Originally Posted by pc1
Of course you're right. I do think Nadal is stronger now (assuming health is good) on grass and hard court than he was when he was younger.
But I've thought that several times. Is it Federer's fault Nadal lost early in a tournament? Of course not. One of Federer's great strengths is that he almost never loses to a player he should beat. He is better in that respect imo than Nadal over the years.
Nadal isn't at his peak on grass anymore I don't think, hard to say though in 2010 he beat a lackluster Berdych and 2011 Djokovic tooled a mentally frail Nadal. He's become more consistant on those surfaces now, he was still capable of great performances on hard and grass when he was younger.
And Federer's consistancy takes a massive dump on Nadal's (off clay), the finals, semi-finals, and quarter-final streaks are enough proof of this.