I agree with you, and would dare to add that even that scoreline wasn't as 'muggy' as some make it out to be. Of course I was shocked to see it happening but thinking back, after Raf had been on court for nearly four gruelling hours the day before and as such obviously being very tired (though I'm sure you'll consider this to be an archetypical 'rafatard'-excuse
), it is at least understandable
that it happened the way it did against a player who's obviously a bad match-up for him on HC.
In general, I agree. As for the highlighted part - well, yes and no. He obviously was tired, but even if both Youzhny and Nadal are 100 % on hardcourt, Youzhny wins. Youzhny's problem is that he is very streaky, but when he is on, he is one of the best players on hardcourt. The part that bugs me about the "Nadal was tired" excuse is the implication most fans (not you!) put into it - namely that he would have won, had he been 100 %. The truth is, against Youzhny playing the way he did, Nadal still would have gotten comprehensively beaten. However, he certainly would not have won only 26 % of the points played. So yes, tiredness was a factor, but I believe its importance is greatly overstated by many Nadal fans. The scoreline would have been more competeitive, but the outcome would most likely have been the same anyway.