More medical expertise from Dr. Monogram's minions. Seems ESPN talking head Darren Cahill thinks the pain is all in Rafael Nadal's head. In this ESPN video clip Cahill says the following:
But I think to me, just a gathering from the press conference here, it seems to be a little more mental than physical and he just knows that he's hit a wall at the moment. And with the knee problems he has he's not getting any better.
So, I think it's quite a lot psychological and not so much physical, to be quite honest.
Keep it coming dudes. I mean your man said he had mono and to date no one has questioned his declaration even though he seems to be fitter than the Energizer Bunny and is not suffering relapses the way Mario Ancic has been for awhile now. I find it ironic that The Monogram's pronouncements are treated as if they come from Mount Olympus while everyone else's, especial Rafael's, are treated as fodder for inane and dare I say slanderous ruminations by everyone in the tennis press. It's been obvious for some time that Rafa's movement hasn't been right. In the match against Soderling it was painfully obvious to anyone who cared to look. Instead of talking about Rafa's lack of movement the press, especially here in the States, focused on Robin Soderling's "great" game. This while the Monogram went through a field that even I wouldn't have had too much trouble overcoming.
It occurred to me yesterday that maybe all this medical expertise is being bandied about because the Monogram knows in his heart of hearts that he only wins majors when Rafa is not there to challenge him. While his fans and sycophants rail that no asterisk should be placed next to his name he knows that if he had to face the one man who has not fallen under his spell he wouldn't be able to overcome.
Is it "psychological" when you have to think about how to move without pain or a normal human reaction to pain and discomfort Darren? Is it wrong for Rafa to try and be a man of his word and honor his commitments? It's not an easy thing for Rafael to walk away from a tennis tournament. He had to see for himself that he was not doing himself any favors by trying to play Wimbledon, the major that means so much to him. Let's hope he listens to his family and rests awhile before picking up a racquet again.