Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon and Tokyo 2020
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  • Don Henderson
    Don Henderson

    It's about covering his use of steroids........he does this every year.....to avoid being caught. Folks, the Spanish sports doctors were in violation many years ago. He is the Spanish Lance Armstrong

  • Gregory Friesen
    Gregory Friesen

    He never had a chance of winning Wimbledon anyway, as it’s easily his worst surface.

  • Gopi Krishna
    Gopi Krishna

    He knows that he will not defeats No1 strongest Novak in Wimbledon & Olympic. So he wants to take care of his health. As Rafa decision, Simply Novak wins Wimbledon 2021 & Olympic

  • LeaveAsItIs
    LeaveAsItIs

    Rafa is adding to his Armory! Champions don’t attend without proper armor! Wise decision! Novak if possible defend your RG title next year, against a 100% fit Rafa! 🤜

  • Dean Griffin
    Dean Griffin

    Hurrah

  • Vod Jak
    Vod Jak

    Golden Three? I see only one. The other 2 are scared to show up. Even more scared to retire. The scare is written all over their faces. I’ll say it again: if there were no Novak Djokovic, we all would have had a wrong picture about the other 2!

  • Vod Jak
    Vod Jak

    Well, sacrificing 2 biggest tours on earth (Wimby and OG) to save oneself to win what? Those smaller ones! Lol Sounds like a bad, bad trade. And that all at the end of career? I won’t buy it. Avoiding Djoker on his best surfaces (to avoid more humiliation), sounds awfully logical reason.

  • Soccer Lover
    Soccer Lover

    Unfortunately he isn't winning anymore slams. Instead of Australian Open he should be playing Wimbledon.

  • Danny
    Danny

    I'm glad he's not wasting his time & withdrawing from Wimbledon.He has no chance of winning it anyway.I really think he should pull out of the US & AUS Open too.

  • Adelaide Holmes
    Adelaide Holmes

    It is weird how the ATP do not understand the importance of splitting these 2 slams with at least 4 weeks. When the olympics is coming, Wimbledon should be placed with 3 weeks distance from it as well I think. Why is it so hard to find a better plan? It is like 3 slams in a short while: Fo, 2 weeks pause Wimbledon and then the olympics and then we have the us open.

    • Prabesh Sharma
      Prabesh Sharma

      @Adelaide Holmes Ideally they would like to but a lot of money comes from Grand slam tournament so they are kind of tied and have to accept things as it is.. They do not have power

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @Prabesh Sharma They must have something to say??

    • Prabesh Sharma
      Prabesh Sharma

      ATP has no jurisdiction over Grand Slams. If they did I am pretty sure they would extend the Grass Court swing.

  • Rahul
    Rahul

    Wimbly is a cakewalk for novak now.... Not a single competitor near his level... Roger still not at peak

  • aldrin roy
    aldrin roy

    This is the end of an era...nadal's career is over guys...so is my tennis watching days...

  • Mod 66
    Mod 66

    Well that’s me not watching it then . Jokovic has won it already now no Rafa..Federer is crippled..Murray is crippled so pointless and boring now !

  • Manuel M T
    Manuel M T

    Will be missing Nadal.Thoughts about his heroics in 2008 Wimbledon.And his super and sublime performance In 2010.Also his 2006,7,11 runner up performace. 2017 against Muller ,also his valiant efforts in 2018 .2019 match against kyrgios .who can forget. Miss u our ultimate warrior

  • rich Mck
    rich Mck

    Well done Rafa Nadal for thinking of your body first. Without it, what is life worth? Nothing. He has nothing to prove anyway. The clever clogs who decide to bring these tournaments so close together have no idea how much physical endurance one needs to be playing high class tennis. And at 35 years old ( Rafa Nadal’s age in 2021 ), the body can only take so much. Of course, the ATP look at the financial side of it, not they will have to reconsider for the future or the best of the best will play certain tournaments and leave out others, maybe they will come to their senses… Fancy that, Wimbledon becoming one of those! And Mrs. Osaka did the right thing too! A shame that young Greek man is also not attending. Looks like Djokovic has little to do this year, or will we see another upset? Will we see a sudden departure for Mr. Federer I wonder?

  • Harlock2day
    Harlock2day

    Something has happened in tennis as this sort of domination didn't happen until the end of the twentieth century and Sampras but after that we have had three players reach 20 Grand Slam and that is not normal. Where is the new talent ? Why nobody else wins anything ?

  • Bo Rood
    Bo Rood

    Novak number one

  • Devin Halim
    Devin Halim

    Him vs Federer Will go down as Messi vs Ronaldo of tennis Especially in middle to late 2000s when Djokovic wasn't there yet

  • Devin Halim
    Devin Halim

    That's bad

  • Crispy Sunny
    Crispy Sunny

    Paving way to the good the bad and the ugly 20-20-20 Standoff!

  • Peter Pesic
    Peter Pesic

    TRT TRT TRT ....There is Only One Thing You all need To Know The Number 1 Will Give you all an Amazing Show Watch as all the Records Start to Fall As The Champion of The World Novak Djokovic Smashes Them All And Watches His Rivals Around him as They Begin to Descend and Start to Crawl.

