I think the men's game is so deep...the top spot will be up for grabs from this point forward. Rafa, Novak, Fed, Tsonga...even Murray will all have a shot...
The 80's/90's of tennis at the top are a returnin'
how does the landscape change so rapidly. both Nadal and Fed have been very dominant top 2 for the last 3-4 years. no one has come close until Djokovic started making great strides last year.
so now we have 3 at the top isolated significantly from the rest of the field. Mardy`s run is an abberation here.
we know Nadal cannot play on hard courts and you can only win on gut and heart for so long and so many times. he beat Tsonga and Blake but both had him on a string like a hapless rat. he said today he is worn out from those 2 matches. and that is after a day off. he makes his points on the clay circuit but he has been able to get enough wins to stay at the top.
Fish did beat Hewitt which was a good win but clearly something is wrong with Fed. the guy has lost close to 15 pounds. This is not the kind of a match that Fed usually loses. so on the basis of just one deep run by a player ranked #98, you are saying that it is getting crowded at the top.
both Fed and Nadal are headed south. how much and how fast is not clear. they could turn things around and restore the order. what is also clear is that there is still great deal of distance between these 3 and the rest of the field. they are still far more consistent than their rivals.
i think Nadal`s fall is going to be more steep by the way. looks like he is losing on all fronts. he said he is worn out from his matches against Blake and Tsonga. this shows how much fitness he has lost. he had all kinds of problems on the court today but the most visible one to me was the movement. he is not moving as well as he was a year ago. usually his speed and movement allows him to compensate for other defficiencies to some extent.