Since CD, the master of doublespeak and double standards here, on MTF, asked for a next question
in the Fed. vs Nad in slams in the future thread, here it is, another hot topic of the day (imho, of course):
Now we know officially that Rafa is offline for almost 6 weeks in a row. His followers (and also a big bunch of rational posters) always argued that, usually, his results from Canada 'till the end of the season are most of the times sub-par, judging by Rafa's standards, due to fatigue and surfaces. Fatigue was, though, mentioned as the main issue. And usually (except 2009) was mentioned on a rational basis.
2009 season begged to differ in this regard, having in the front row of debate the injury argument. Now, in 2012, we don't know how serious he is/was injured, but missing the Olympics is a very bad sign in this regard. Anyway, 6 weeks should provide enough rest and, possibly, enough medical care.
Taking into account all of the above, how do you think Rafa's remainder of 2012 will unfold? Sub-par north American HC season or something else (do you think a 2nd USOpen victory is possible)? A remarkable indoor season at the end of the year or the usual stuff? Will he win his first TMC?
What are your hopes (as a fan/non-fan) and your reasonable thoughts (as a reasonable MTF poster) regarding Rafa's last 5 months of 2012?