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Rafael Nadal
This article isn’t easy for me to write because more than loving Rafael Nadal, I also tremendously respect him. I respect his hard-assed determination, his bull-like persistence when playing a tennis. I like that he thinks for himself, rarely looks up at his box as his mind whizzes along, coming up with strategies and calculations to help him figure out how to crush his opponent. I like that he shows no mercy, that he will force-feed you a crushing loss even if he has to reach across the net and comfort you afterwards. I like my tennis players to have grit and determination and fighting power.

I do not like my tennis players quitting on an incomplete match. There is something wrong with that. It tastes of an awareness that a loss is on the horizon but an unwillingness to confront it. It’s a cowardly way out. And it’s unfair to the opponent.

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Comment by Jazz Burks on January 31, 2010 at 2:16am
As I sit here waiting for Fed and Murray to play ESPN reports that the follow up MRI on the knee detected a tear in the joint. I am definitley not a fan of Nadal but I respect that man as a competitor. So when Rafa says that he can't go it must be something awful. I think the Djoker comparison is a low blow, Novak is frail in some way, be it physical or mental, but Nadal is strong in both capacities. I'm sorry that Rafa didn't live up to your hero worship by limping around for 3 meaningless games maybe shortening his career even further . The man is not long for this game, for him to give up a match to prolong his playing life is the smart, mature move.

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