Except this is not true for Rafa. He always hits the court. He doesn't create winners by himself (i.e. shotmaking). His winners come off of opponent shanks and poor returns and only occasionally a 6-10 hit pattern (usually after a decent serve). Plus also an occasional passing of a player at the net. Which also is not the initiative of the point winner. So it's never really about Rafa. He just retrieves and gets it back. The opponent is the one who needs to be 'on'. Rafa is just constant Rafa. When Nole was on, he was hitting flat winners an armslength away from Rafa. When he hit them he was dictating, when he missed 'Rafa was dictating'. Rafa's choice? Hardly! The thing is that Nadal's consistency (= risk free style) puts the bar usually higher than most people can stay above long enough in a match with a more traditional, more risky style. So he just grinds it out. Ugly and effective.