Whenever he loses a match he says the same things nothing new. We've heard those words a thousand times. So what?
And about Rafa not writing himself off what are you expecting, him - one of the most popular tennis players with multi-millions Ł contracts - to come to a PC and say "I am done. I am finished and thinking about retirement". Of course he will insist he is "working hard" and "fighting hard" but I prefer believing my eyes than my ears.
__________________ When I'm good, I'm very good...but when I'm bad, I'm better
This is not the best conditions for him to play in plus he has been sick. He could have withdrawn from the Tournament due to illness, but he won't do that. So yes he is still fighting as far as I'm concerned.
“I have a, shall we say, morbid personality.”
― Novala Takemoto, Missin' (Novel)