I actually don't disagree with him going out of his prime after AO 2014. We saw what happened in the fall of that year and 2015 so there definitely was a shift that happened. I just disagree with using a blanket statement that Nadal was poor in the whole year in 2014 when he made the first two...
Barely lost to Dolgopolov at IW who almost beat Djokovic in both Cincy and Miami in 2015. It doesn't matter if he played worst than other years but his year was not poor up until that point with a 87% record, 2 Slam finals, 1 Slam win and one Masters. No.
No let's clarify. After 2014 RG Nadal was poor. Before that he had a 41-6 record (87%), won 4 titles, and made 5 tier 1 finals. After RG, his record was 7-5 (58%). He was not poor the entire year like you are claiming.
All those losses were bad, including 2014 when he had made the AO final, Miami final, Rome final, won Madrid and won RG. You are completely exaggerating this poor Nadal in 2014. Anytime you lose to a player outside the top 100 and you are #1, it's a bad loss.
Hate? I haven't seen that. I have seen his record criticized though and that's probably because since 2011, Djokovic is 7-8 against Nadal on clay and 12-2 on hardcourt. Djokovic is nowhere near as dominant on hardcourt as Nadal is on clay so that stands out, and hardcourt is mostly a neutral...
It's not really the speed of the grass that Nadal or any player would have to worry about at Wimbledon but the bounce. The ball stayed low and skid. Nadal has actually won big tournaments in faster conditions: Cincy, USO, etc.
I think a balanced draw would have been nice but since Nadal could go through any draw and win the title, it would have made for a more exciting tournament to see him overcome some obstacles. This draw? I can't even see him losing at this point since all his matches before the SF will be easy.
Easiest draw imaginable? Not by a long shot. He could play Verdasco in the 4th round who I don't think he has ever beaten, then Del Potro, then Djokovic then Nadal. That is the worst draw imaginable in my eyes.
Del Potro convinced me in Rome. He's getting ready to play ball. Poor Thiem. Well he made the SF last year and I think he's ready to go. Djokovic has his problems too starting with the 1st round. #12 looks even more likely now.
I'm actually not placing Thiem in the SF so fast because Del Potro can upset him. Thiem got shafted. To have to go through Del Potro. Djokovic and Nadal? Hard to imagine that. Djokovic also got shafted....again. I remember in 2015 they gave him a draw from hell then as well.