Because there are two masters and a Davis Cup Final Still to play. Besides he hasnt been in Top Gear the whole season so he would want to recuperate and work on his game than mindlessly playing just catch up the rankings. That is the last thing which you want to do ,i.e, to play Tournaments just to get some points for the heck of it. That would be a Panic Decision. Something that Federer did ; playing in Bastad and Germany after his Wimbeldon Loss. What did he ultimately achieve? Nothing.
Also, Being Fit and COnfident for the New Season and Grand Slams is more important than catching Up Nadal at this point. Afterall, Rankings is just a Parameter of How you feel about your Game. If he is fit and Confident; catching up Nadal is just a matter of time.
Also Remember that Nadal is not a Good Front Runner at all. I wont put my money at all on Nadal of repeating the 2013 Season. He is always good when he has to play catch Up. He did that with Federer and now with Djokovic. Now with him being Number 1 he has the pressure of defending all those points.
Djokovic is in a Good Position right now.
I quite agree with you about everything.
About the Nadal frontrunner thing, because I can see in his body language that there is something pananoid inside him and because of the past.
About the 3 weeks in a row (Bercy O2 Davis Cup) which is enough and no need to add a fourth.
Not a Federer fan but I think you are wrong about his summer. I think he had to cope with a new racket and a small lack of confidence. He was not tired with his unusual early exits so it was not a Panic reaction like playing in Stockholm last year.
2 things I want to add.
#1 spot race is not a 100m race like. Nadal was fresh last year with his 7 months suspension but it will be harder in 2014.
Nole is building a new game with more net game, working with Fibak, playing some double.
Probably he should have done it sooner (when working with Martin a couple of years ago) BUT training hard and competing isn't a good moove.
Last but not least, I am really proud of Nole getting mature in this schedule.
I remember a couple of years ago, Nadal and Nole competing like nuts in all clay tournaments (Beograd Barcelona, and all 3 MS) and finally giving The French title to RF.