    • greyhat_9x
      greyhat_9x

      Najbolji je al ne moramo da se spustamo na nivo ovih sa zapada sto ga mrze...

  • paper wait
    paper wait

    this is a sure sign that rafael nadal, the lance armstrong of tennis, is not juicing at present. i guess the drug testing methods have gotten better and he doesn't want to take the risk of failing a drug test. it's a wise decision as there is no point, at this stage in his career, in taking the risk of failing a drug test because it would tarnish his entire career legacy.

  • Antonio Garcez
    Antonio Garcez

    Good decision Rafa.

  • ricky chou
    ricky chou

    Now is only big one,Novak is the greatest and goat.

  • Scorpio D
    Scorpio D

    I kinda get it, he's an old man in tennis years. Look at Federer, who dropped out of the French after realizing he couldn't handle it physically anymore. And Nadal's style of play is quite taxing.

  • Tristan Lane
    Tristan Lane

    you mean 2021 events, not 2020...

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    I can see blowing off Wimbledon. It’s too soon after Paris and grass is not his best surface. And passing on Tokyo makes sense because like a lot of the athletes I’m sure he is upset that they will not be passing out condoms this year. I mean seriously, why even bother. BTW, is everything in sports a late-breaking drama? Sure seems that way on Sky.

  • Serhii Kozak
    Serhii Kozak

    Guys, stop being judgmental. Even if he decides to step away from pro tennis, he's already accomplished what 99.99% of pros only dream about. He's got all his life lying ahead of him and many other plans and opportunities as he's said many times himself

  • Napa Butterfly
    Napa Butterfly

    He looked exhausted during RG.

  • Mahinth Gokul - Art - DIY Abstracts and Realism
    Mahinth Gokul - Art - DIY Abstracts and Realism

    The fear has set in .. good strategy to prevent be shamed again. Good decision. Gates open for you know who.

  • minyra r
    minyra r

    Definitely a good decision. He will come back stronger!!

  • Roger Waters
    Roger Waters

    Joko is bank now without pre Nadal and Federer he'll win everything joko laughing all the way to the bank he's lucky but the smartest one outta all of em cause he knows how the losers think

  • ron Watts
    ron Watts

    All about the GSs...Obviously (looking at his past record and his age) Wimbledon was a long shot, a decade since he won there...he has had much more success at New York...the Olympics don't count in the GS chase! Still a bit sad as he brings so much grit to the court .....Wimbledon's and fan's loss.

  • Rahul Dravid
    Rahul Dravid

    Nadal doing what is right for him. Come back stronger king of clay. 😉

  • Pride Manuel
    Pride Manuel

    Coward, I looked up to you!

  • insanemetalfreak69
    insanemetalfreak69

    Wimbledon finals 2021: Novak vs a random Next Gen player. 1) Next Gen wins first two sets 2) Novak goes for medical time-out/toilet break 3) Novak wins next three sets and wins Wimbledon Story of every Grandslam until Novak retires

    • Mod 66
      Mod 66

      Injection of amphetamine and steroid 💉

  • Praful Y
    Praful Y

    Imagine novak Winning Wimbledon and then the big 3 will face each other at us open to be the best one with 21 slams

    • Andrej Ristic
      Andrej Ristic

      @minyra r damn i didnt know that

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      I can see that happening. There has never been a Fedal match in the USO though.

  • george way
    george way

    he has nothing left to prove ... and it is obvious that novak is in muck better shape of the 'golden three ' ... he's made his mark in tennis history ... move on and let it go .......

    • Vod Jak
      Vod Jak

      Golden Three? I see only one. The other 2 are scared to show up. Even more scared to retire. The scare is written all over their faces. I’ll say it again: if there were no Novak Djokovic we all would have had a wrong picture about the other 2!

  • Danny California
    Danny California

    cycling off steroids...

  • V12F1Demon
    V12F1Demon

    Yup. It's confirmed now- Djokovic will win Wimby. The only hurdle to Novak was Rafa. Roger is still recovering nowhere near 100%.

  • Katy Dickson
    Katy Dickson

    He will be missed at Wimbledon and I can understand why. I also understand his readon for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics and I wish more athletes would follow his example and stay healthy and protect themselves from this virus.

  • Sarvesh Gaurav
    Sarvesh Gaurav

    Pathetic scheduling

  • Rodrick Lamya
    Rodrick Lamya

    We can not accept that. He should play. I hope Piers Morgan agrees with me lol

  • Gokul S
    Gokul S

    It's up to the players to decide whether they wish to take a break or not. Because they risk their body for better performance and we audience just sit down and demand entertainment from them.

  • Kieran Rankie
    Kieran Rankie

    Same thing happened when he lost to Soderling in 2009 and he's aging so not a shock. I do however think he would've had a shot at Wimbledon. Younger players aren't so good on grass and Federer's really not playing how he did pre-injury. Maybe he just doesn't have the confidence right now.

