General Lugburz and Hercules, that is pretty much spot on.
A much more aggressive display from Clay Warrior got him the victory over No1e.
Points ended much quicker also, so it saves on the wear and tear.
But don't be fooled. No1e is not going anywhere. He's still a force on hard courts.
I think Nadal's aggressive tactics surprised No1e. I think Djokovic and his team will be better prepared next time.
Also, No1e self-destructed on serve in the first set.
Nadal still isn't returning that well in general. But it's nice for him when his opponents stop putting first serves in and double fault .
It gives him more confidence, and really puts pressure on the poor serving server.
That said, I think Nadal might go out early in Cinci. His game is close to optimal on hard courts right now, and he doesn't want to jeopardize his knee issues by going deep 2 hard court tourneys in 2 weeks. With a good draw, the US Open (Arthur Ashe Stadium) conditions might be pretty good for him if they are as they were last year.
Here are my current candidates as favorites for the US Open in alphabetical order.
Del Potro - computer #7, US Open 2009 winner - and in excellent form
Djokovic - computer #1, US Open 2011 winner and excellent form
Federer - computer #5, 5 time consecutive winner (2004-2008), but recent form poor and current status unknown.
Murray - computer #2, US Open 2012 winner, Wimbledon 2013 winner, but recent form questionable.
Nadal - computer #3, US Open 2010 winner, and best current form of any player
I think any one of these should take it, but none of them have won more than one since 2008.
Outside chance - Berdych, Janowicz
Spoilers - many.