Trouble started in the Nadal camp a few days ago when it first appeared Rafael Nadal was suffering from some sort of fever. Why he continued to play singles and doubles when he’s sick is beyond me. Why he’s doing so just before a potentially historic Australian Open is even more confusing.
Even Nadal acknowledges the huge opportunity before him. “In fact, this is the only chance I will get in my life.”
Apparently Nadal is so unwell he almost retired against Davydenko and is now delaying his flight to Australia for some rest. Rafa will remain in Doha for at least the next two days while continuing with antibiotics.
“I thought about retiring for a moment. I had no chance to win the match. I knew that after four games, five games, but I felt real bad, you know, is difficult for me to go off court. It’s not nice for the crowd, not nice for the tournament, not nice for the opponent, too, no?
I stay here because I have to get healthy before I travel.Traveling on planes sometimes makes you worse. And at the same time I don’t have anything to do right now in Australia. With my condition right now I think the more reasonable thing to do is rest a few days and have less risk of injuries, less risk of everything, no?”
You have to wonder what his team were thinking when they let him play in such a state. I know he’s a creature who likes to hit a lot of balls but his risk of injury and over training increases the more he plays while sick. It is also likely to delay his recovery and prolong the fatigue. It probably doesn’t help that the Spaniard spent most of his “off” season doing media work of some variety instead of resting with his feet up.
Let’s hope his recovery skills when ill are just as good as what they are between matches and that he hasn’t got mono.
“It’s a perfect feeling for me to win my third doubles title here in Doha after a not easy week for me. It’s a very positive thing to finish with a victory. I’m very happy for that and right now I’m going to work hard to try to be ready for the next tournament.” – Rafael Nadal
“It’s my third title with Rafa and it’s amazing for me and I’m very happy. This tournament for me is special. It’s a very nice city and the hotel and transportation and everything is perfect. With my partner it’s too easy to win and I’m very happy.” – Marc Lopez
“I feel okay, no? The problem is I’m not ready to play at that rhythm like the rhythm of Nikolay. I was a little bit worse today than yesterday, but yesterday I had a few more free points than today. When Nikolay moved me around after three balls, four balls, I wasn’t there, no? So mentally that was hurting me, probably.
Finally I lost against a better player than me today, so that’s all. Keep practicing, get healthy, and try my best in next tournament. Nothing to say today about the match, because he played much better than me, so I wasn’t ready to play at that high rhythm today.
Even in doubles, when I play a little bit longer points, I feel the strain. This week I had this problem, and every day I had troubles. Every day was difficult on court. So, yep I need a little bit of rest and to recover perfect now, because I was perfect, healthy physically, very healthy in Abu Dhabi last week.” – Rafael Nadal