fake medical certificate in Feb 2004. What a fraud. Not surprising he skips Davis Cup. He loves only himself and money and glory. Poor Wawa!!!


Slice Tennis Says:

” The guy actually claimed a handicap to get out of serving his country ”

Very true.


Slice Tennis Says:

I am seriously asking you guys, when was the last time Rafa mentioned about his knees after a loss.


Anna Says:

Rafa mentions his knees when asked, and even then he sometimes refuses to talk about them. He can’t help what gets written about on blogs. I’ve said it before, if you don’t want to read about the knees, don’t read an article with Rafa’s knees in the title.


Ben Pronin Says:

ST, before Wimbledon this year he said grass is toughest on his knees. After losing to Darcis, he said he didn’t want to talk about the knees. But the excuse was already premade.

After his loss to Rosol, he said nothing about being injured. A week later, he’s planning which events to skip, and subsequently misses the rest of the year. There was nothing to indicate the knees were bothering him in that loss.


Okiegal Says:

Knees holding up nicely. Beat Rosol at Doha 6-2 7-6.
No shoulder bumps, but no pleasantries at the net either!


Slice Tennis Says:

Fact number 1:
Rafa has problematic knees and has missed tournaments because of that.
The fed hooligans should know this better. You guys keep harping that Rafa plays a punishing game, runs too much, plays clay court tennis on hardcourts, doesn’t have a proper technique, etc. unlike Federer who floats, flies, swims, dances on the court. So he bound to get injured. The pundits also “predicted” that his career may be cut short because of his style.


Slice Tennis Says:

Fact number 2:
Rafa doesn’t mention the knees as an excuse after losing. Where are the quotes guys ?

When the journos ask about the knees he says he doesn’t want to talk about it.


Slice Tennis Says:

Fact number 3:
Rafa knees are always kept on the news by the media and the haters who were hoping that his career would end early.

But Federer has mentioned about back, leg, head, mono, stereo, etc voluntarily after losses.


Slice Tennis Says:

“ST, before Wimbledon this year he said grass is toughest on his knees.”

This is true.

“After losing to Darcis, he said he didn’t want to talk about the knees. But the excuse was already premade.”

False.
Uncle toni stated clearly that no issue with the knee and he lost it because of lack of confidence.


amadeus Says:

drama drama drama
dramadal


Humble Rafa Says:

I can’t give you any details of my “treatments” but you are welcome to borrow my knee machine.


holdserve Says:

So Sean, Fed fans can write about doping?
skeezer posts links to tennis has a steroid problem? Why haven’t you deleted his post?
Is this site only for Fed fans and they can brazenly accuse Rafa of doping and you have no problem?


skeezer Says:

holdserve,
Stop it already.

It wasn’t about doping, but one of the links questioned it, not me.
Overall that post was in response to your sockpuppet Slice Tennis, who kept continually provoking posters to come up with Rafa’s excuse history. A vamoshead protocol.
Complaints should be directed to ST, who asked for it.


rafaeli Says:

Obviously, Rafa’s detractors spend more time reading and talking about than talking about their own player. The can all give blow by blow accounts of his injuries, success and failures.

Rafa is the most talked about player in tennis, of all time.


rafaeli Says:

Federer:

“Considering the back issues I’ve had, I’m pleased that I’m pain-free for a long period of time now with a lot of tennis,” he said.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/630381/defiant-federer-upbeat-despite-marred-season/


rafaeli Says:

Slice Tennis Says:
Fact number 1:
Rafa has problematic knees and has missed tournaments because of that.
The fed hooligans should know this better. You guys keep harping that Rafa plays a punishing game, runs too much, plays clay court tennis on hardcourts, doesn’t have a proper technique, etc. unlike Federer who floats, flies, swims, dances on the court. So he bound to get injured. The pundits also “predicted” that his career may be cut short because of his style.

December 31st, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Exactly! Then they are surprised when he gets injured.


Slice Tennis Says:

Skeezer,

There was not even one link in your loooong post where Rafa came up with an injury excuse after losing a match.


skeezer Says:

“Obviously, Rafa’s detractors spend more time reading and talking about than talking about their own player. ”
Tell that to holdserve and slice tennis. LMAO.

@dr snuggles,
Lol!


Slice Tennis Says:

The simple fact is that Rafa has a real knee injury which has forced him to miss grandslams and other important tournaments including Olympics in his career.

But he has not VOLUNTARILY mentioned this as the reason after losing to anyone.

When he took time off to treat his injury, obviously he needs to give the details officially. That’s not an excuse.

Skeezer,
Try again.