  • Ernesto Pascual Rodríguez
    Ernesto Pascual Rodríguez

    Wise decision. He's already 35, and he has won both olimpic gold medals in singles and doubles. Better to prepare well and focus on US Open.

  • Tony R
    Tony R

    They are definitely needs to be more than a two week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon. Rafa is a warrior on the court. These guys are giving 110% and need more than two weeks to recuperate.

  • Hector Carlos
    Hector Carlos

    *HOW COULD YOU DO THAT, NADAL. YOU'RE A TRAITOR*

  • TONDANO11
    TONDANO11

    There was a time I have to switch my TV channel back and forth choosing who to watch on sports chanel, Federer or Messi or Jordan or Tiger Woods...... that was the pinnacle of sports history, sure that quality of choice never gonna happen again

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @Gabriel Estevam naaaa!! Djokovic matches are boring.

    • Dr.Indiana Jones
      Dr.Indiana Jones

      That is weird why Federer in to group of the best in there sports ???

    • Gabriel Estevam
      Gabriel Estevam

      Djoko > > > > Fed

  • F-4E
    F-4E

    Looking forward to your return Rafa. We're still here.

  • John Kimmel
    John Kimmel

    He always does his when he loses

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      Really? Did he withdraw from the US Open when he lost Wimbledon in 2019, in 2018, or 2017? Interesting!!

  • 118 SAKTHIDHARAN
    118 SAKTHIDHARAN

    GOLDEN WOLF😂😂😂😂 WHERE R U😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • swavekbu
    swavekbu

    Rafa, we all want you to keep playing tennis, but "life after tennis" is something you need to start thinking about. You want to still be able to walk once you put down the racket. Not worth smashing your knees to try to get another slam.

    • swavekbu
      swavekbu

      @minyra r Nadal is my favorite player of all time, so obviously you misinterpreted something I wrote. All we're saying is that we'd hate for him to sacrifice his health for the shot at more majors, that's pretty much it. I'm not meaning to criticize him at all, and I don't hate him one bit. I'll be sad to see him go.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @swavekbu oh yeah…because he hasn’t had an amazing career. Dang!! You guys are just haters.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      oh My!!! As Nadal said in an interview in Spanish. They both have their life sheet written and they know WHEN they want to have kids. It’s his freaking life and your opinion here is just really ridiculous.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @John John hope you know his wife is Rafa’s sister age, who is five years younger than him. 🤦‍♀️. So is being 30 is too old…bad for you.

    • swavekbu
      swavekbu

      @John John I have a feeling he might want another crack at RG one more time, to avenge the Joker loss. Maybe he sits out hard court season too and just focuses on RG for next two years and then calls it a (amazing) career.

  • alex naorem
    alex naorem

    Nadal also follow the decision taken by Federer!!!!!?????

  • Nate Jewels
    Nate Jewels

    Pulls this after they give him a statue 😂😂

  • Nate Jewels
    Nate Jewels

    Rafael nadal is the weakest minded player in tennis rn lol

    • Nate Jewels
      Nate Jewels

      @minyra r wasnt jokin lol. Dude is always mentally defeated

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      That’s a good joke!! 🤣

  • Valerio Angelini
    Valerio Angelini

    Better to Jump over Wimbledon, he already Lost from Djokovic and Federer last two editions, and he was also younger.....

  • 4lugan
    4lugan

    Djokovic eats plant based. Therefore he 'll be able to stretch his career longer than his colleagues. He wants 25+ Grand Slam titles. He wants to be the best ever without the slightest hesitation.

    • Mi Ku
      Mi Ku

      Next gen are getting better and better. Nole needs to hurry up..

  • assorted bile
    assorted bile

    Pussied out of grass court again, he's a one trick pony with no tricks left.

    • Vod Jak
      Vod Jak

      @118 SAKTHIDHARAN …and 2021!

    • 118 SAKTHIDHARAN
      118 SAKTHIDHARAN

      Like Federer pussied out of clay court in 2017,2018

  • Vesna Lukic
    Vesna Lukic

    If he thinks that he wouldn't be fit enough to be able to compete , this is wise thing to do. He said it was a tough season on clay for him because he was in 5 tournaments, and it would be even more tough to change the surface immediately. Also , I think that he didn't want to do that quarantine process for nothing. No chance to win so why bother?

  • Sveti-Nikola
    Sveti-Nikola

    He knows who is the goat !!!

  • Move3Spaces
    Move3Spaces

    Nadal should just retire

    • True Blue
      True Blue

      Yeah not like Nadal won a masters 1000 in Rome or anything, dumb dumb

  • Soap
    Soap

    9 djokovic grandslams incoming

  • Okos
    Okos

    we live 2020 again if we look at the titles of the competitions

  • Katarina Luna diCamella
    Katarina Luna diCamella

    It's disappointing but I understand completely and I wish him all the best and anticipate for his return, Vamos Rafa!!

