First of all, I didn't think Rafa had a chance in hell to win this. It would have been another workmanlike victory for Nole in four sets if not for an epic hold in the eighth game of the fourth set and some uncharacteristic UE by Nole in the 4th set TB. Nadal fans can write, talk, scream until they're blue in the face about Rafa crowding the baseline more, attacking more, etc. It's never going to happen. His tennis DNA is to give ground, retrieve, defend, carefully wait for his spot to unleash a FH. But one stat, and one stat only, gives Nadal the key to his next victory against NOole. Average Second Serve Speed Nadal was neck and neck with with Nole in 1st serve points won and pretty close in first serve speed. But he plummeted when it came to second 2nd serve points one. Why? Because he takes too much off of them. He's very conservative and cautious, but as BG would say, "He's got to litter up the stat sheet." More aces, more double faults. He's facing the best returner in the world (Murray is a distant second). Laying it in because he's worried about double faulting doesn't work. The reason the match went five was because his 1st was better than it's been since USO '10. Even when Nadal hammers a first serve, Nole's return often makes the point neutral. Laying in a second serve is a recipe for immediately losing the point. Go far more on the second serve the next time they meet. More double faults? Who cares. Fortune favors the bold, and Nole is consistently bolder in ever aspect of play. End of strategy discussion with Uncle Toni.