Nadal Camp Blames ATP for Lack of Success at Masters Cup

The only regret we have is to have never had the opportunity to win the Masters. For me, the ATP has its share of responsibility for our failure, not wishing to change surface for this tournament … which seem logical for an event of this type, it would be rotated every two or three years. But no. This is also why Rafa has a lot of merit.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/80009-toni-nadal-l-atp-a-sa-part-de-responsabilite-dans-l-echec-de-nadal-au-masters-2-2

Let me make it clear from the start that this is not a post to bash Nadal. This is a post to make it clear why I am a Fedfan and have never warmed to Nadal. I have recently stated that Nadal have some qualities that Roger does not possess and that in the overall picture we will probably never know who is the best player between them. That doesn’t mean I am a fan of both however. I am not a fan of Nadal because of statements like the above. I just want to make that clear because some Fedfans have this idea that if you say one good thing about Nadal then you are a Nadal fan and not a Fedfan. That is of course extremist thinking and totally false. There may be qualities about Nadal I appreciate but it doesn’t mean I am his fan. It means I am objective. There are also qualities about Nadal that I do not appreciate.

While I respect his work ethic and mental strength I just cannot accept this kind of selfishness and egotism. This is of course not by any means the first time we heard someone in the Nadal camp say something like this. What strikes me the most is the lack of gratitude. There is a slam and three Masters Series events on clay, as well as several other clay court events, including the ATP 500 events in Acapulco, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Rio de Janeiro. On grass for instance there are no Masters Series events, nor even ATP 500 events. As for indoors(Nadal’s worst surface) there is only one Masters Series(Paris) event and the Masters Cup. As if that is not enough, the court surfaces everywhere has been slowed down so much that Nadal has been able to win slams on all surfaces.

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Was it not for Wawrinka he would have been the first player in the open era to complete two career slams, despite a one-dimensional game. It is quite astonishing that the Nadal camp still finds reason to complain. It comes across as unbelievably ungrateful and selfish. It is disgusting in fact. It kind of reminds me of one or two readers of this blog. But unfortunately the ATP does not have someone at the helm who can make rules against this kind of selfishness and egotism. Never mind. Karma will catch up with him. In fact it may have already when Nadal got slapped off the court by Wawrinka in Melbourne. Personally I take great satisfaction in that match and the fact that Nadal has not been able to win the Masters Cup. It fills me with gratitude. It makes me believe that there is justice in the universe and that selfishness and egotism does not pay off.

As much as the ATP has catered to Nadal’s needs, I can’t see them ever changing the Masters Cup to indoor clay. That would be a dead giveaway that they are catering to his needs and would cause immense upheaval. It is also comforting to know that Nadal has missed out on a big opportunity to win a second career slam and thereby achieving something Roger could never achieve. It won’t be easy for him to complete the second career slam now. You can slam Roger for not being enough of a killer to defeat Nadal when it matters most, but in the final analysis the kind of person you are is more important than a game. This is why Roger will always be the more popular champion between him and Nadal. He has a compassionate side to him, and I guess you can’t be both a killer and compassionate.

Roger is who he is, and in the bigger picture he is the better man and his influence on the world is much better than Nadal’s is.

 

Ps. How absurd is the statement: ‘This is also why Rafa has a lot of merit.‘?!

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37 Comments

  1. Not a surprise… He complained about lot of tennis played on hard court. He always do that – the ultimate cry baby. Even after all these, I had some respect for him. But not anymore since Aus open final. The way he took the 7 min medical time off without even mentioning what was his problem and returned with a back injury which had no effect on his game until he returned from the time off – it’s disgusting. Australian open tropy might have thanked Stan for saving it from Nadal’s ‘fangs’.