    • Katarina Luna diCamella
      Katarina Luna diCamella

      Clay so physically demanding for tennis player, Rafa always giving his best, particularly on clay! I agree with Rafa, for his body sake and his longevity tennis career, it's probably the right choice to skip Olympic games and Wimby, he already have two gold medals both single and double, there's nothing for him to prove, but I think Wimby was a personal choice, considering the court so different from clay. If he want to give himself the best chance to win a slam this year, it would probably be USO, last slam were most players had a long year and tired already, if he want to be fresh than those younger players it will be the right thing to take a break!!

  • Islam md Nazrul
    Islam md Nazrul

    He should play only us open and french open.

  • HLM K
    HLM K

    All becoz of Novak 😂😂

    • LeaveAsItIs
      LeaveAsItIs

      Novak didn’t beat Rafa’s FH. No one has been yet. He avoided. That even is tough. But this tactic is short lived. Novak, defend RG title next year too, if possible! 🤜

  • Ashley Cook
    Ashley Cook

    Great mind, bad body. Nadal's career's been plagued by injury from the start.

  • akshay biju vinayak
    akshay biju vinayak

    Rafa really wanted to win US Open. If he wins that, 🐐 discussion will be alive once again b/w him and Djoko..🔥

  • John Nelson
    John Nelson

    So stupid he played 4 tournaments before RG. He never learns.

    • John Nelson
      John Nelson

      @minyra r he won last year only playing Rome.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      He needed to build up that confidence. Keep in mind that the last tournament he played was in the AO. Nadal is the kind of player who needs matches. Having these two back to back tournament on two different surface is a different story.

    • Vesna Lukic
      Vesna Lukic

      I think it's because clay is his surface and he wants to take the best of it as he can. But he forgot that he is not that young any more. All these "older" players should compete only on big tournaments. Federer in Halle (500) was also big mistake.

  • Tom Billington
    Tom Billington

    Look like Djokovic ended his career🤣🤣

    • vultur311
      vultur311

      Later on people will even say he was injured in French LOL

  • RobWilli
    RobWilli

    He's being very smart. I can tell he's going all out for that US Open title.

    • ytf zgdzdg
      ytf zgdzdg

      @Praveen Kumar if they stay alive by then

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @Allan Ford No, he is on that gluten free diet. I will study his diet when I start working out myself. It must have a lot to say, because he used to retire many yEars ago when he was very young indeed. Federer joked about it. His stamina is now the best on the men's side, right? Is Nadal willing to do the same or is he just playing golf and video games on his free time?

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @Praveen Kumar Yes, and I think it very psychological as well. He will be thinking that he lost to Novak at RG and that Novak probably have won Wimbledon as well. It is not good for tennis that a person wins all the slams, and Novak is hated by a lot of fans as well. It is not good for tennis that Nadal loses confidence. Does Nadal have any injuries that he is keeping secret? I think the ATP must do a better job of splitting the slams so that the top players do not get that much injuries and cannot participate at the events - corona situation or not. I have also noticed that many players seems to be injured these days and that probably many players play with injuries quite often because the season is super long, and they do not get enough time to fully recover. Also, I strongly believe the training and practising, including warm up even before matches is way too much for most of the players. I have read that Nadal works out like 8 hours a day and that Dimitrov went to visit him on a training week or several days at least, and that it was too hard for him. I have seen really good players withdrawing from matches with injuries lately like Dimitrov, Thiem (he is just out of it), Muguruza etc. Also, it is unfair that the gras season is that short. It should be much longer.

    • z1az
      z1az

      @Praveen Kumar One correction: Borg reached 4 US open finals (one har Tru clay + 3 hard Decoturf in the years he won the FO Wimbledon double) but he couldn't win there. Federer of all people called Borg the king with good reason. Of course he won "only" 11 slams but they didn't play the Australian open due to scheduling. So every era is different. But since we are talking about records Djokovic will most probably be the best player in the 21st century , especially since 2011-2021 but every era is different. Can't compare them. Sampras was a great champion but he never reached a FO final on clay unlike Borg on hard court so lot of metrics to consider. His record of six YE number 1s in a row has not been broken by anyone and this was more important to him than winning 14 slams.

    • z1az
      z1az

      @Praveen Kumar Again both Novak and Rafa (Federer too) have benefitted from the homogenization of surfaces and tennis balls. Clay courts are slow but until 2019 Babolat balls were used that are light and fast, Wimbledon grass was changed not in speed but much higher bounce plus the balls used are very slow. The fact is tournaments are making everything uniform (surface + ball speed). So unlike Borg who won the French and Wimbledon back to back for 3 years with huge difference in surface + ball speed with only a 2 week break. Only Nadal (2008,2010) and Federer (2009) have done it. Djokovic may accomplish that this year, entirely possible depending on the draw. He also reached 3 hard slam finals at the US open but didn't win there for whatever reason. Ultimately if you want to talk about all surface ability, Borg is right up there more than the Big 3 but he did fail on hardcourt. So yes i agree Djokovic has a complete game and has no weaknesses (including fitness, as a professional Rafa gets injured a lot but that's his problem). Federer is also an attacking baseliner so while faster surfaces are better for him now, remember he reached 5 FO finals and defeated peak Djokovic in 2011.

