Originally Posted by Mountaindewslave
biggest troll on this site, who really knows what players this guy supports? annoying as shitttt.
He likes Roddick.
As for the OP...I don't think there is any doubt that Nadal will fight for hours on the practice court and do what he has always done to make his game better. But I just don't think it will be enough.
Nadal started off with a base game that relied on defense, and that is his natural mentality. Like Mac up there said, that is what he reverts to when the going gets tough. Now despite that, Nadal has worked his entire professional career at improving his offensive game, and it has indeed gotten better.
While Djokovic started with more of a natural offensive baseliner/counterpuncher hybrid game. Nole has improved his game in every way as well, but all it took for him to go from very good to unstoppable was his gluten-free diet. Now he is impenetrable from the baseline, and can hit Nadal off the court as well. So basically, the balance of game that Nadal has worked for his entire career was met by a player who suddenly just decided to go gluten-free and instantly transformed.
Nadal has already exhausted the nutrition route and has maxed himself out there IMO. There is only so much you can do there, and even the more extreme methods eventually will exhaust your hormone levels(which is where I believe Nadal is). While Nole has just begun on this journey, and probably still has a lot of room to improve if he continues on this road. Nadal really holds no hope of matching Nole there from here on out physically.
That leaves Nadal's only option...improving the offense. To be a great offensive baseliner the likes of which can boss gluten-free Djokovic around, you NEED an immense amount of natural talent in this arena. Nadal just doesn't have that. All the hard work in the world has yielded the current result with Nadal, and it just isn't nearly enough. I've never seen the level of improvement it would require for Nadal to do this in his offensive game(mid-career at that), so I have serious doubts there as well.