Rafael Nadal has had something of a
setback this season.
He has had plenty of disappointment,
losing in seven finals and giving up his Wimbledon and US Open titles. He has suffered
mentally, being unable to find an answer to Novak Djokovic's amazing game - losing
to him in all six battles. And he was especially disturbed by defeats in Madrid
and Roma on his favourite surface, clay. This is a new situation for him.
Going straight to the Davis Cup after
the US Open - with the change of surface - then flying to play on the Asian
tour has now seen him pay a high price: no titles from two