  • Pudi Srinivas
    Pudi Srinivas

    Good decision Rafa. Take care about your career

  • Gaston Ronga
    Gaston Ronga

    El golpetazo de Nole, fue mucho..para el. El iba seguro de ganar y e esos juegos consecutivos del 4 set..lo apabullaron. No todos tienen el poder psicologico de recuperation de Nole....good luck.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      La fuerza mental de Nadal es extraordinaria. 35 años jugando a la máxima intensidad es otro cuento. Su cuero necesita recuperación. Ya él había dicho que no estaba seguro de jugar en las olimpiadas y lo de no jugar en Wimbledon se veía venir independientemente del resultado.

  • Blagoje UK
    Blagoje UK

    If Wimbledon was played last year.. And US Open wrongly disqualified Novak he would probably already have 20 GS..

    • greyhat_9x
      greyhat_9x

      @Yussepi G you realise Nadal runs more than Novak or Roger. That's why he can return most insane balls but it's physically demanding and comes with price of injuries

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @EducateNotMedicate You seriously have no idea what you are talking about. Should I remind you that Nadal had to retire from the 2016 French Open due to an injury? Or should I let you know that Nadal was set to play in RG in 2004 and couldn’t because of injuries. Or should I talk to you about his congenital condition that has caused all his injuries and limited his career to a point of not being able to play a lot of matches on any surface? Educate yourself before taking non-sense…or better yet, take a look at Djokovic and check all the times he has faked injuries.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @EducateNotMedicate she could have been hit in her hair…that wouldn’t avoid the disqualification.

    • EducateNotMedicate
      EducateNotMedicate

      @Yussepi G You talk about Nadal's injuries as if they happen out of nowhere and if he has just bad luck. I'm sorry, but you're delusional. His injuries and his missing grand slams happen for a reason. It's because he can't play all year long with that kind of tennis. His play goes constantly on and off. So your imaginary 30 slams he would have won if he had played at all the events he missed is just ridiculous. He missed them because he can't play all year, period. Still, I keep wondering why he is never injured during the clay season. How does he do that? Until no one can answer that question I will never trust the guy.

    • EducateNotMedicate
      EducateNotMedicate

      @Yussepi G If Rafa had actually played all those other slams (and the tournaments in between) instead of taking time off outside the clay season then he would not have been able to compete at Roland Garros because his body would have broken in a million pieces. There's no way he could play at the same level all year like he does in Paris. Only guys like Federer can because their tennis does not rely on power en endurance. So there's another if that is worth more than yours. 30 slams for Nadal? In your dreams.

  • RobertIngersoll
    RobertIngersoll

    Great decision by Nadal. Novak should pull out of the Olympics and concentrate on longevity as well.

    • RobertIngersoll
      RobertIngersoll

      dude...not sure how much you follow tennis...but Novak is in the cusp of breaking the all time GS title record. If the objective is to finish @21 GS by the end of the year, then it makes sense for him to skip the Olympics. Having just turned 34, it would be in his best interest to choose the schedule with his age, longevity of career, and the GS record in mind. If you're unable to grasp that, stop trying to. it's a waste of your time....just stick to soccer.

    • John John
      John John

      @RobertIngersoll this comment will not age well

    • John John
      John John

      So dumb what you just said

    • John John
      John John

      LOL

    • RobertIngersoll
      RobertIngersoll

      @Zeljko Udovicic That is true, but having won RG and most likely focusing on the remaining 2 slams for the year, it appears his plate is already too full. I think he should either choose the Olympics or US Open. Going through such a long stint on Hard-courts if he chooses to play both USO and Olympics, might be too much on the body especially since it is going to be on hard courts. I hope he will deliberate all these matters with his team and come up with what is the best decision for him health wise and longevity wise.

  • General Shockwave Kingpin
    General Shockwave Kingpin

    Well, he has to take care of his body, health and longevity. Perhaps, he is injured as well. I will miss seeing him play.

  • You see what i did there
    You see what i did there

    Don’t ever forget that rafa is 35 years old, and his playing style is as you can see, extremely physical

    • Adam France
      Adam France

      @Vod Jak rafa has 2 years since 2005 without winning a slam but alright mate lol

    • Adam France
      Adam France

      @Vod Jak just stating that rafa had more success early and therefore is an older tennis player, thats it bud. Everything is a battle with you djokovic fans 🤣

    • Vod Jak
      Vod Jak

      @Adam France llololol…”rafa being longer on top of tennis than djokovic”…?? Facts: Djoko has more YE titles and more weeks as world #1 than Rafa. You remind me of Murphy’s Laws, you know. “If these laws do not comply with facts, you MUST disregard the facts!!! 😹😂🤣🤦‍♀️😜😅

    • Vod Jak
      Vod Jak

      @Adam France “rafa won 9 titles before djoker won 2”… and that matters in term of durability, longevity and tiredness?? Lol Well, obviously Djoko catching up by being just 1 gs title shy of rafa’s titles. According to your “analysis” what happens first has priority against what happens last when it comes to legacy, or tiredness? Lmfao!

