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Journalist, screenwriter, actress, and tennis enthusiast. "I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play." - Rafael Nadal

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Thanks! Agreed!

Rafa may be out, but he's not down

Yes, Pouille was absolutely fantastic, and I would agree Rafa got tight. But injury and lack of match practice go hand in hand with tightness and nerves. People talk about Rafa’s age a lot, but it’s easy to forget he’s actually less than a year older than Djokovic and Murray. He’s also said his body doesn’t feel any more worn out now than it did four years ago, as the recent injuries he’s suffered have been the result of sudden movements, rather than wear and tear. Not to mention the appendicitis of 2014, which was totally out of his control. Contrary to popular belief, I do not think his age is anywhere near as much of a factor as people make it out to be. The top players are getting older and older. The average age of the top ten is about 28. What Nadal needs is a clean bill of health for the next few years. Then we’ll see what he’s capable of.

Rafa may be out, but he's not down

I agree he won’t dominate again like he did, but who cares? Nadal doesn’t need to; he’s been there, done that. Nothing to prove. As you say, he can compete for the highest level, but he needs a clean bill of physical/mental health for a long stretch of time, which he regrettably hasn’t had for the last two seasons. If he can remain healthy and confident, there’s no reason 2017 couldn’t see him bring home another slam.

Rafa may be out, but he's not down

I like and respect Novak Djokovic. I attested to his huge talent and extraordinary achievements many times in both articles. I said it would be foolish to write him off because of one match, and that he would come back with more vice and venom. I have praised his perfect game and amazing defense over and over again. Therefore, I don’t understand why you think I dislike him. He’s a wonderful player and a great champion who has worked incredibly hard and deserves his success.

Djokovic is obviously your champion of choice, and that’s fine. But don’t accuse me of bias. If I wrote an article criticising Nadal, Federer, or Murray, you’d call it enlightened, not biased, simply because you’d agree with it. This is an opinion piece. That means it’s going to have an angle leaning one way or the other. And nobody is immune to critique, not even the world number one. Monte Carlo proves it.

Novak Cracks: World No.1 Crumbles In Monte Carlo

Whether Djokovic’s career ends now or in 10 years, he’ll still be one of the greatest ever, no? Two sides to every story, both worthy of exploration.

Could Novak Djokovic be the greatest of all time?