3rd best player on clay just got murdered once the best player on clay raised his game after the first set.
if best player on clay focuses from the start tomorrow then the second best player on clay is going to get a real beating.
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
Gaudio played just as well as anyone has ever played before on a clay court in the 1st set and still only won in 7-5. This speaks volumes for Nadal's ability and there is no shame in Gaudio loosing the last two sets 6-1. It also shows that no one can sustain the level needed to beat Nadal on clay. However, at least this match gave others the blueprint of the style that will cause Nadal difficultites on clay.