Rafael Nadal Comeback Appearing Successful After BNP Paribas Open Win

by The Insider on March 24, 2013 · 3 comments

in ATP News

Any questions about the health of Rafael Nadal’s knee have been put to rest after his victory on March 17th at the BNP Paribas Open.  He faced Juan Martin Del Porto in his fourth straight finals appearance since coming back from injury.  After dropping the first set 4-6 and then going 0-2 in the second, Nadal stormed back to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win his third title since returning.  The win as also Nadal’s 600th career victory.

After a match that took 2 hours and 29 minutes, Nadal told reporters that, “It’s probably one of the most emotional victories of my career. The support since I came back has been huge. It’s an unforgettable week for me and an unforgettable tournament.”

Del Porto took the first set in just 54 minutes and looked to take out Nadal after breaking Nadal’s serve in the second set.  However, Nadal stormed back to pull the match square and then take the title after Del Porto saved three match points in the final set.

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Nadal admitted that early on he was “playing too aggressively” in the first set.  He then went on to say that “When I was able to calm myself, I began to play better. I started to play a little bit slower. My movement was unbelievable.”

The rumor that Nadal might have to give up tennis for poker have also been put to rest with his impressive performances.  Some believed that he was working on a potential World Series of Poker run due to his contract with PokerStars.  Poker’s biggest stars have never managed to win the Main Event and many amateur players have made deep runs in recent years, including celebrity players.  However, now that Nadal is back to playing up to form, odds are he will focus on regaining the World’s #1 ranking.

Speaking of his world ranking, Nadal’s recent victory at Indian Wells moved him back up to #4, knocking David Ferrer back down to #5.  The victory may have come at a cost to Nadal.  He recently had to pull out of the Ericsson Sony Open because of complications with his knee.  Whether he really aggravated his knee or he is just taking a precaution ahead of the French Open in two months will remain to be seen.

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Filipe Brandão March 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

The idea that Nadal actually had a knee injury is as innocent and naive as it can possibly be.
No player can win Rome, Roland Garros and the suddenly, only when losing in the second round of Wimbledon, merely 2 weeks after that, find out he has a seriousinjusry which leaves him out 8 months.
Oddly enough, players get tested for doping when they lose a match in the GS. Perhaps Nadal never expected to be out of Wimbledon so soon, maybe he didn’t have time to clean himself. Nadal’s injuries have been strange throughout his career. Stranger even that every time he comes back, he’s stronger than before.
How come a player be out for 8 months and then win 3 or 4 straight tournaments? How come a player improve his serve for no good reason (like he did in the 2010 US Open) and then have all the magic gone as quick as it came?
There are far too many strange things in Nadal’s injuries, comebacks and sudden ups and downs.
I simply can’t believe in a clean sport anymore…

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The Insider March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

I could not disagree more! Tennis is one of the sports that has a huge amount of drug testing. Additionally, ATP officials can appear at a professional players home at anytime and they are required to provide a drug test sample. They take drug testing very seriously in tennis. I only wish they took drug testing as serious in other sports such as Football (Soccer).

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Filipe Brandão March 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

So how do you lose 20km/h in your serve?
How do you come back from 8 months off and win everything?
How do you have a career threatening injury without a trauma and after winning 2 major tournaments?
How do you do this again and again?
Do you also believe Soderling had mono for the past 24 months?
Do you think Rochus is making it up? Is it a sore loser comment?
Have you seen the doping test statistics? Have you heard about Armstrong? He passed every single one of the doping controls. Every one. And still, he was all juiced up…

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