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Not many players have achieved what Rafael Nadal has. Fifteen years back Nadal himself wouldn’t have thought that one day he will be in the race of being The Greatest of All Time (GOAT).
But ‘nothing gold can stay’. Nadal’s performance this year is a poignant reminder of the passing of time. The 14 time Grand Slam champion did not win a single Grand Slam this year for the first time in 10 years. The King of Clay was dethroned by his nemesis Novak Djokovic at the French Open. The Spaniard went out in straight sets, a very unlikely result compared to his dominance on the surface for past 10 years.
Nadal did not reach the semi-finals of any Grand Slams either, tumbling at quarter finals stage in Australian Open and the French, and incurring shocking 2nd round and 3rd round exits at Wimbledon and U.S. Open respectively.
He also has a 52-17 win loss record this season, securing a winning percentage of just 75.36%. Yes, this might seem like a good performance but according to this great champion’s standards, this is a huge drop from his 82.84 career win percentage.
In Grand Slams, the fall is even more drastic. From 87.2% career win percentage to 73.3% this year.
The most astonishing fact however is his performance against top 10 players. A career 133-68 record tells a very different story from a 4-8 record this year.
All these facts urge us towards one conclusion, that Nadal’s time at the top has ended. That his chances of winning another Grand Slam are a bit iffy. But it just feels wrong when looked at Nadal’s never die spirit.
The Spaniard is known for his attitude; for his endurance; for his mental ability. The Spaniard is known for his comebacks.
Even in the worst season of his career, he managed to grab 4 titles- 3 singles and 1 doubles- reflecting that he can still come back. Rafael Nadal is currently the World Number 5.
As a matter of fact, Nadal’s recent performances have significantly improved. He made it to the finals of the China Open. In Shanghai Open, he defeated Stan Wawrinka en route to the semi-finals.
There are three more tournaments on Nadal’s calendar before the season ends; The Swiss indoors, the Paris masters and the ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal defends only 90 points as he reached the quarter-finals at the Swiss indoors last year and did not play the others. If he can manage to perform well in these three tournaments, a strong finish to the year will boost his confidence.
And confidence is all Rafa needs at this point in his career. Nadal is one of the hardest working players on tour, so a good work out in off-season after a strong finish to 2015 can set him up for Grand Slams next year. With such a remarkable record at Grand Slams, I think it is naive to count him out.
As it is said great champions are never out of any match. I believe Nadal will turn the tide and win at least one more Grand Slam.
Dont forget, Nadal is the youngest player in Open era to complete a career Grand Slam.