I won´t lie, I try to watch Nadal as much as possible. I like him. But I´ll try to be objective. He has his little annoying tics, takes too long to serve, takes him too much energy to win points, some of his shots are rather ugly, he is sometimes ineffective with the serve, and many times with the return, especially the forehand return after a first serve. Also, I am with the people that think he is likely to be injured for a few months every year. And lastly, there´s the shadow of doping on him. He seems to be almost too fit. He runs as much as anybody every single point...and still is the more fresher of the 2 players in a 5 setter? Who buys this? Big shadow there. Having said that, I think he is underrated in this forum and in general...the target of lots of praise, true, but also of lots of trashtalk. I have been following the pro tour for like 10 years -and Nadal since early 2004, and my opinion of the guy is as follows: -He will have a greater career than Federer. As good as Fed is now, Nadal will be even more of a legend in the future, when he is gone from the game. The mere sound of his name will make people pay attention and shiver at the sight of him running around the court in a picture stuck in memmory. Kinda like Braveheart. "He killed 50 people!...no, no, a hundred!" -He is the toughest mentally...that I have seen. Tight? Nadal doesn´t get tight. He sometimes starts slow, and there are matches now and then where he looks ordinary. Nothing to do with nerves. Whoever watched the Nadal-Ljubicic final in Madrid can tell. Nadal looked in complete despair after the first 2 sets. Aces flying right past him left and right. He was really frustrated, and he turned it around. Make no mistake, the Madrid Masters Series courts are darn fast. I am not sure why Ljubicic goes on and on with the trashtalking: if he didn´t beat Nadal that day he won´t beat him ever, period. -The proofs of how good he is/will be are right there, out in the public, and nobody seems to have noticed. The proofs are none other than Fed being scared of him only, and Agassi paying so much reverence to a damm kid. Federer routinely beats everyone. It´s almost laughable. But from the first match between the 2, the swiss star has looked scared, unsure. He has found someone of equal value...or does Fed really think this? Truth is Fed ackowledged Nadal as someone special. Fed doubts he is the best player in this very moment, and knows the gap in the rankings will shrink, and the pressure will grow bigger. And Agassi? Notice how you never hear Roddick, or Djokovic, or Ljubicic...or Nalbandian praise Nadal? However, Agassi has been out there on tour for what, 18 years? He has seen and played hundreds of players. And yet he is astonished by this Nadal. Agassi himself seems scared just by talking about him. If they asked him now if Nadal is better than Becker was, than Edberg was, etc, what´d he say? He´d say "Yes" . Better than Federer or Sampras? That´s dubious, but I´d bet my house Agassi would be cautious not to count Nadal out, and wouldn´t say a straight "Federer", or "Sampras".