Rafael Nadal’s Post-Match Flop ‘A Little Contrived’

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Rafael Nadal 'flops' after winning his 8th French Open title. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal ‘flops’ after winning his 8th French Open title. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)


LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — There’s no denying Rafael Nadal’s return from a knee injury to capture his eight French Open title on Sunday is a great story. Nobody is knocking his performance, ability or awe-inspiring perseverance.

What is being knocked, however, are Nadal’s immediate post-match antics in which he falls to the clay court, supposedly overwhelmed by the moment, and celebrates the victory. Having won at Roland Garros seven times before, the ‘flop’ is a little suspect.

That’s not to say it’s not still a powerful moment, but perhaps just a touch of ‘been there before’ should be creeping in.

Enter JP Flaim on the Junkies Monday morning on 106.7 The FAN.

“He never loses there except for one time out of 60 matches,” JP said.

“Every time he wins [the tournament], he does the whole falls back like ‘Oh my god! I just won the French Open!’ … To me it’s a little contrived.”

“I’m not saying don’t celebrate, but do you have to do the whole dramatic fall to the ground like it’s the first time you’ve won the thing?”

Of course Drab would do the same thing if he won a club tournament according to Cakes.

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