John Says:

Holdserve is the biggest adult baby Ive ever had the pleasure of reading.

Such a fake!

I bet he spent lots of time in the Army. Why else would he suggested Federer was making excuses for not serving in the Swiss RS(no link).

@holdserve

No. 1

You know nothing about the Military, never mind the Swiss Army.

No. 2

Stop pretending you know things you don’t. I actually serve in the Swiss Airforce so I know what im talking about.

Try going on a 100km march with no breaks, lugging a 35kg back pack, plus a rifle, gas mask, GT and the rest of the gear. See how your back holds up Mr holdserve… Emm, Cough Cough…

Yeah, Feds a big FAKE!

If you knew a thing, you would know professional sportsmen are not required to do military service. Guess I overestimated you.

Stop talking about things you clearly have no understanding of. Its just ignorant.


Slice Tennis Says:

His knee stories are always followed by the media because of the curiosity of the huge number of fed fans. They desperately hope that the knee stops Rafa from his march towards dethroning fed at the top.
So he is being asked by the journos about this almost always. But still he has NEVER mentioned that as the excuse after a loss.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa’s injuries are caused by his poor technique, poor footwork, too much running, long matches where he keeps running to retrieve everything. His career will be cut short because of this.

Source:
Fed fans.

LMAO


skeezer Says:

^oh now you claim the media. Your true colors and all your propoganda blabberness posts are coming into the light.
This is the true, no?
RoFf!
Be careful where you tread.
—–
“But still he has NEVER mentioned that as the excuse after a loss.”
#flatoutlie
#vamosheadlogic


Slice Tennis Says:

“Obviously, Rafa’s detractors spend more time reading and talking about than talking about their own player.”

Very true Rafaeli. Look at the threads about Federer….absolutely no activity. This is the reason Sean & Co are forced to write controversial stuff about Rafa.

Anything about Rafa sells.


Slice Tennis Says:

Still there are no links from anyone where Rafa has brought up the injury excuse after losing a match.


skeezer Says:

^Apparently you cannot read, LMAO!
Read, repeat. Read, repeat.


Slice Tennis Says:

Which link has the voluntary injury excuse after a loss ?
{;ease be specific instead of beating around the bush with thasp links.


skeezer Says:

“Anything about Rafa sells.”
Not true. But if he promotes Armani underwear, then, apparently, yes, it sells.
But this is Tennis, not Victoria Secrets for Men.


skeezer Says:

You’re not worth typing already. Happy New year and better luck next time!


John Says:

@Slice Tennis

Yeah Rafa sells. Though for every bottle of rum he sells Fed sells 10 Coffee machines.

Don’t even try bring that angle, you will simply lose.

Btw,

Players success will directly relate to online traffic 99% of the time. So you drawing such a comparison puts you on par with holdseve’s ignorance.

There’s more Fed fans sleeping like babies right now than all Rafa fans combined, your point?


Slice Tennis Says:

As usual only personal attacks….no substance and facts.
Better luck next time.


John Says:

@ Slice

Oh, but you only go on to quote two of the links, rather then admit you were wrong. I dint even read them, I don’t care. Just shows the kinda folk that are hanging around here these days. Spineless…

No point staying when there is nothing to be learned.


Slice Tennis Says:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1290998/WIMBLEDON-2010-Federers-bad-loser-says-Berdych.html

Roger Federer was last night accused of making excuses for his quarter-final defeat by claiming he had been battling a double injury. Tomas Berdych raised the doubts after ending Federer’s bid for a seventh title.

‘I don’t know if he is just looking for excuses,’ said the 24-year-old Czech. ‘I think every time when he played, he was 100 per cent ready.’

Is there a similar link which shows Rafa made a VOLUNTARY injury excuse after a loss and was criticised by the opponenet ???

LMAO.

Federer is the inventor and master of injury excuses.


John Says:

Quoting Tomas Berdych!

Jeezz, how low can one go. Never mind the fact he was 24. Did you have to do a specialized google search for that source? Never mind, probably. Seriously Childish and ridiculous.

Should of closed the window before that idiotic post came through LMAO. DAMN!

Wont make the same mistake twice.


Slice Tennis Says:

John,
Why personal attacks ?
Stay with the topic if you can.


Slice Tennis Says:

“Oh, but you only go on to quote two of the links, rather then admit you were wrong. ”

Hey John,

I have posted my comments about each and very link. But that is awaiting moderation. May be because of the meaningless THASP links ?


John Says:

@Slice

Its a rebuttal not a personal attack. When you make it your goal to upset people and draw on straws, don’t be upset when you get bitten.


