Hewitt never got it back when he was back up to #2 or #3 right before Nadal took over #2?
Hewitt was very good in '04 but missing something that he had in '00-'02. And i can tell you the exact match where Hewitt lost it - in the '02 USO semi against Agassi. Lleyton has never been quite the same player since that day.
of course i'm not saying Nadal is headed straight down the shitter. It's pretty obvious that he's going to be one of the best players for a few years to come. I'm just saying, during the first half of '06, including Wimby all the way to the final, Nadal was INVINCIBLE. He even had Feds back on his heels. And now, he looks - merely human. The way he folded mentally against Youzhniy at the USO blew my mind.