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  2. Wow Ru-an, what a great great picture of Roger !!! WOW !!! Just made my whole day. Got to have that picture…

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    Katyani Reply:

    Great article Ru-an. So true. You can think that you can outplay Destiny/Faith/Karma, but you cannot outrun it. IT will catch up with you, whether you like it or not, are ready for it or not, thought you escaped it or not.
    Loved the thing you said about some Fedfans thinking that if you say one of once a good thing about Rafa they automatically assume you are a Rafa fan. Which is not true at all. I can see myself become a Andy fan first, but Rafa fan?? NEVER.
    What you wrote is also the difference between a mature and nice player (Roger) and a selfish player (Rafa).
    Ever wondered why Roger always says he wants to leave the game and sport behind better than when he first came? Ever wonderered why Rafa never says that of has never said it?? Because I honestly believe Rafa likes playing tennis but loves winning much much more.
    And….. don’t be so sure about Roger not winning all the slams twice. I know it looks like he may never win RG, but he did win it once and he has come close so so many times. I think he might surprise us and win RG first !!!

    Oh and Ru-an, like I said, this loss to Stan did a great deal to Rafa. More than he and his camp are willing to show. I honestly think this is the beginning of Rafa’s downfall and Roger’s rise.
    Come on Roger !!!

    Ps: What does merit mean exactly?? Good sides?? Opportunities?? How do they mean that??

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Merit means good qualities Katyani.

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    Joe Reply:

    I love this post Katyani. And I think Roger could win RG again too. He came so close against Nadal in 2011!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Thank you Joe :->

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  3. Hello ruan.
    I admire Nadal for the qualities that you mentioned, but Nadal is (from a very early age) a toy in the hands of his family, and he does what they say im to do: he prefered to play football, he loves much more football and played very well, but he was forced to play tennis (with his left hand); Roger also loved football, and played very well, but made his choice for tennis because he didn´t liked to put his destiny in the hands of teammates…
    You just have to see the faces of his uncle and his father in the stands to understand the pression that Nadal suffers… They wanted to have a Nadal-puppet-remote control, but it is not possible, so when Nadal is being spanked in the court (like he was by Stan The Man in the first set), he needs to show that it’s not his fault, so we can see de MTO in anticipation…
    The tennis is a sport for “gentleman” (like Roger), but the “Nadal Family” never played a fair game with anybody (particulary with poor Rafa), and always tried to twist the reality, so this it’s not anything new…
    With the time, more and more people see the obvious, and it’s a happy coincidence that a (not so gentleman)swiss shouts to the referee in a Grand Slam final that “it’s always the same thing” (he also complained some months before, in the Masters Finals…), the entire world heard that, and when Nadal came back he almost cried, because he felt that his tricks do not work like they did with the other swiss (nice guy and extraordinary gentleman), and without his tricks, and the boos from de public, the defeat his near, and (much worse) the psicological bad treatment of his “family”…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Great comment Jacques. I try to explain this to my readers but some of them just don’t get it. They think Nadal is the devil. Period. They never consider his side of the story, like you mentioned. No one said Nadal is an angel, but to claim he is the devil is absurd. Everyone has reasons for the way they act, but it takes someone with a little depth to look at the reasons why people act the way they do. Roger also has his flaws. He can be a bad loser and arrogant. But the extremists don’t see this. They think he is God and therefor questioning his actions is treason. It’s pathetic really.

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    steve Reply:

    Ru-an, many people had lousy childhoods but there comes a day when you have to take responsibility for what you do.

    Nadal is an adult. Whatever his uncle did to him as a child is in the past. He can’t use it as an excuse to justify his selfish behavior.

    I mean, he’s got many millions of dollars and worldwide fame and status as one of four or five of the greatest players in the history of tennis. Even if it’s true that he hates tennis, I would hardly say he’s suffering, especially since we live in a world where many children are allowed to starve.

    He may be little more than Tío Toni’s pet Grand Slam champion, but he’s certainly been given lots of juicy bones and other fancy treats. There are other animals who have been treated much more badly and are far more deserving of our sympathy.

    These days, when criminals or con artists are caught red-handed, they claim they’re the ones who’ve been victimized. And people are trained to sympathize with them.

    Nadal is the one trying to exploit his influence for his own personal gain, he’s the one in the wrong here.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    So you think Nadal is pure evil?

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    steve Reply:

    No, Ru-an. I am merely arguing that people are too quick to blame everything on Uncle Toni’s malign influence and to play into the “poor little Rafa is just a helpless little victim” meme that the Nadal camp sells so well.

    He’s a grown man. He is responsible for his actions. I don’t really care about the “pression” his family puts him under or how bad his childhood was. It doesn’t mitigate any of his actions in the least.

