nadal not winning a non-clay tournament in 2 years is an event of zero forward momentum........it means nothing going forward........he lost a bunch of hardcourt finals to djokovic 2.0 and others (murray and fed) chipped in as well beating a beaten man that he was in 2011........What about the fact that Nadal hasn't won a HC masters for almost three and half years. Does that mean anything?
it practically means nothing........he hadn't won a hardcourt masters title for over 1 and 1/2 year going into 2010 us open........nadal's career does not follow any trend or pattern........just when you think he's done, he keeps coming back with stunning wins........expect another massive run from him at the us open and australian open.........don't be surprised if he takes one or both those slams........
What do you mean Nadal's career DOES NOT
follow any trend or pattern? His career is practically predicated on clay. He's almost a lock on clay, save for a few surprises once in a blue moon, and especially when Djokovic delivered some blows in his clay finals in 2011. It's been well-known for a while now that Nadal typically performs well in the first half of the year during the clay season, then usually he goes away by the end of the year. And then it repeats! Now, I didn't say he's a non-factor outside of clay, but certainly he's less of one towards the tail end of the season.