Wow, good to see I'm clouded, at the same time, don't you notice that when the pressure is off him it's then that he reverts to defense, starts to get pushed around, and that's when the flat hitters can take his time away, otherwise, when he's aggressive, he's the one who takes away the flathitters' time.
Well you are making out that Nadal is an all out aggressive player and it's not the case. Neither is he someone who just moonballs for the sake of it. In other words it depends on the situation, his defensive skills are outstanding and are always going to overshadow his other excellent qualities.
Yes, when David Ferrer schooled him at the US Open the pressure was off him and he kept getting pushed back further and further behind. Davydenko doesn't exactly have many problems with Nadal's speed of shot on hardcourts. If Nadal was so aggressive and never retreated from the baseline when he was getting beaten up by the mentioned players, then what was he doing in defensive positions.
No. Also last season after he won the AO (mostly with aggressive game), he felt comfy and by the clay season he was back 1000 miles behind the baseline which cost him a lot.
It's a recurring pattern in Nadal's game (either in a match, season whatever) that when he thinks the pressure is off him he starts to play too defensively.
Is it? Nadal on clay he is so far ahead of the field and paseo summed it up. The surface where he needs to be the most aggressive is the one he struggles on the most and it's obvious as to why certain players can beat him on hardcourts.
He was so aggressive at the London Masters Cup.