    Nadal is a millionaire with worldwide fame and prestige, he’s doing pretty well. There’s plenty of real suffering out there to worry about.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right so he is doing better than you. What went wrong in your childhood?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No one said he wasn’t wrong anyway. Why do you think I made this post? Didn’t you get the message?

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  4. Funny, if they had changed the master’s cup to indoor clay, Nadal would have certainly won it. I can see why he sees that a missed oppurtinity, but blaming that on the ATP is not right. IF he was so fond of winning the Master’s Cup he needed to schedule better and take some time off to be fresh and ready for it, most of the time he is burned out by the time the Master’s Cup is around the corner.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course he would win it if they changed it to clay. He can win anything and everything on clay. That is the problem with his resume. It is so damn clay heavy that if they change the WTF to clay and he wins it it won’t add anything to his resume. Don’t they think he has won enough on clay, and that he needs to prove himself indoors too? I think he has something like one indoor title. That’s pretty poor for someone who wants to make a GOAT claim, given that indoors is historically an important surface. It is tennis in its purest form without any interference from the elements. Of course these days indoor tennis has almost become extinct. The WTF actually used to be played on carpet which was lighting fast, and these days it’s been slowed down as much as possible. Yet even now Nadal can’t win it. They are not satisfied. They want it to be CLAY. If it was up to them probably the entire tour would be played on clay. Like I said, this sounds very ungrateful from someone in whose favor the sport has evolved with slow courts, powerful racquets, and strings with which you can put unreal amounts of spin om the ball. Nadal’s future GOAT claim is already in question with his clay heavy resume and his inability to be consistent throughout the year(never year end #1 for consecutive years). He should be careful not to make people hate him as well.

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  5. Hi Ruan,
    Hope ur doing well. Nice post, Its true Nadal has some good qualities, but Nadal always want everything to favour him, its clear Nadal’s resume lacks Master’s cup (as of Roger lacks Davis Cup) Therefore Nadal always complains about Master’s cup being played at Indoor HARD courts, now a days every courts being slowed down and this yr at O2 courts where playing slow it was favouring Nadal only still Nadal didn’t. GOAT status of Nadal hangs on heavy clay court titles where as Roger is all court player with better Resume! Hope Master’s cup remain in Indoor Hard court!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Inbakumar. Yes, Nadal is selfish. Roger may lack DC but that’s a team event and your success depends to a large degree on your teammates so I don’t see that as a flaw. What’s more of a flaw is the fact that he hasn’t won Olympic gold in singles, but he has one in doubles and a silver in singles so it’s not a big deal. Roger’s main flaw in his resume is that he was dominated by his main rival and Nadal’s is his clay heavy resume and lack of WTF titles. They both have flaws. We will see how much Nadal is able to accomplish in the future, and Roger is not quite done yet either for that matter.

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  6. Hey Ruan,

    Sampras thinks Roger can win another major; John McEnroe thinks not. I think I read a while back that one prominent tennis player – whose name I don’t remember, sorry – said he thinks Roger might win a couple more.

    What are your thoughts about Roger’s chances to win another major?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well after his AO performance I feel slightly more optimistic that he can win a slam. I wouldn’t care what Mcenroe says. He also said things like Nadal is the GOAT and that his volleys are better than Roger’s. I mean the guy has no clue. On the other hand some of these guys seems so sure that Roger will win another slam. Some of them think he will even win more than one slam like you say. I’m not so sure about that but I definitely think he can win another slam.

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  7. Ya! I accept DC doent matter alot. Roger has great chance of adding that too this yr. Roger isnt finished we could expect better result this yr if Roger displays same kind of play as he did in AO, Hope Roger lifts SW19 title once again this yr!

