Tired Rafa still forced a tiebreaker and really looked the better player in the 2nd Set, so he's ready to beat Djokovic at the AO.
The devotion to doubles and overall tournament scheduling cost Rafa today.
Nadal was sadly too fatiqued and tired to make this a valuable contest.
Of course some idiots will always want to believe it's more than that, but they're speaking from a too emotionally-involved POV.
He hit no penetrative forehands anymore after missing most in the first set. No opening up his shoulders, and of course no running-around-the-backhand. He slow balled throughout and even when presented with take-on shots, he didn't take them. His biggest rip came from the BH at BP down 2nd set 5-5.
Of course, a 70% Nadal still made it close and could have won, would he not be so mentally infringed against Djokovic.
He could have won the set 6-3, 7-5, 7-6. But he remained passive on 1st(return) and 4th BP at 2-3, didn't take the obvious open court cross at 5-5 0-15 after a magic recovery, or the FH DTL in the TB at 0-1. A shot he'd normally make with ease.
This mental infringement and passiveness allowed Djokovic to think he was being clutch, when he pointed to his temple in the tiebreak.
Djokovic again upped his game to perfection in the first set for Nadal.
Serbs came off looking pretty lame, again.
They're no better than Federer fans.
Nadal the sportsman, actually waved his finger after some of the crowd applauded a Djokovic first serve miss late in the second.
I am very pleased this ended in two, because Rafa found some fire after the 1st set and was threatening a lot, which culminated with those BPs. All in all after a one way traffic in the first, we have seen an epic battle in the 2nd, the way they saved some of hose BPs....another level.