Well CD, what's your take on Nadal?
His game needs repetition and with a new stick he'll have to fine tune that also.
He has two areas that need work now, my guess is that his game will come around soon.
he lost focus a while back
he lost his insane and relentless will at some point.
he took on way too many outside activities and outside interests at precisely the time others decided to take their fitness higher than ever before.
that has compounded the issue of winning and dominating.
at the current rate he could drop out of top 20.
no way to get it back unless he dedicates himself totally and completely to the sport for about 6-8 months.
in other words he has to ditch the world and start working on his game and his fitness 6-7 hours a day.
he stopped putting in the long hard yards and it cost him but he did it knowingly.
he knew it was going to cost him.