Originally Posted by Trace
I hope so.... *thinks* I hope the Hardcourt season is good for Juan Carlos.
Huhhh. Tommy lost to Rafa as well. Darn.
Does anyone else think Rafa will run out of gas next year, like JC did last year?
Erm... I don't call what happened to JC "running out of gas" ... but that's not important.
I think Rafa is heading towards an injury. He needs to take a week off. He's playing practically every week and getting to the finals of every tournament he plays. If I were Rafa I'd rest a little, practice on hard courts a little to prepare for the summer hard court Masters events and not be entering every tiny clay court even in Europe. They're only raising his Optional event column very small amounts, and it's not worth it. Next year he is going to have about a billion points to defend, week in week out and THAT is going to be the toughest part for Rafa no matter how fit he is or whether or not he "runs out of gas". His lefty topspin will no longer be new. Eventually people will start to get used to it, and that's why 2006 will be tougher for him, I think.