Rafa on clay is basically the toughest challenge in tennis. Nole is 0-5 at Roland Garros vs Rafa. To think he wouldn't want to win as quickly as possible seems far-fetched imo. He was behind in 2012 until the weather shifted and he started to come back then too. Indeed he is regularly a slow-starter.
But I agree with another post you made earlier.
The USO and Wimbledon presumably, because Djokovic is such a pushover. Dear God, I despair!
There are no asterisks in winning slams. You either win or you don't. You don't get better prize money or ranking points based on the perceived worth of your opponent. There are no ifs, buts or maybes about the conditions. Andy has beaten Djokovic in high winds. He's beaten him in extreme heat with no air. Both times Andy won, the first time in five sets, where he made Djokovic work for every point, the second in straight sets, where he made Djokovic work for every point and tried to make him have a nervous breakdown as well. I have a feeling he won that battle as well as the trophy. ....
Indeed, this "perceived worth of opponents" applies to finalists, semifinalists, and so on, for all of the players' slam wins to be fair. A player can only play who is in front of him or her. If Djokovic got Tsonga in his first slam final it's because Tsonga took out Rafa and Nole took out Fed in the semis, much like Berd took out Fed last year here and Andy beat Novak in the final. NO slam wins are easy. Even though we know Rafa kind of "won" the FO this year when he beat Nole in the semis, he still had to beat Ferrer in the finals and in sport you never know (although in this case... ha ha). Sometimes a player gets an easier match in the later stages; some draws maybe do play out more easily than others, but that doesn't mean the ultimate prize didn't take effort, focus, concentration, expertise etc. Ideally, excuses shouldn't be made for any players who win slams. The current "top 4" (thinking of the traditional "big 4") players are all pretty legendary in their own ways and have all earned each of their wins.