    • Dominic Spiller
      Dominic Spiller

      He needs a break. Only 2 weeks between the 2 slams this year also a factor

  • Luis
    Luis

    We forget sometimes that these athletes are human and like everyone of here, their bodies can only take so much before they need a long pause to recover. He is also getting older and recovery tends to take longer as you age.

    • Luis
      Luis

      @marty dav You are right, here is a more UZmilk appropriate comment... Now Nadal is cancelling the citizens of Tokyo and England. This cancel culture is going too far.

  • mtgne 53
    mtgne 53

    Nadal set a new record: he is the first player in the history of tennis to lose 30 matches from the same player.👍

    • Shiv Vashishtha Bhargava
      Shiv Vashishtha Bhargava

      @mtgne 53 😂😂 yeah I can see who is nervous 😂😂 maybe there are nicer Djokovic fans. Peace. 😂

    • mtgne 53
      mtgne 53

      @Shiv Vashishtha Bhargava Are you nervous? Take pills! :)

    • True Blue
      True Blue

      Well Djokovic is close

    • Shiv Vashishtha Bhargava
      Shiv Vashishtha Bhargava

      Salty? 😂 Djokovic has lost 28? Remember the bagel? 😂😂 Djokovic is such a classy guy but such bitchy fans. 😂😂😂

  • vhyles
    vhyles

    Damn, Djoko's Wimbledon title is almost sure now. Dunno who can stop him. It won't be old Federer or the young gen lacking in mental fortitude.

  • Vik Sinha
    Vik Sinha

    Everyone when Federer withdrew from RG: Why is he doing this; it isn't right Everyone when Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon & Olympics: he's just taking care of his body

    • True Blue
      True Blue

      @Vik Sinha how can we take a man with a Mario profile picture seriously? Federer withdrew mid tournament, if Federer didn’t play RG everyone would have understood

    • Alycia Uzelac
      Alycia Uzelac

      @Vik, Nadal did it the right way. He didn't enter a tournament and then withdraw mid-way through knowing you're going to go up against much stronger opponents. It's obvious that he did it to keep his ranking. Now after losing to Felix, he drops to #21 and will have to play tougher opponents in the 3rd & 4th rounds...if he even gets that far. Nadal on the other hand will be recovered and we'll rested for the U.S Open.

    • Vik Sinha
      Vik Sinha

      @tejas tej I think tournaments should have a lucky loser policy. That way fans still get to watch a match instead of a walkover.

    • tejas tej
      tejas tej

      @Vik Sinha Nadal withdrawal has no impact on tournament, leaving in middle of tournament does.

    • Vik Sinha
      Vik Sinha

      @tejas tej How do you know it was for no reason? He withdrew for the same reason as Rafa; to take care of his body

  • Ashley Sewell
    Ashley Sewell

    may as well just prunounce the rubber man as GOAT now

    • Ashley Sewell
      Ashley Sewell

      @nolhman nolhman agreed

    • John Nelson
      John Nelson

      @Elias KOUAKOU much harder to return on grass. The margins are slimmer. And fitness is less of a factor on grass. But if Djokovic comes out sluggish, he may get blown off the court.

    • nolhman nolhman
      nolhman nolhman

      So what? Nadal focus is not stop Novak inevitably becoming goat as Nadal will only ever be the goat of clay and Roland garros.

    • Elias KOUAKOU
      Elias KOUAKOU

      @John Nelson two weak is enough. Remember that he reach all clay season semi, a'd won at he then proceed the next 3 day to play RG. With his fitness he can.

    • John Nelson
      John Nelson

      Unless he loses like Jim Courier. Remember Djokovic only has 2 weeks to prepare for Wimbledon.

  • Aleksandar Nesic
    Aleksandar Nesic

    Nole mentally distroyed him 🔥💪 Please bring Roger next ✅

  • David Njoroge
    David Njoroge

    I think the loss at the French open affected Rafa more than it appeared

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      Absolument! :( I was shocked, but it was not surprising. He is not in that same shape as Novak and he cannot win any 5-setter against a top player like Novak unless his stamina improves like A LOT!

    • Napa Butterfly
      Napa Butterfly

      insanemetalfreak69 there is Feferer also. But I hope younger player win this Wimbledon.

    • insanemetalfreak69
      insanemetalfreak69

      Wimbledon finals 2021: Novak vs a random Next Gen player. 1) Next Gen wins first two sets 2) Novak goes for medical time-out/toilet break 3) Novak wins next three sets and wins Wimbledon Story of every Grandslam until Novak retires

    • Yasmin McEwen
      Yasmin McEwen

      You might be right. To see him like that was hard because he is always a true champion. It was obvious he was physically fighting hard to play while injured. He is doing what is best for him and that's commendable. What a Stellar Athlete; he can and will be back! Sending Great Love & Support to Rafael 💝🎾 ~

    • Kieran Rankie
      Kieran Rankie

      @marty dav It feels like yesterday when Nadal was destroying these youngsters, showing them who's boss. Seems like he struggles against most of them now. Lost last year's Paris Masters to Zverev, ATP Finals to Medvedev, Australian Open to Tsitsipas, Monte Carlo to Rublev, Madrid to Zverev again... even Shapovalov almost beat him on clay.

