Originally Posted by Matt01
No the mono crap is back again
Again, mono is the clear factor that snowballed his decline which started in a rapid way in 2008 given that the illness impeded his performances in a way that we could all see visually in a number of matches especially throughout the first half of 2008. However this was a fake decline almost as he was able to get to his more or less old level of stamina and consistency by the middle and latter stages of 2008 and went on to be quite successful in 2009 -- though helped somewhat maybe by some problems for Nadal.
His mono was an obvious sudden jarring bump in the road which had instantaneous ramifications, but his true decline for my money where you could look at him visually while playing without him suffering from any illness or whatever and say, nah he's *definitely* slower physically and/or *less fresh* mentally, was sort of US 2009 AO 2010 time, where especially his recovery time side to side seemed to be augmenting in a noticeable way.