Talk Tennis Guru
Bad start never helps for sure. I got the feeling at points during this match that Nadal didn't really know where Djokovic was going with the ball in standard rallies. I don't know if anybody remembers the match, but it reminded me of the 2014 Miami final. Nadal just never anticipated Djokovic's shots very well in that match, and he's even slower now so it's worse.I had the feeling Djokovic punched him in the face so hard in the first couple of games, that Nadal never could recover from it and was "groggy" for the remainder of the match. He was in a sort of state of shock during the whole match.