Originally Posted by zagor
Nadal did get Novak in matches that went to the distance before 2011 but how many of those wins were due to Nadal outlasting him instead of just being mentally tougher? Remember their brutal 2009 Madrid SF? Novak had 3 MPs but Nadal raised his level and saved them, he stepped it up a notch while Novak tightened up.
Also as I said before in this thread, while Nadal played overall great tennis on HC and grass in 2011 I'm not convinced his endurance was on the same level as before, IMO his time on tour coupled with his playing style took a toll on him in that regard.
Exactly , whether its was the tight queens match , Madrid or the Olympics , Nadal outlasted Novak MENTALLY not physically. If he had won those 3 close matches the H2H would have been 13-10 pre 2011.
But hey it makes people sleep easier at night , if they want to think that their idol is losing to someone who is cheating right.