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Nadal's wild match raises questions

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07:51 AM ET 06.27 | Rafael Nadal has earned the benefit of the doubt. He is one of the world's greatest players. He is coming off a French Open title. He is known as one of the more energetic players on tour. But Nadal's actions at Wimbeldon yesterday left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. During a five-set win, Nadal was scolded by the chair umpire for receiving coaching signals from the stands, he also called for a trainer four times during the five-set match. Nadal's knees are in dire shape, without a doubt, and it is unlikely he was being coached during the macth. But just allowing the distractions to overtake the match is a problem in and of itself. If Nadal wants another Wimbeldon title, he needs to stay focused on his opponent, and nothing else.

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July 20, 2010  11:08 PM ET
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I agree with FastEddie ... this article is a bunch of boloni ... Nadal requested a physical therapist (not a trainer) several times because his knee was hurting. Last year he missed 1/2 of the season because of knee problems so it is not like he is making injuries up. If the German player lost his rythm while Nadal was being treated that is his problem. On the 5th set the German player also took a "medical timeout" because he was having cramps and Nadal had to wait for 5 minutes also. About the coaching he just looked at his uncle a couple of times .. not sure how much coaching can that be ....

as innocent as it seems, tennis coaches are excellent at giving signs that mean something to their player. even uncle toni tapping his nose while nadal is looking could mean a complete alteration to nadal's gameplan. it happens. the chair umpire was right to do it. nadal gets coaching all the time

 
May 20, 2012  06:41 PM ET

Wow, this is more trouble than a Detroit Lions playe would get into.

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