Re: Will Nadal ever return to world number 1 again?
Quite a few 'ifs' but certainly not impossible.
First of all, we'll have to wait and see in what condition Rafa will return to the scene. After a six-month letoff, I find it hard to believe he'll be in form to defend (let alone surpass) his 2012 AO points. But who knows, he's surprised us before, and at least he's now finally taking his time to properly heal, which imho is a very sensible decision. Hopefully he'll start managing his schedule a little better from now on as well.
Secondly, he will have to defend most of his clay season points. With so far still no real other contender in sight who can bother Rafa in good form on clay (sorry, but didn't 2012 already tell Djoko's 2011 run was a one-off? I think so...), I still hold him as the main candidate for most of the clay titles, including RG.
Well should he be able to manage the above, and of course, STAY HEALTHY, then there are *tons of points* for him up for grabs post RG, whereas the other top players will have quite a lot to defend.
Of course, nothing set-in-stone, perhaps even unlikely, but I'd never count out a multiple GS champion, even if he might well be in a sort-of decline. But let's first await the upcoming AO, that should be indicative of his chances.
Last edited by Sunset of Age; 11-05-2012 at 07:37 PM.