Originally Posted by dudeski
He would have played at AO if he knew that Fed, Djoko and Murray weren't playing. Nadal doesn't want to lose to them specifically but he wouldn't care if Berdych beat him. He wants to keep the mental edge over top slam winning players.
Nadals chances at the slams outside of the FO are zero. I think he'll do this drama every year to only play on clay and try and catch up to Pete.