Slice Tennis Says:

I am not trying to upset people with personal attacks.

Please try to respond with facts and links instead of words like childish, idiotic, etc.

Its very easy to attack anyone personally without facts. Do you think only you can do that ?


skeezer Says:

“I am not trying to upset people with personal attacks.”
LOL!
You want posters to start reposting your posts about that? Sorry, you don’t deserve more attention that you’ve already attempted to get.
Everyone knows better.

“Please try to respond with facts and links instead of words like childish, idiotic, etc.”
Its real hard, when it is! LMAO!

You don’t get it….again. You scour, scrape, and search any and all kind of positive Rafa link garbage, but it doesn’t mean diddly. Anyone with have a brain can complile various multiple links to support an argument. Doesn’t mean its true. Fact is, after links, you have no argument. You have done “0″ to support an opinion that Rafa has never used excuses for his losses and / or wins. Furthermore, there is no one in the history of Tennis that has ever used as much excuses as a burnt finger, a Shoulder, a Tummy pull, a locked knee, a foot, the wind, and the ridiculous request for “time” for not swallowing a banana properly. Please try another subject, your sinkng deeper with every post.


Slice Tennis Says:

^^ Grasping at straws.

Show me just a couple of links where Rafa brought up injury excuse specifically after losing a match.

Try harder. LMAO.


Slice Tennis Says:

“You have done “0″ to support an opinion that Rafa has never used excuses for his losses and / or wins.”

Very funny. One cannot prove that he is not guilty. The onus is on those who accuse to prove that he is guilty.

Try harder.


skeezer Says:

Quite the contrary, I have given you a plethora of links, but you apparently refused to read them, and then claim they have no validity.
Its obvious you don’ t read, and are in denial. So you are disqualified drom the discussing further with the Skeeze. Sleep well counting Rafa sheep.
Out.


Slice Tennis Says:

Please post some quotes from rafa from your plethora of links where he has voluntarily gave an excuse after a loss.

I will happily apologize and accept my mistake.


Giles Says:

John says ” There are more Fed fans sleeping like babies right now than all Rafa fans combined” Hmmm. Are you sure? I reckon it’s the other way round. You and skeezer are fighting like animals rather than sleeping like babies. Rude and abusive fed fanatics. I’m sure fed is extremely proud to have you two as fans. Poor fed!!


Slice Tennis Says:

“Rude and abusive fed fanatics.”

When they are losing they resort to such tactics.

Federer will be proud of them since they are just doing as he is doing on the court.
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/australian-open-federers-mask-slips-murray-gets-skin-173739081.html


Giles Says:

Stands to reason. Fed fanatics just following in the steps of their hero. Some hero!! NOT!


Giles Says:

*footsteps*


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Sorry but can i ask the staff to delete that post at 11.26pm December 31st,as mental illness i dont think is something to make light of,and for a newbie it was hardly following the tennis x guidelines either,sorry not funny at all.


holdserve Says:

Sean why haven’t you deleted skeezers’s post providing links to tennis has a steroid problem?


holdserve Says:

John
“If you knew a thing, you would know professional sportsmen are not required to do military service. Guess I overestimated you.”

For your info, Switzerland has mandatory military service for all young men.

Like Ben, you seem to excel in basing yourself on assumptions, not facts.

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!
you have completely destroyed your credibility making it impossible to overestimate you!!!!!


James Says:

Wow! The FeDal war is on between the Nadal fanatics and Federer fanatics ;)
Happy New Year guys!

Rafa’s legendary knee must be the most talked about knee of all time ;)


holdserve Says:

skeezer if tennis has a steroid problem is the kind of stuff you post links to, nobody should waste time exploring those links.
Kindly give the quotes where Rafa says that he lost to so and so because of injury. Don’t waste your time and ours by giving links to bogus sites based on schizophrenia and toxic hate rather than logic.
As ST says when Rafa takes a break he has to give a reason.
Are you saying when somebody is injured, he can take a break WITHOUT saying he is injured?

Fed’s claims of injury/ illness on the other hand are EXCUSES because he trots them out after losses and never takes a break. If he is injured/ill he shouldn’t play.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Tennis X Staff i guess my post at 5.28am has actually fallen on deaf ears,cant say im surprised,seems anything goes sometimes on this forum.


Margot Says:

@HippyChicky
If you feel strongly about something contact Sean directly, email is at the bottom of the page.
I’ve done this. It works.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks Margot for the info.


jatin Says:

Why for god sake every time i read an article i always see Sock Puppets at work ??

