Last chance at Rome and his draw at Rome could involve Thiem QFs, Tsitsipas SFs and Djokovic Fs and all 3 players have beaten him this season.
The god of clay will need some upsets to happen to his threats in Rome to win it.
So the problem is tactically, no?
Can't stand 500m behind baseline against Thiem and Djokovic, no?
To me, he looks more nervous on the court. Double faulting at crucial moments e.g. Kyrgios and Thiem matches. Being a "fighter" doesn't mean he ain't choking more now.
Looked helpless against Djokovic in Australia.
Had multiple match points against Kyrgios and choked badly in Acapulco.
Injury woes in IW.
Looked helpless against Fognini in MC.
Got beat down convincingly, despite decent form, by Thiem in Barcelona.
Surely these type of losses ain't too...
5 Australian Open finals. 0 AO titles.
4 losses to Djokovic, 1 loss to Federer. Basically lost every time to the AO GOATs.
Felt he had a great chance in AO17 - was World Number 1 at the time and Djokovic suffered an upset 2 rounds earlier.
Felt that he had to eventually get 1 AO title but it...
Nadal fans will be skeptical, thinking that it's all about Federer when people claim tennis was 'saved'.
Here are some of the arguments:
1. Djokovic stopped the Fedal oligopoly.
2. Djokovic is officially back, and Fedal have won 1 slam each so far this year. More competition is a good thing...