Nadal is more conservative than Margaret Thatcher.
"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."-Pat Rafter silencing the Nadull fanboys
I say never count him out too but to put it simply Rafa is just not that dominant on hard courts, especially over the likes of Fed, Djoker and Murray. Heck he hasn't even reached a HC final, and only reached the semis last year where in 2007 he had a 4th round loss at USO. I can see why he is not the favourite and hasn't been mentioned by many. If it was Roland Garros you would be crazy not to predict him to win. (Hence, why I have been called crazy.)
"If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy, I could have won."
That will be the last victory of Rafa for quite some time.. With his joke mentality and pathetic game, I hope the disgusting player loses every single match next season. He's disgraceful. He should just retire. He's a joke.
the thing is, Rafa is a very strong player but HC is not his strongest surface and there are a lot of others that can beat him on it, unlike clay where only God (or JesusFed in full mode ) can DREAM of beating him
I wouldn't count him out like: OMG he's gonna lose in the first round, but I don't think he'll reach the final if muzza keeps playing like he's been doing lately
Rafael "The Matador of Spin" Nadal
Roger “The Magician of Precision” Federer
Del Potro, Ferrer, Haas, Zeballos