It will be but Federer over his career has a strong record of reaching at least the SF there; whilst Nadal has traditionally struggled to back up multi-slam seasons with another strong season (excluding his usual clay haul). I would suspect both players to lose points in the early stage of the season, even though I do cast doubt over Djokovic/Murray's ability to come out the blocks flying a la Fedal.
My point is that Nadal will still probably rout the clay season but Roger is defending 0 points there. If Roger is close to Nadal in the rankings come the start of clay season I strongly think he will play a couple of events, even if he won't win them, just to nab the No.1 for the last time!
Yeah it'll be really fascinating to see what happens at the AO.
If Nadal increases his lead at the AO, then its unlikely Federer will even play a clay tournament.
Whereas if Federer wins the AO again, then he may try for the #1 during clay season.
Nadal didn't do well at 2011 AO after winning 3 consecutive slams in 2010, but it was truly bad luck and not related to form.
The worst thing I've ever seen in tennis was when Nadal played Ferrer at 2011 Australian Open, Nadal tore hamstring in the first few minutes of the match and then dragged his leg for the whole match and couldn't run fast or change direction properly, and he was going for THE RAFA SLAM.
He's got horrible luck at the AO, so the AO is always the most suspenseful event of the year from a Nadal fan perspective.
Federer is not 31, troll, he's 36 so quit comparing him to dull.
For many years I've heard people all over the world note that Nadal's body was significantly older than his age, and I think they are right.
Plus its obvious that Nadal spends way more hours on court than Federer per year (apart from the years when Nadal is out with injury), so it'd be interesting to see how many hours each player has played in their careers.
And we know Nadal spends a lot more hours training than Federer.
So I see Nadal and Federer as the same age physically.