Originally Posted by Mike Sams
There are only so many comebacks one can make before things just start to get tougher and tougher. Last I checked, Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro all have been extremely active while Nadal has been on the shelf. Furthermore, they all share a common trait. They've all crushed Nadal in Slams and they've all won Slams and they're all younger than Nadal and have far less wear and tear on their bodies. Nadal's going to have to EARN anything he gets with these guys around who are improving and getting stronger mentally. These are his main foes and Nadal hasn't had much success trying to beat Murray and Djokovic back to back. Just to beat 1 of them takes a formidable effort...try beating the both of them. Even Federer struggles to beat them back to back.
Nadal already said his holiday will help his career a lot. Reason being, he had time to heal his niggling injuries. And it didn't cost him a Roland Garros title. He chose the best time to have a holiday. If he could take 6 months off every year he'd probably still be winning Roland Garros at age 37.
Regarding Murray, in 2011 Nadal beat him in 3 out of 3 slam meetings. Whatever Murray had going for him vs Nadal is clearly gone. Djokovic too, has lost momentum vs Nadal. And by the way, Djokovic is NOT improving. He's going backwards.