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Hey. I think Rafa is in danger of his first week 1 loss at a major in 6 years. But I do think that there is hope, I see him having a scare or two early like at the French. But, if he can fight through it, he can and probably will play himself into form. If he gets to the Semis, I think he will be in form and a strong candidate to win it. I think Djokovic has his number at the moment, but I don't think it's a permanent thing. I feel hopeless for Roger when he plays Rafa. I dont feel that way about Rafa-Novak. Idk what up with his foot. I wouldn't expect them to broadcast the new if it is injured though. As for the indoor HC, I think its US Open prep. Indoor HC tend to be pretty fast and would be good prep for the fast HC in NY
I don't think he is. I might have had higher expectations than normal for him, but that's ok. Depending on the draw, he could get a little scare like FO, because HC is primed for upsets, but like you said, once he's through to the Semis, he will be in better than ever form :) Djokovic does have his number, but it's not permanent. It's all confidence. He has the game to beat Novak on HC....its a matter of his brain :) They wouldnt broadcast the news, but his foot looked like it was still an issue. Should be fine though. But the blisters looked huge and horrible! Btw, it seems like when the Francisco dude is with Rafa, he seems like he doesnt do well. I think Uncle Toni knows what to do though :) Glad he trained on indoor hard though. Great choice :)
Hey Im Not spamming- Just trying to lift Rafa's fans' hopes. Btw this is from what I posted on yahoo Answers, but I decided to post this on everyone's walls :)......Honestly, as a fellow Rafa fan, I have to wonder what Rafa's motivation really is right now. Before I get to that, though, Fish played an outstanding match today, and has been playing outstanding for the past month! Not taking anything, and i mean anything away from him. He could even beat Andy Murray tomorrow and Novak Djokovic if he capitalized on break point opportunities! The thing is, usually Rafa does not do well anyways at Cincy because of the fastness(though I know you know that :) I do wonder how much of a factor the tiredness, and the fingers had to do with today, but still wonder if Rafa has not had enough practice. Before Montreal, I mean. There's a video on youtube at a press conference in CIncy where Rafa states something along the lines of "and the foot after wimbledon." After Wimbledon. What no one knows is if the foot was still (in Montreal) and STILL is a problem. Newspapers over workede the issue obviously, but do you think that Rafa and Toni downplayed it? I mean,no matter what people think, whether you like Rafa or not, WE ALL know that he's not the type of person to state over and over he has an injury, blah blah blah, as to take away from his opponent. I already felt like the way Rafa was playing, he was gonna lose to Fish. Maybe not straight sets, but I felt it. And I congratulate Mardy. But Rafa clearly has confidence issues, and issues with closing out matches. Big Time. You know, Im not sure what Rafa's thinking right now. Is he mentally afraid that he will have to face Djokovic? No, I don't think so. Now to the beginning. What really is Rafa's motivation? It surely doesn't seem like he's motivated to face Novak now, or get back the number 1 ranking. But that doesn't mean he's a Borg. It doesn't. Rafa's not sucking, he lost to an in form player during his worst tournament, but I wonder what was up with last week. My belief- Besides the hurting, Rafa has not gotten enough practice. At all. Come on, confidence can't be the only thing that's making his forehand in particular break down. It simply can't! If the foot really was still a problem, then it would have been hard enough to practice. His serve is ok, but his movement is not, which is why the other players are getting way more winners. Rafa rightly stated that the match yesterday will help him. Not this tournament, but the next. Well, it so happens to be that the USO is next. IMO, Uncle Toni will know what to do. Rafa just needs to relax and have a winner's mentality. He's slacking, but something tells me he'll improve for the end of this season and into the next. Not a freak (in a good way) improvement like Novak, but a great one.
Actually, Rafa was mostly practicing in indoor hard courts this summer. Coincidence? YEC and Paris? Seems to me that his motivation for the rest of the year is of course to do well at the USO, but to win the YEC and Davis Cup.
One thing I don't like is how he downplays himself nowadays. You see other players having that motivation and confidence, but Rafa says something meant to be taken in the positive way, but turns out in reality to have a negative impact. He needs to just relax :)
BQ: Finals. I had the same expectations for Montreal, but I wasn't expecting him to lose in the 1st round. Cincy- I had QF. And since I knew he would have to play Fish, on a court where Fish excels. Fish. USO- It all depends on the draw. Of course I want Rafa to win :), but unless Roger is in Novak's half, then Novak will def. be in the finals. Mardy Fish is great, but I don't think he could beat one of the top in a 5 setter. Btw, don't worry:) I feel the same way too. It's sad, to me, that Rafa is at such a low level right now, but I will never stop supporting him no matter what. He's a great champion, and although he's in a slump right now, he'll be back. I mean it sincerely :) Djokovic may be number 1, but as Rafa once said,"I'm not number one but I am a very good number 2." Maybe not now he is, but he will be :)
Analysis- Rafa's doing great with his backhand in terms of moments with the DTL and CC, and his serve is OK, not at the USO 2010 level but ok. Movement- Uhhhhhh. Lacking a little. Forehand- Absolutely, positively atrocious. I have high standards, but his forehand has gone awol. Im not sure what's happening, but something's wrong. I just hope the guy relaxes for a little and tries to stay positive :)
All in all guys, I just wanted to say that although I saw this coming, and you guys probably did too, we will defintely support him all the way. Im excited for his book to come out next week, and I think there will be lots of talk about it at the USO(ugghhh with the commentators, but what can yo do :) I just want to know the real Rafa :) But even though Djokovic is the heavy favorite, especially now, Rafa just has to believe in himself and his abilities.They're there. But they're hiding at the moment. Soon everything will be ok :)