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  8. I personally think that this shows yet again how disgraceful and disgusting Nadal is! Not only the courts have been getting slower and slower over the years to cater to his needs, but the guy simply can’t get enough. I am telling you – He still can’t get over the loss from the AO! That was his last chance to become greater than Roger and he didn’t do it so now he is more frustrated than ever. How dare he even think about become the GOAT? That title will always belong to Roger. Being the greatest is not about stomping on your rivals. It’s about doing it with class and grace! And that’s something that Nadal has lacked and something that he always will lack!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No, we can’t say the GOAT title will always belong to Roger. Nadal owns him 9-2 in slams and is fast catching up with his slam record. To say he is not allowed to think about becoming the GOAT shows bias, and you know what the rules say about bias…

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  9. I was going through overall tennis records in men’s singles and I find so many great by tennis players such as Rod Laver, Don Budge, Fred Perry, Bill Tilden etc. and I am afraid getting the maximum number of titles at Grand Slams in the open era alone cannot be taken as a perfect criteria for labeling somebody as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Hence,in my opinion, there cannot be a single GOAT. There are quite a few of one of the GOATs from different eras. Both Federer and Nadal fit into the category and that will hardly change even after they will be able to add a few more titles each before hanging up their respective rackets.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Mridul. There is no GOAT. I have used the word too much in the past. There is a GOAT debate but there will probably never be a GOAT. Only biased fans think there is a GOAT.

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  10. The GOAT debate really doesn’t mean anything to me. I love to watch Roger play, plain and simple.
    I agree with Steve. No matter what our childhood was, we are responsible for our own stuff when we are adults.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘I agree with Steve. No matter what our childhood was, we are responsible for our own stuff when we are adults.’

    Who ever said otherwise? Yet Nadal is still probably way more successful than you ever were or will be.

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  11. Ruan, That’s a VERY unkind and disrespectful thing to say to me.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Why? Because it’s true? Don’t repeat obvious statements that no one ever disagreed with and we won’t have a problem.

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  12. I for one definitely think he can win another slam based on current form alone. Add to that the new racket, coach and pain free back, why not? Sure we are no longer seeing prime Roger of 2004-2007 but , I would think, at least on par with Wimbledon 2012 Rog, and that guy won it. As far as Nadal is concerned, I see him slipping, he lost half a step and the other guys are catching up to those heavy lefty spin zingers. He is what 28 now and Stan the man blasted him of the court. But yeah I bear him no ill will, as someone here stated we will never in our lives probably come close to his success and what he has achieved. Now imagine how far we are of from even dreaming of what Roger achieved. So happy I am alive during this era, even though I am obviously a fan of Roger, there is no doubt Rafa belongs in contention for the top 5 players of all time.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good post wizzy. I guess some people just don’t get how good these guys are and what sacrifices it takes to achieve what they did. Criticizing these guys day in and day out doesn’t reflect very well on themselves.

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    Jian Reply:

    No offense Ruan, but you do it too. I have seen a lot of your tweets where you put athletes down,saying things like “this guy sucks,pathetic…” and also calling them names like “clown,mug…”
    As for Nadal, I don’t necessarily think that he is selfish and egotistical, for me it is hard to judge when we don`t even know the guy. Anyway, wasn`t it Toni, not Nadal who made the comment?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Everyone does that. It’s not serious. My blog and tweets have always been different because at my blog I try to adhere to certain standards, while with my tweets I tweet just about anything. The one is a lot less serious than the other. Anyway if it’s confusing for you suggest you don’t follow both. Or neither. Nadal has said these things himself before, so it doesn’t matter who made the comment. Their comments come from the same place.

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    Jian Reply:

    I understand, twitter is more casual so its like talking among friends and just saying your thoughts aloud. Fair enough

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well you get a lot of blind worshipers and fanatics there so to cancel them out I troll sometimes. This blog is my space where I am in control so there is no need for me to troll. It is two very different things for me. The fangirling and blind worship is quite disgusting over there so I don’t need anymore of it here. Over there I don’t even look at tweets during Roger’s matches. I just can’t relate with those tweets.

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  13. Great post, Ruan! I could sense the frustration in your tone, as you tried your best not to go overboard. You were taking huge cuts, but showed a lot of control in keeping the ball in. I can understand you have to be politically correct :-)

    It’s about time more writers and bloggers brought Nadal’s characteristics to light. As if stealing titles from others by employing his gamesmanship tactics wasn’t enough, now he squarely blames the ATP for his lack of titles.

    You phrase, “but in the final analysis the kind of person you are is more important than a game”, pretty much sums it up. And I feel we will get to know Roger Federer a lot more in the years to come.

    Cheers!

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