No, man. The rule, or the rulebook, determines whether he break the rules or not. Add I'm sorry, I know you love Nadal very much, but according to the rules of tennis as we have them right now, Nadal is a cheater. No matter what Federer or his rabid tards say, it doesn't change the fact that Nadal and his camp don't care about rules as long as they get the win. And by that, he and his camp are disrespecting the game and its fans.
I'm gonna stop calling him a cheater if you, or any Nadal defender here, can give me something else to call a person that break the rules in order to succeed.
Man, I've had it with these so called 'tennis fans' who loves a player more than the game itself.
First, all the players after a long rally usually exceed the time so then all are cheaters. Grinders/baseliners usually take more time for obvious reasons, this is true, but any player takes only 20 seconds in each and every one of his serves. If the rule was rigid would had a chronometer on court like in basketball which would sound automatically. But the spirit of the rule is that the player not delayed the serve for unjustified reasons, not prevent it totally although delay is justified.
Second, tennis rules say that a player can not hit the ball out of specified bounds. If they do and the umpire watch it they must lose the point. A player who hit the ball out of the bounds is a cheater too? Is against the basic tennis rules so according your reasoning they are. A soccer player who kicks to another player is a cheater too? Is his fault if the Umpire does not interpret correctly a rule sometimes?
Third, time start to count when a player is in the line ready to serve. Nadal is very quick staying ready in the line, other players use the trick to delay to be in position to serve when they need it.