Seriously.
Anyway. Rafa and his knees would be the most discussed topic ever. Lol.


holdserve Says:

Happy New Year to all!!!!!
Hope Fed fans learn the difference between facts and fiction and make sensible posts based on research and common sense in 2014!
A tall order but no harm in hoping!!!

Hope Rafa and Andy divide the slams between them and one of them is the year end no. 1 for 2014!!!!!

Happy 2014!!!!!


the DA Says:

haha..this is priceless. The journalist Reem Abulleil tweeted this from Rafa’s presser:

“Rafa Nadal’s reaction to Australian Open courts looking to be extremely fast this year. “Shit! I thought Craig Tiley was a friend of mine.”

I hope someone took a video. I need to see (and hear) it for myself.


A Tango Lad Says:

Rafael Nadal was told the Australian Open courts were playing very fast. His response? “S***.”

Nadal first went with a bit of cheekiness: “How do you know that?” he inquired of Flatman. “You’ve been there?” Flatman responded by pointing to Australian colleague Leo Schlink, sitting to his left and saying that’s what he’s hearing from the Australians.

“Yeah? Very fast? Yeah? S***,” were the immortal words of Rafa, that sent the journalists laughing. “I thought (Australian Open tournament director) Craig Tiley was a good friend.

“Okay. Doesn’t matter. I won tournaments on very quick surfaces, Montreal few times, and if I’m playing well, it’s not a big problem, playing on very quick surfaces. But it’s true that if it’s very, very quick, maybe it’s a problem.”


Purcell Says:

Holdserve: pity you had to spoil your charm offensive with yet another Fed Fan jibe.
Some interesting matches played today which bodes well for 2014.
A proper happy New Year to absolutely everyone.


skeezer Says:

@DA & A Tango Lad

ROFL! And not surprising, no?


A Tango Lad Says:

No not surprising at all.

It will be tougher for him on a faster surface. He’s not looking very good in Doha and Gulbis has a good chance of beating him tomorrow. Brands employed some of Novak’s tactics and gave him a good run.

Really opens up the possibilities for some of the other players but tips the scales more towards Novak.

With Roger playing well in Brisbane on their quick courts (he should really win this week), it certainly doesn’t hurt his chances either.

Some of the hard hitters could go deep and at least play spoiler as well.

As usual, a lot will depend on the draw.


A Tango Lad Says:

I meant to say Kamke of course.


Skeezer Says:

Wow! No rebuttal posts from vamosheads! Surprising? Not. School bell rang and they all had to go back to class. Don’t forget to bring the Apple to you Teacher.


James Says:

Has Roger played against any good player in Brisbane yet? He always looks very sharp against players outside of top 20-30. Even at USO last year, he was beating everyone easily until he ran into Robredo.

If he can beat Nishikori or Cilic in Brisbane, I can see him going deep in Melbourne, maybe a final.

The AO is still Novak’s to lose but if the news of the fast courts is true, it might hurt his chances.


Maestro Fed Says:

James,
Mostly agree with your post.
It appears that Roger is having a bigger swing with his arms while hitting his FH. Definitely more pop on his shots with the new racket.


Slice Tennis Says:

“Sh1t !!, I thought Craig Tiley was a good friend.”

Wow, great comment from Rafa. Nice sense of humour.


Slice Tennis Says:

“No rebuttal posts from vamosheads! Surprising?”

Rebuttal for what ?
Did you post any quotes from Rafa with excuses after a loss ?

How is your master of mediocrity doing at Brisbane ?
Beating the dead majestically ?
LMAO.


Giles Says:

James. There are no top 10 players in Brisbane apart from fed. He should get a free ride. The field is mush compared to Doha.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer i only rebutted when a poster made fun of another by talking about mental illness which i didnt think was appropriate on a tennis forum,thankfully the post was removed,anyway i will agree with A Tango Lad and say Rafa hasnt looked very good this week,but surely its only the start of the season and some players take longer to get into their stride than others,and thats not using excuses either just facts,and i agree the AO is Novaks to lose,but im looking forward to it anyway,as i always do at the start of a new season,happy new year by the way.


Giles Says:

“I agree the AO is Novak’s to lose”. How do you know that? Have you seen the draw yet?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Giles anything can happen dont get me wrongallim saying is going on the last 3 years and the last few months means Novak is the favorite,although favorites mean nothing as you still have to go out and play the matches,and anyway as i alluded to earlier on everybody gets beaten sooner or later even on their best surfaces.


Fg Says:

Why did Rafa stop using PRP treatment? PRP led him huge success in 2013 to produce 10 titles including 2 GS titles.

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