Is Nadal Losing Competitive Edge?
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Not like anybody's counting or anything, but Rafael Nadal hasn't won an individual title in 11 tournaments.
Okay, I guess I'm counting.
Rafa's last triumph was at Roland Garros last June. Since then, his main rivals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, have each collected a fistful of winner's checks. And for a while there even Andy Murray was in danger of developing tendinitis in his shoulders from hoisting crystal.
Nadal doesn't seem overly perturbed by his plight; in fact, he probably would find the use of the word "plight" excessive. He's become downright philosophical about his career and status, but that isn't usually a good sign. At times, he's sounded like he's 25 going on 50. An attractive and somewhat unusual combination of sentimental and realistic, Nadal made these remarks after he lost to his former arch-rival Federer, 6-3, 6-4, at Indian Wells a few days ago: