This early in the season, and on the basis of 1 game, determining that Nadal is on very good form is like determining that the moon is bigger than Jupiter because that's what i looks like with the naked eye.
I'm going to say it's a combination of three factors:
1. injury - probably even ones we don't know about.
2. rhythm - playing most tournaments and feeling confident (or lack thereof)
3. mental fitness - Nadal isn't 100% mentally tuned and his opponents are picking up on this
and taking full advantage.
Saw Rafa's 1st round match in Doha today and he looked very impressive. Admittedly, he was only playing Bolelli but there is certainly a lot more juice on his now deeper groundstrokes now and he's retained the amount of topspin that he used to hit with earlier in his career. He was even hitting down-the-line winners! Can you imagine that??! Nadal hitting down the line winners! Loving his new racket and kit as well.
I absolutely agree. He was impressive, and not only was he playing great tennis, he was taking the initiative against Bolelli, who, at least when i've seen him, goes balls to the wall on everything that even smells like a winner.
If he plays like this for the rest of the year, he can have Roland Garros. Considering that he objects quite strongly to hardcourt, if he can keep this form up, then Vamos Rafa!
he's lost a lot of bulk as well. Should be interesting to see his new tactics against the top 5
What's happening?! No more Toni Nadal apparently. Rafa is currently being coached by someone called Francesco Roig...?
It's his hitting partner. Toni should show up just before the Oz Open.
Oh right. It said "coach" next to his name. Are you watching his match right now?
Prediction. Nadal to dominate 2010 and return to number one. The guy has had injuries to contend with and to write him off is premature. When fully fit he is the best player in the world - period.
I think Nadal can definitely find a way to beat the top guys again. He reached the top by adapting and improving his game, so there's no doubt in my mine that he can do it to get there again.