  • Maggie Smit
    Maggie Smit

    Good decision🏆will miss Rafa 💚 but taking a long view better than high risk of injury with too little recovery time. Looking forward to seeing Rafa at US Open ✅🎾💚💚

  • Filip Vukovic
    Filip Vukovic

    Preparing for US open and to clean blood ofc , he does it all the time, 2-3 months to release those chemistry from the blood

    • kal Ke
      kal Ke

      Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest tennis player in the world. It is his choice he have dominated the tennis world from 2005 to 2020 privilege will be their for him for sure.

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      What a moron!!

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      @EducateNotMedicate dude!! Who is saying that Nadal is injured? When was the last time he was injured? Do you remember who retired from the US 2019 during his match against Wawrinka? How many injuries have Djokovic faked in his career? Countless!! Are you going to tell me that after being down 2 sets going to the locker rooms and coming back and start winning does not sound suspicious? Please take a look at Nadal’s story and his injuries. Learn about his congenital condition that has caused him all this struggles. Verify how many finals and titles he has won in other surfaces. Oh!! And check on what surface he has won his two Olympic gold medals. Don’t be an ignorant and a hater.

    • Adam France
      Adam France

      @EducateNotMedicate you do realise that doping won't really help you win grand slams in tennis? These are highly skilled tennis players if you dont respect that then I suggest you go elsewhere

    • EducateNotMedicate
      EducateNotMedicate

      @marty dav My point is that suing people who accuse someone of doping is not proof that the one who sues is not doping. Armstrong was doping and he sued (and won!). So those who tell me that Nadal can't be doping because he sued that woman should think twice.

  • Mohamad Attar
    Mohamad Attar

    Intelligent decision from an intelligent athlete....🎾🎾🎾

  • Sami Folio
    Sami Folio

    Djokovic = goat of all sports. agree?

  • MyTODAY
    MyTODAY

    Back in those days I was federer fan, now I’m fan of both fedex and rafa

    • Filip Jovanovic
      Filip Jovanovic

      You know who is the goat, so it doesnt matter 👋🏻😌

    • Andrej Ristic
      Andrej Ristic

      @Devin Halim so Kyrgios is Balotelli?

    • Devin Halim
      Devin Halim

      Rafa vs Federer is Messi vs Ronaldo of tennis 😂😂

    • minyra r
      minyra r

      Hard to not be a fan of both when you like one of them. It’s a Fedal thing. 😉

    • Kieran Rankie
      Kieran Rankie

      I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm a "fan" of Rafa but I do have a lot of respect for him now. His work ethic, determination and ability to adapt are incredible.

  • Rui Pedro
    Rui Pedro

    2020?!

  • Hi H
    Hi H

    Its clear he has an injury that has to mend. It seems like it in the 4th set he was in pain. he mentioned it was his foot condition but it must be a bit more serious than he thought

    • z1az
      z1az

      @Adelaide Holmes Thanks. 👍One thing was clear. His second serving placement was a head scratcher. Everything to Djokovic backhand at night with less spin and even then so many double faults. That was his back acting up apart from poor tactics. Recipe for disaster, incredibly he still had set point in set 3 somehow which showed Djokovic's level was not all that great either. It was a missed opportunity but I believe the good thing is it has shocked his team out of some complacency. They know they have to work on everything (as well as recovery) especially on hard courts so that's the good thing and I hope for the best. I think moya has done a lot to resurrect Rafa's career but he needs someone like ivanisevic or a big fluid server on his team, not more MPH, more consistency and placement. The serve + FH will be vital in the next few years of his career as a finishing shot.

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @z1az I think the match was super physical in the first set from Nadal's side, and maybe he played too physical so that he lacked enough power to last the match. Let us say he figured he could use the same physicality in 3 sets, and win the match quick and with max physical strength for a shorter time than in a 4-5 set match. Nadal should have won the first set 6-0 or 6-1 and ended up with 6-3 I think, and that was a bit weird. When he broke Djoko in the second set he should have managed to hold his serve and use extra effort in that following game and save energy in Novaks upcoming games in that set and focus on holding his own serve and then if he won some points early on Novak's serve he should have stepped up and tried to win those games, but not spent too much effort on it. They must develop a better tactics against the player Nadal face from match to match. All the best experts in the tennis world are not friend and family from Spain, are they? BTW: I think Schwartzman is a master on this surface to be honest and he is never out of gas and I am not going to say why I think he is not, lol :) Schwartzman could have beaten Djokovic in this FO I think. You have a lot of good insight. Nadal can sometimes look like an amateur when serving poorly.

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @z1az He would have beaten those to. He beat Sinner easier this year than last year. I remember watching it as well. Sinner is not at all any grand slam threat on any surface yet. He is just a kid. Relax :) Karatsev came from nowhere and he is very strange indeed, like no emotions of normal reactions when he beats really good players. He is a Russian beast of a bear.

