Finally tennis journalists say some of the same things that have been said for years on "tennishasasteroidsproblem". Note that some of the "commenters", are in fact tennis "insiders", who are quite good players themselves, and have friends that are/were tennis tour pros. These guys would be better than most to recognize suspicious performances. Here are some of the quotes :
"And this year, a former player I talked to, said he was stunned watching the Australian Open fifth set, where at 4-all in games, during the first point of the next game, Nadal and Djokovic engaged in a long, physical rally that left Djokovic on one knee, heaving for breath afterward. Nadal, this player said, walked up to the line to serve the next point, barely breathing."
"Several players have said we would never hear about it if a major star tested positive as it would cost the tour tons of money if the top star had to be suspended. Google “operation puerto” about the Spanish athletes and doping. Also, did you know that the socer star Lionel Messi supposedly had some kind of childhood condition that a doctor ordered Messi needed to take I believe it was HGH as a kid all through his childhood? I read this last year in a soccer mag and was astounded to read it. Maybe this is a reason why Messi became such a superhuman player? Are there any Messi Frankensteins in other sports too? Intriguing subject."
"No one said we’re the cleanest, but Nadal does bend the imagination. Who goes in for an MRI the day before the tournament begins and then plays like he’s a total warrior. He looked stronger than Djokovic physically and that wasn’t the case last year in Miami or at the US Open."
"I admire his game and his ability to turn “garbage” into miracles on the court (running down balls no one has ever run down in the history of the sport, and doing something incredible with the ball). Rios did this but not by running down balls – he did it through his knowledge of the game and how it could be played, not just by retrieving (I think Rios was more innovative – a la Federer). "
"There are a lot of things that make me suspicious of Nadal. He continues to look mediocre in warmup grasscourt and hardcourt tournaments and then transforms into a beast in majors. Just look at his statistics in non clay tournaments since June 2010 after he had his PRP treatments:
Hardcourt/Grasscourt Grand Slam finals made, June 2010 to the present:
Hardcourt/Grasscourt finals made in all other tournaments, June 2010 to the present:
Isn’t interesting how the result are completely reversed from Slams to all remaining tournaments? Nadal has looked very mediocre at Queens, Canada, Cincinnati, and Doha the last 3 seasons, yet had it not been for a change in diet, he would have won 5 of the last 6 non clay court Slams.