Well, it looks like the Acapulco favorite capitulated to the Clay King who played too well, no?
Rafael Nadal certainly needed this win to build confidence. But will it be enough confidence to return to hard courts against the best at Indian Wells or Miami? Well, hard courts are mostly irrelevant for this thread.
Monte-Carlo for Nadal's #39 on clay? No doubt he'll be the people's favorite.
But Nadal will admit that Novak Djokovic is the true favorite; he's #1 in the world and playing fantastic, no?
No, Djokovic is not playing fantastic. Murray was awfully close to a 2 sets to love lead in the AO final. That alone proves Djokovic is his normal shaky self. And Dubai didn't require anything special. Nadal is on a 3 match winning streak over Djokovic. The biggest factor in favor of Nadal vs everyone right now, is that Nadal is angry and hungry after missing 7 months. Hard to believe any of the top 4 would be more motivated than Nadal.