Originally Posted by RidAH
Rafa's been burning the candle from both ends. Already resulting in inability to win outside clay anymore, but wouldn't be surprised if 2013 was his last RG as well. He couldn't recover for Wimby FFS! That's how far he went this year. And still it took horrible misses by Djoker in the fifth to get it.
Depends on how Rafa will approach the tour in the future, but I'd say 0-1 more RG and that's it.
As much as i like Rafa, this post seems to get it right.
Rafa's decline is principally caused by his constant refusal to hit backhands, which forces him to cover an enormous amount of court.
It's is a pity because his backhand can make him win a lot of easy points; his slice very often forces the error.
He needs a trainer who will teach him how to take full advantage of his backhand instead of turning it constantly.
That or he won't be around much longer.