nadal has zero improvements to his game in 4 years.
that is why he continues to drop in the rankings. when all else fails, just glance at the rankings.
he is about 50% of what he used to be even on the red clay.
zero improvements and a dramatic drop in fitness = 13 finals lost since the end of 2010. it cannot possibly get any more clear than that.
he is not 1/2 the player he used to be. why? because he refuses to improve any areas of his damn game and now he is 12-13 pounds heavier. so now he even says NO to supreme fitness.
all he can do is pay some lip service and some fools out there buy his nonsense. I know better.
so I will stick with my calculations.
remember when all else fails, just glance at the rankings.
But he has factual improvement to his game in 4 years like I said. Look at his serve in 2009 and now. It's at least on average 10 mph faster. And look at his finishing shots in '09 and now. They're much flatter now. And watch how he throws people back and forth around the court now. That's something he's changed since he's come back from injury.
The reason he's dropped in ranking is because he didn't play for 7 months. Hard to keep points when you're injured.
That's definitely not true. He won IW for the first time since '09. That's definitely not 50% of where he used to be. Yeah, he lost to Djoker at MC, but he also lost to Djokovic twice on clay in 2011, but still took RG. And the conditions favored Nole in the first set. That's why there was such a difference in how close the first set and second set were. They had just come back from an hour long rain delay. The heavier conditions favor Nole, as we saw at least year's French. But as the court started to dry up, Nadal competed better. If he had his mental strength that he used to have, he would've taken that second set and MC might have the same old champion. As far as mental strength, I'd agree with you about being at 50%. As far as his actual play and fitness, not in the slightest.
13? Try 10. Or 11 if you count the year-end championships. And among those 11 lost, there's also 10 won. 50/50 isn't terrible. Especially considering 6 of the losses were to Djoker in 2011, which is the best I've ever seen anyone play and it's unlikely to happen again.
Again, he is not 50% of the player he used to be. He's playing just as well as he did before the injury, has even made improvements in the last few months, let alone four years, and his fitness is as good as ever. The only thing that's suffered is his mental strength.
I definitely know better. I'm not paying attention to his interviews. I've hardly even seen any interviews. But I do buy what I see on the court. I've watched Nadal plenty, believe me. I know how he used to play, and I know how he plays now. He's made improvements. He just needs the mental strength that he used to have. He doesn't face break point and play it like any other like he used to. He tightens up and sprays errors. But I'm sure he'll fix that in the coming months. He's a champion and a warrior. He knows how to overcome obstacles.
Rankings are deceiving. He wouldn't be ranked 5 now if he hadn't been gone for 7 months.