2015 will be remembered as the year of the rise of the machine -- Novak Djokovic, and also the descend of King of Clay Rafael Nadal, whose repeated defeats diminished the aura of invincibility around him. In a Slamless season, the 14-time Grand Slam champion failed to go beyond the quarter-finals at any of the Majors, not to mention a lacklustre European clay-court season.
In a few words, Nadal being beaten has become a banality lately. Yet ironically, Nadal's slump still remains one of the oft-discussed topics, with theories and assumptions being regurgitated time and again. That uninterrupted focus is likely to continue to the forthcoming season as well.
The world seems more curious about the prospects of the Spaniard's comeback than Djokovic's dominance. All eyes will be on Nadal, which of course isn’t a good thing from a player's perspective, for it will put undue pressure on him.
You might want to recall how miffed he was when he had to face a barrage of questions -- often cliched -- regarding his decline of form at the US Open this year, that prompted him to blurt out: "Seems like I am No. 200 in every press conference. I am not so bad."