Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from the Sony Ericsson Open before his match with Andy Murray due to a knee injury. It was his second tournament back after taking off all of February to do some prior injury recuperating.
I know his style of play takes a heavy toll on his body. However, I wonder if it all boils down to scheduling.
For instance, I know he wanted to get some more court time in, but should he have played the doubles in Indian Wells? Did taking the month off leave him in a rushed state of mind to make up court time? Odds are he's going to play a lot of matches over the clay-court season: Will that take a toll on him post-U.S. Open, when he's playing those extra tournaments in Asia that he's been competing in the past couple of seasons?
So many questions, but I think he has to figure out still the best way to keep on the court. And if I may throw in my NTRP 4.0 two cents, he's still not doing enough to shorten points.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.