It's never too late to wipe the slate clean and reinvent oneself—certainly, this must be what Toni Nadal is telling his nephew, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
His last three months couldn't have been any worse—four losses in five meetings against his closest rival, Novak Djokovic and two titles from six finals.
This is not the form of a champion.
Speaking after his latest loss to Djokovic in Rome, Nadal said:
“I have been doing everything that I can so I cannot ask myself more. I am trying and I am doing very well, but one player is doing better than me. The champion in my opinion is not only be able to win every week; it is when they are able to wait at the right moments and I am waiting at every week, trying to find solutions, and we will see what is going on next time…I wish him [Djokovic] all the best and I have to wait my moment to win another time.”
Being the big-game competitor that he is, we know he is plotting his next assault. We know he can't wait to win. Winning is his lifeblood.
With his confidence tattered, his effectiveness being questioned and his position at the top of the rankings in jeopardy—what can Nadal do to rescue the situation?
What would constitute a good 2011?