The aggressiveness costs him this match and will cost him some more matches he needs to reverse more to his skills of patience rather than pressing the fire button too early. He needs to be like Djokovic - perfect mix of patience and winner timing. On another note Monfils got a little lucky in so many points during the match - I can think of at least 4. Just remember when Rafa slipped. That was the turning point where it all went south. So I don't yet write him off. There is so much time until the second week of AO where he can start hitting his strides right. And I believe it.
Yeah that point when Rafa slipped. And some others.
And I agree, at least right now I am more optimistic about this year.
Hope he can stay away from injuries and the shoulder and the knees and everything else will be great for IW-Miami and the looooong clay-grass court spring-summer ending with the Olympics.
Edit: Rafa seems to share our sentiments, and seems in a positive mood which is good.
"I don't think the match was bad for me," Nadal said.
"The second set, I started doing well, doing what I have to do to win a match against him... I didn't play well at the end the match. I was a little bit unlucky in a few decisive movements. He did better than me and I congratulate him. He's playing really well."
And I mean Gael did play really well, even if he got the luck on his side a few times.