Nope, I didn't use the word "wonderful", Betty.
Originally Posted by Commander Data
Lot of things to be concerned about if you are a fan of his.
When I first started following his career, many people looked at previous Spanish tennis players to predict his career. People said that he was going to burn out quickly with only real success on clay and mugging it up on other surfaces and a modest win if he's lucky (amazingly, you can still see dumb arses say that and not all of them are trolling).
Myself, once he'd won RG once, I wanted him to defend that title at least once (to counter all those so-called tennis experts who called him a transitional champ with a short-lived career at the top). Trying to be realistic (= not reaching too high), I wanted him to win at least one other slam title other than on clay. I really wanted him to win Wimbledon but I feared that the USO was out of his reach.
Gradually, as he kept on proving many of us wrong; I adapted my wish list.
When he did get what I deemed impossible; that US Open title, the 2010 season gave me, as a fan, peace and quiet. He achieved all that I wanted for him and more, so everything else is a bonus. Of course, when he enters a tournament, I still want him to win but the word "concerned" is the wrong word to describe how I view Rafa in 2012.