But 2009 was definitely a worse year than 2012. In 2009, Nadal lost at Roland Garros. His only loss ever! Also in 2009, Nadal skipped Wimbledon (he was defending champion). And in 2009, Nadal suffered his worst slam loss ever, 6-2 6-2 6-2 vs Del Potro. And in 2009, Nadal lost all his round robin matches at WTF and didn't even win a set! Compare that to 2012, where Nadal won Roland Garros by only dropping a set, and had his 2nd best Australian Open EVER (and in my opinion that final vs Djokovic was Nadal's best performance EVER in a loss).