“No, I totally disagree,” he said in comments translated from Spanish. “For him it’s good to say nothing. Everything positive. ‘It’s all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman,’ and the rest can burn themselves.
“Everyone is entitled to have their own opinions.”
“He (Federer) likes the circuit. I like the circuit,” Nadal said. “It’s much better than many other sports but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be better. It doesn’t mean there are some things about the tour that could change. The tour is fine, but there are some things that are bad. That’s all we’re saying.
“And the vast majority of players have this same opinion. He’s got a different opinion … if the vast majority have one opinion, and a small minority think differently, maybe it’s them who are wrong.”
“I love the game and there’s a lot of things I’m grateful for. The game has allowed me to lead a fantastic lifestyle,” he said. “But to finish your career with pain all over your body, is that a positive? No.
“Maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose. Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose.
“Tennis is an important part of my life, but it’s a tough sport. We’re not like him where it’s effortless to play. All of us, it’s a battle.”
Nadal said his knees, hips, back and ankles were prone to soreness because “every year the ball flies quicker, there’s more intensity. The surfaces are hard.”
Just a short while ago I made a post called Nadal brings up two year ranking system AGAIN. Well Nadal is at it again. At first I thought I won’t take sides because that is what a biased fan would do, but then I remembered just how different the mindsets of Roger and Nadal is. I outlined it in the post above. It comes back to the fact that Nadal is looking out for his own interests, while Roger is looking out for the interests of others. Of course Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray wants a reduced schedule because of their taxing game styles. Nadal claims that the majority of players agrees with him and therefor he must be right. But what about the players who is not a top pro and doesn’t have a voice? Do they want the same? I doubt it. For the players who are struggling to get to the top many events is a good thing.
They want to play a lot so they can rack up those rankings points and break into the top ranks. I think it’s selfish from Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray, who will live in luxury for the rest of their lives, to only think of themselves. Who the hell cares if they finish their careers with pain all over their bodies? Did they ever think of the players who struggle and never make it? The players who dedicated half of their lives to tennis and ends up empty-handed? Nadal claims that he loves the game and that there is a lot of things he is grateful for. Really? It is hard to believe when all you ever hear is his whining. I mean tennis has turned him into a legend in many people’s eyes(not mine) and he will live like a king for the rest of his life. Yet we always get the message that he only plays for personal glory and that he doesn’t care about others.
With Roger on the other hand you always get the feeling that he cares about others and the sport as a whole. It’s not his fault that he plays an effortless game, is it? Roger wouldn’t mind a reduced schedule either if it was just up to him. I mean he plays a reduced schedule anyway. But he realizes it is not just about him, and it doesn’t look good for the sport when the top players complain. Nadal’s words makes it look like Roger is one who doesn’t care. How strange. It looks like he is trying to project his own flaws on Roger to make him look bad. Nadal’s tone doesn’t sound very good at all. I wonder what this will do to the Fedal relationship. Nadal feels because he has the backing of Djokovic and Murray that he can basically insult Roger. It seems like a low blow to me. Roger has always been nice and respectful to Nadal even though he has suffered crushing defeats at his hands.
I’ve always thought that Roger is a bit too nice to Nadal. Maybe this will wind him up a bit and he will have less mercy should they meet in the semis in Melbourne. I also find it funny that Nadal says the ball is flying faster every year, when conditions have slowed down so much recently. Maybe he should ask for faster courts so that the points will be shorter and his body will take less of a beating. But of course that doesn’t suit his agenda. He should be thankful to the ATP that he is playing in an era where the conditions suits his game style. In the 90’s he would have struggled to win any major outside of the French Open. But no, he would rather whine about how terribly difficult his life is, while 16 000 children starve to death every day all over the world. I’m sorry Mr. Nadal, but I have no mercy for you. You are an embarrassment to the sport that made you a star.
Ps. I haven’t even mentioned that Nadal plays exhos and non mandatory events to serve his own greed for money. If the schedule was really a problem for him he would clearly not play these events.
Update: Above it looks like Nadal implies that Djokovic supports his view when he says that neither him nor Djokovic, nor Murray will finish their career like a rose. Well take a look at this:
Q. Given what you did, where you took your body to last year, two weeks doesn’t seem like very long to kick back a little bit.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It is what it is. It’s the same for all of the top players, especially the ones who are playing at the World Tour Finals in London and the Davis Cup as well. Obviously the schedule is like that. You have to adjust to it and you have to take the best out of it.
To be honest, I even felt that I had quite a lot of time in the off‑season comparing to the last two years. But, you know, in 2012, for the first time after a long time we’re going to have two weeks shorter season, which is going to give us more time to I guess rest and prepare better.
Not even the player who had the most grueling season of everyone last year is whining. Only Nadal…