I’m not gonna make a long post because I’m still pretty pissed off with this loss and frankly there isn’t much to say. It was just a proper trashing really. Roger opened with a good hold of serve and from there on he disappeared off the map. He didn’t even look like he was trying very hard. I remember him saying in one of his interviews that he likes playing Nadal. That was a pretty ironic statement given the beating he took yesterday. It didn’t look like he enjoyed it much as all. He made no impression on the Nadal serve and struggled on his own service games. There was just no way for him into the match. And again I can’t look past the fact that this was a slow hard court. This is now the third proper beat down Roger have suffered on slow hard court in the last six months, in Shanghai against Murray, in Dubai against Djokovic, and now against Nadal.
If there is any positive to take from this then it is that fact. The fact that Roger just doesn’t do well on slow hard court these days. It’s not really a positive but at least we know there is a reason for these type of losses. You just need to look at Roger’s record indoors last year to realize that he is still capable of beating Djokovic and Nadal in faster conditions. But most conditions on tour is slow these days. As Roger gets older he needs faster conditions to really compete at the top and I am afraid that is not gonna happen. The conditions is much more suitable to the base line defensive games of Nadal and Djokovic. Therefor it is also not surprising that there has now opened up a gap between the top two players in the world and Roger. He is now clearly not in the first tier anymore which includes Nadal and Djokovic.
This loss made that fact abundantly clear. It was a really telling loss. It’s a loss which makes it hard for me to believe that Roger will ever beat Nadal again and be able to compete for slams. But maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to make up my mind. It will definitely be hard to beat Djokovic and Nadal at slams, but if Roger gets the right draw and it is at Wimbledon or the US Open he may still have his last chance. He could have one more terrific run in him left like Sampras did at the US Open before he retired. I just don’t see how he can beat Nadal and Djokovic from here on and it will ruin his legacy to a certain extent if he keeps losing to them. I don’t see how a coach or a change of tactics can make any difference either. I’m afraid Roger is not the best anymore and hasn’t been for a while now. He will have to play second fiddle to Nadal and Djokovic from here on.