Has ever crossed your mind that perhaps golfing and fishing are the "silly" things that helped him to reach the #2 spot?
ok so he reached #2. is he now to rest on his laurels for the rest of his life.
he readily admits that the field is gaining on him fast. why the hell is it that they are all improving except him. i have seen no improvement in his overall game in 2 years.
all nadal fans want him to be #1 and they all desperately want him to improve. he is getting some help from Fed so this was a great time to strike except that he cant.
watch and learn. the trend in his game is decidedly downward. there is hardly anybody rational around who is expecting him to do well in indian wells and in miami.
my biggest concern is that he will be affected by the improved field and his own failure to improve even on clay this year. it is just going to take a bigger bite out of him. he failed to keep up and at least make the game little easier for himself.
i am just praying that he can win in rome and at roland garros. that is the extent of my expectations from him on clay this year.
as for next year, he has to come back much stronger and try to create a little distance between himself and the rest of the field. it will be no fun seeing rafa out of the top 5 if he doesnt do something. at the current rate, he could drop out of top 5 next year.