Watch highlights of Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final victory over compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar on Friday. Video courtesy Vive Deportes and VTR.
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Nadal says he wants drug cheats caughtSacramento BeeVINA DEL MAR, Chile —
Rafael Nadal says testing for performance-enhancing drugs in sport should strike a balance between catching the cheats and respecting the athletes.
“Not everyone has to pay for some sinners,” Nadal said Friday at the VTR Open in Chile.
Nadal said earlier this week that he had passed six blood and urine tests since losing June 28 at Wimbledon. He took seven months off to recover from a left knee injury before returning in Chile.
An 11-time Grand Slam winner, Nadal said it should be made public who is being tested and how frequently.
“If I go through a lot – or very few doping controls – people should know,” he said. “Though I went for seven months without competing, I went through a lot of tests.”
THE THEME OF January’s Australian Open, played in the shadow of Lance Armstrong’s confession, was the mystery surrounding the word “recovery.” Following his brutal marathon win over Stanislas Wawrinka, men’s champ Novak Djokovic offered a vague account of his regimen, saying only that his restoration process is “legal.” That same week, the Czech press speculated that veteran Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who was not playing in Melbourne, had failed a drug test. The International Tennis Federation, the body that oversees and administers the sport’s drug-testing program, stayed silent on the matter; it does not comment on alleged offenses. But that only raised the specter of performance-enhancing drugs all the more.