Re: Why has Nole's level dropped so much from last year?
I think the only HUGE difference is confidence. Those losses at the end of the season last year may have shaken his confidence slightly, and the only thing that kept his level to incredibly high and consistent was confidence. I don't think his actually skill level has dropped at all. Frustration has been a usual in his matches. All players get frustrated, some just show it more than others. I think he has just come to the realization that he is vulnerable. That realization coupled with some rather unrealistic expectations for another perfect season cause that frustration.
I don't think he has necessarily dropped in playing level. I think he just realizes that one can only be immortal for so long. With that realization, a tiny bit of confidence disappears, enough to prevent him from pulling 100% of tough situations out of his ass.
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