And what's wrong with playing 500 tourneys. Why shouldn't Nadal play Barcelona or Fed play Basel/Rotterdam/Dubai if he wants. Doesn't Novak play Dubai? As far as I can see, it's not exactly beneficial to play these 500 tourneys (other than the huge appearance fees these players get for playing Dubai - even then, Fed spends a lot of time there). They play 5 matches and don't earn many points. And what about Nole cleaning up in Toronto with everyone injured/withdrawing left and right?
Fed was exhausted. Pretty good stretch - SF at French, Finals at Halle, won at Wimbly, Finals at Olympics. Emotional toll from the Del Potro match took too much out of him. I'm sure he's VERY HAPPY with his summer so far even with the Olympic Finals loss - that weeks at #1 record is sweet.
It's nice to say all that but Novak didn't take away number 1 ranking away from Nadal because of winning an ATP 500.
Fed is always exhausted when he loses. If he's so good he wouldn't have needed to play 58 games to win a best of 3 on grass against Del Potro for which grass is his worst surface.
The only stats that count are those that make Djokovic look better, I guess.
They're the most relevant to the point I was making
You cannot deflect your embarrassment on others. Rotterdam was just as good as Toronto for 500 points less.
I see. Top 4 statistics was only important until you realized Federers was better. I repeat, because you have probably forgot - your memory is not up to these kinds of discussions. Unless you fail on purpose to make Federer look good. Wouldn't surprise me, but I can tell you this - it is not necessary.
Top 4 statistics are important, which is why I'm telling you that Novak is 2-1 against Federer this year. Novak has 3 more losses against the top 4 because of Nadal beating him on clay. However, on the way to those defeats, Novak straight-setted Federer twice, which is more relevant.