Originally Posted by stringertom
A log of speculation about nothing...let's see how he gets through the Golden Swing before we start contemplating any tactical scheduling moves he makes regarding the twin MS1000's in the US. If he flies through the clay in the Americas, he will have the "seeding motivation" to play both IW and Miami so he has a chance at the top 4 before RG. First things first...play some competitive matches on the friendliest surface to his ailing joint. After that, let's get it on if all is well!
Rafa seeing any RG draw as something to be tiptoed through with help from a better seed for himself (than had he not played/done well in say IW or Miami) is kind of hard for me to imagine. I suppose he always approaches RG convinced that if he is ready to go, then nobody's stopping him no matter Rafa's seed.