this is an interesting chart in terms of weak era. strong era , dominance levels. I recommend going through this site. its a good interesting time
What I am trying to say if its too hard for you to get is Nadal is not a factor in Novak winning it or not. Novak does not lose to Nadal off of clay. He retired from wawrinka (who isnt in the draw) but If the final was Nadal vs Novak . Novak would have won.
I dont understand the whole "this slam wont count cause no fedal". I mean Federer would have been not playing anyway this year cause he got surgery that knocked him out all year and Nadal hasnt beaten Novak off of clay since the 13 US open. So the whole Fedal thing would have been a non factor...
We are really grasping at the littlest straws to destroy any Novak becoming the "Goat" narrative . Next it will be, well he cant be the goat cause his game is boring or the crowd doesnt like him enough to be the GOAT.