    • z1az
      z1az

      @Adelaide Holmes But as you saw he made the correct decision to skip Wimbledon. The serve + groundstroke is super important for first strike tennis and if his back and foot are not 💯 why risk it? Rest and recover. TBH, I was afraid of a scenario of him facing Sinner or karatsev in a night match. It wouldn't have been an issue last year. This year? No, he was not fit and was losing serve so many times but his groundstrokes had spin during the day. At night? Unfortunately not good enough.

    • z1az
      z1az

      @Adelaide Holmes Good points. His back injury is still not 💯 and that is the reason why he has so many double faults of late especially during the clay season. There is another interesting stat I was reading about, both at Rome and RG. He dominated the short (0-4) rallies overwhelmingly in Rome 2021 and RG 2020 and that is because he dictated with his FH. At RG though his second serve had no bite (due to back injury or cooler conditions or both) plus he was really predictable like 2011 and 2015 as the match progressed in cooler conditions and Djokovic easily put the ball to his BH which would not have been an issue, but Rafa did not immediately go on the offensive, or maybe was not able to. Whatever the reason, he still won the shorter rallies but not as commanding a lead earlier. You are correct in the sense that Djokovic had done his homework but the slower conditions plus Rafa's poor serving (esp second serves) helped him. I have no idea why he was serving to his BH all the time like in 2011. His First serve was decent enough, he won a decent number of points. The down the line FH saved him and he made a match out of it but he didn't use it enough to pressure Djokovic.His team must be aware though, and will work twice as hard to work on fitness and serving. That will be his recipe for success going forward. First strike tennis. Easier said than done, but he can do it if fit.

  • Benjamin Xu
    Benjamin Xu

    I wish Rafa just keep healthy and play for another 5 years¡

    • z1az
      z1az

      Yeah, but I think he will retire by 2024 since he clearly stated he is not playing the Olympics then. Of course he may prolong it until 2025 depending on his results.

  • Stocky Guru
    Stocky Guru

    Novak playing all tournaments

    • Gregory Friesen
      Gregory Friesen

      Cuz he can win on ANY surface. That’s why he’s the GOAT.

    • Sarvesh Khapre
      Sarvesh Khapre

      @Владислав Михайловthat's pathetic dude, learn to appreciate greatness. Stop being toxic

    • greyhat_9x
      greyhat_9x

      @Владислав Михайлов don't hit lowest of lows in yt comments man

    • Shone Votajuv
      Shone Votajuv

      @Владислав Михайлов Which drugs?

  • Stocky Guru
    Stocky Guru

    Omg 😱

  • Brian McSherry
    Brian McSherry

    If Novak does the golden slam he is the undisputed Goat, it’s never been done before and to do it in this era would be insane! And the crazy thing is I really can’t see him not doing it.

    • mel ord
      mel ord

      I hope you’re right, Nole is my favorite of all time 👏👏👏👏👏👏😊

    • John John
      John John

      @118 SAKTHIDHARAN women's tennis...

    • 118 SAKTHIDHARAN
      118 SAKTHIDHARAN

      @Filip Vukovic Steffi achieved golden slam in 1988 idiot do u know which year seles got knifed fool

    • marty dav
      marty dav

      @Filip Vukovic What's that got to do with the '88 Olympics?

    • Filip Vukovic
      Filip Vukovic

      @Peter Anderson And Monica Seles got knifed too

  • Sachin Kumar
    Sachin Kumar

    Lockdown had ruined the rhythm of many players...Decisions need to be respected

  • Prad G
    Prad G

    Not thrilled to hear this but that means one less obstacle in Novak's path. If he equals Rafa and Roger at Wimbledon after having won the FO, that'll be just perfect. And then take the lead at the USO or more fittingly the next AO.

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      @Prad G I have Nadal as a favoruite player, but for me it is more factors involved. I was certain Nadal would win the FO and betted money on it. It was a bad bet. Now I am sure Novak wins Wimby, so I guess I have to put some money on it, and make a combination odds with the winner of the women's as well, although I cannot be certain who will win. I will bet on Novak as a single game as well and hope that Federer can make a decent run. I mean, who can beat Novak this year? Berettini? Zverev? I doubt Medvedev on gras.

    • Prad G
      Prad G

      @Adelaide Holmes ask yourself why people watch sports and have a favourite player or a team. You'll have your answer.

    • Adelaide Holmes
      Adelaide Holmes

      And what's in it for you personally? :)

    • Edgar Jephcote
      Edgar Jephcote

      If Berrettini pushes up to 8th seed and Zverev to 4th, then actually it could help. Less chance of picking a big hitter in 4th round, then QFs. Anyway, I think the draw could be a bit of a minefield. Plenty of Isners and servebots to navigate past in the early rounds. HOnestly, wouldn't be surprised if we get someone in the finqal from outside top 16.

  • Uncle Pom
    Uncle Pom

    Too sad

  • Undergroundkid
    Undergroundkid

    It's not bad.. Rafa played so much tournaments this year.

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