Originally Posted by Taejin
It's all relative. After Nadal won RG, who would've thought his year is done? As for the 2011 level, he doesn't really need to win 40+ in a row to prove anything to anyone. Next year he'll most like target RG again more than anything else.
Didn't he do that this year?
Maybe it's not all in his control?
The fact is that some Djokovic fans (notably many of whom have disappeared) made it seem like the only way Novak could be beaten was if he didn't want to play or wasn't interested. That is plainly not true this year, even if in 2011 a lot of his later losses had elements of fatigue being an issue. Nadal and Federer fans probably went through the same thing - thinking their favourite was unbeatable and would win forever. The reality is that the run ends sometime and success like 2011 is pretty much impossible to repeat. No one's saying he has to prove anything to anyone but clearly a lot of his fans expected a lot more of this year than one Aus Open title - a recalibration of expectations is good.
Nadal and Fed fans are in a different positions - their favourites have won what they want to win pretty much and now anything more seems like the cherry on top. Novak still has goals - mainly RG and an Olympic gold. Think the chances of getting that gold nosedived after this year - RG still looks good but will depend on Nadal - I don't think that Novak controls that match on clay if Nadal is anyone near the level he was this year. Novak can still beat him but it'll be a close, tight affair with it not in Novak's hands to lose as it were...