Rafael Nadal's 2015 season, we know, did not start in the best way. The Spaniard went wrong at the Australian Open, and his clay season was the worst for him, culminating in the defeat in the quarter-final of the French Open to Novak Djokovic.
His only victory in the stingy first-half of the season came in Buenos Aires, against Juan Monaco. It was however too little for a player, who has won Roland Garros for nine times. The Majorcan is now engaged in the tournament on grass in Stuttgart, where today he will play the semi-final against Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Nadal has the entire second half of the season to achieve other important goals, but the state of his current mental shape is unconvincing. The question we ask is: Can Nadal's 2015 season to be compared to Roger Federer 2013 season? 2013 was probably the worst year for Federer. The Swiss seemed on the edge of his decline, influenced by an endless series of back problems.
That year, Federer won only the tournament in Halle and he played bad at Wimbledon and in all other slams. All predicted the end of Federer's career, but the tennis legend, showed why he was considered the greatest tennis player of all time, by showing a new youth in 2014, under the guidance of Stefan Edberg, who improved the state of his mental shape and style of play.
In fact, in 2014 Federer was fantastic. He won five turnaments, including two Masters 1000 and reached the finals of six events, including the beautiful Wimbledon final against Djokovic.