Re: Why Nadal is so mentally fragile against Davydenko?
I don't believe it's a case of being mentally fragile. He can beat Davydenko, on any surface, but he's got to know by now, trying to hit Davy off the court using all that topspin, simply WON'T work. Last year, he was hitting flatter and was more offensive minded, which is why he came relatively close in beating him. That's the way he should always approach a match with Davydenko, because it gives him a better chance. Why Nadal hasn't learned that yet, is beyond me. He should know better.
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