rajitghosh wrote:Is CTL cancelled this time?
prasen9 wrote:Tennis rule changes, and, ... stuff.
PKBasu wrote:I made eye contact and exchanged a "Hi Buji" with Somdev as he was chatting with Moyà courtside, wearing the smart office-shirt and ear-piece of an official. But he hasn't retired: I exchanged messages with Purav (coach of the Singapore Slammers), and he confirmed that Buji is doing this only while on his injury break from the game.
1. The ‘old’ man can still outlast the young gun
The way Rafael Nadal at 30 outlasted 19-year-old Alexander Zverev over four hours and six minutes added further evidence to an observation made by former ATP touring physio Bill Norris. In his book ‘Pain, Set & Match’, Norris makes the observation that he’s seen players play tennis in all sorts of weather conditions with differing degrees of intensity, yet he’s never seen a player cramp in practice. His conclusion: that cramping is largely mental, brought on by the tension of a close match. That goes a long way to explaining why Nadal, with all the distance his body has on its clock, was able to be the fitter player, notably when Zverev started cramping immediately after the 37-stroke rally the two men played in the fifth game of the final set. Twelve years ago, a young Nadal lost a five-setter at Rod Laver Arena against a more experienced Lleyton Hewitt, because Hewitt knew how to manage his nerves and his body better. Now it's Nadal who uses that advantage to get the better of the leader of the next generation of tennis stars.
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