heads of clay wrote:
Nadal is known as the King of Clay.
If near peak form, no one is beating Nadal on clay.
Djokovic has often beaten Nadal on clay, including at the French Open. He is the world no.2 because he is overall a better player than Nadal. Today he has no chance. Nadal plays the most physical game of any player in the history of the game and is stronger and faster than ever at 34. He has lost nothing in 15 years. Impossible.
It is not impossible at 34, cleanly.
I am not saying Nadal is clean—but who cares? You think Djokovic is clean?
That's what makes Nadal's feat even less credible. Djokovic is also likely to be on something. His stamina is off the wall. So when he is being killed it is just too obvious.
At 34 Nadal has also been playing the game at the same level of physicality for over 17 years. His game is unbelievably brutal. Yet he never ever tires. Before him tennis was never played like that - and for so long.
Graphite racquets and the introduction of heavy top spin changed the game, tennis has become a more athletic sport. New athletes are More competitive and hungry, the game is played at a higher level now.
Nadal longevity is likely due to his mindset, he gives it all every point, and he just really loves the sport.You also have to realize these top athletes are rich and some spend over a million on physical therapy.
Depends what you call "physical therapy". But I bet he spends a million.