Originally Posted by flying24
You are drastically overrating Nadal. Last night wasnt amazing. He struggled to beat Monfils and there are MANY guys stronger than Monfils on a fast hard court including Gonzalez. I am not saying Gonzalez will beat Nadal but saying a hard fought 4 set win over Monfils of all people now makes him the head and shoulders top of the tournament is completely laughable.
He struggled? I didn't see that at all. What was so hard fought about it? Nadal always fights hard, if that's what you're referring to. That's his style of play. Monfils was lucky to win the first set but Nadal ground him into dust the rest of the match. He was doing everything well last night.
Monfils is still a high quality hard court player. Saying Gonzalez is better on hard is debatable as well. Monfils has a 2-0 record over Gonzo, both matches being on hard courts.
Gonzo has the edge in fitness and experience however. I'll give him that. Either way I don't think he wants to grind with Nadal.