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Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

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According to spanish press, next year, Rafa will not play Marseille and Dubai anymore, and will return to the south-american clay turnaments: Vina del Mar, Costa de Sauipe, Buenos Aires and Acapulco. This decision is due to avoid injuries (he's playing with special isoles right now).

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

I wonder if he's pencilling in any post-Wimbledon clay tounrnaments for this year too...
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

Wise decision Rafa, should avoid playing off clay as often as he can
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

he just wants to win more tournaments
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

I think it's a smart thing to do - when you're low on confidence you go back to the surface you're best on and help to rebuild it.
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

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he just wants to win more tournaments
No, he's dealing with a left foot injury that seems to be more serious that he would like to let us know IMO.

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

I think he's thinking about securing his 2nd ranking just in case his form doesn't pick up for the HC season and indoor season after Wimbledon.
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

Good decision for him.He needs to stick to clay as long as he can
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

It's almost a year until this become relevant news. Plenty of time to change his mind. Surely if he is seriously worried about injury, he'd be adjusting his schedule now rather than pencilling in changes for the distant future.
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

Yaaaay.
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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

Umm...

Rafa has been making a number of questionable decisions for his career lately.

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

I think it would be a good idea as it would help build his confidence and get his 'aura' back on the one surface which hasn't deserted him yet. I also see him playing Bastaad and Gstaad this year if he loses early at Wimby.

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

Dunno about this...

I mean when he switched from these clay tournies to Marsielle/Dubai I thought it was a step in the right direction, and that it showed his dedication to improving on faster surfaces....

Although, from his recent results, you can see why this switch back is a good idea. He doesn't look so confident out there, so this is a good opportunity to rebuild.

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

C'mon Rafa...flatten your forehand out, move up on the return, and hit those serves like you did at Wimbly this year. You will be beating arses like Youzhny in no time.

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Re: Rafa returns to South-America in 2008

It's very clear: he finally realised that moonballing doesn't work against decent players outside clay. Simple.
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