I saw this interview snippet and translation posted by cc0509 in another thread (thanks !), I hope this wasn't discussed on any other thread here. I found Rafa's candour refreshing as he admits that he wasn't as seriously injured in the last 7 years as it is made out to be and that he couldn't have remained in the top 2 for so long had he suffered serious injuries (which is the truth). It is actually people like Delpotro and Tsonga who have lost almost over a year because of their injuries and yet if there were a random poll to be conducted here on who is the most injured player in the ATP, Rafa would win it hands down So why do the Rafa fans believe their idol is forever injured and find an excuse for every single loss of his ? Why don't they realize that injuries and pains are part of tennis and every single player plays with some minor injury or the other most of the time , just that they don't speak about it all the time like Rafa does ? Why don't they have as much honesty as the guy himself to admit that if he was all that injured, he couldn't have stayed at the top for so long ? Here is the link to the interview in Spanish: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/depor...lpepidep_1/Tes Q. "Aquí no regalan nada / todo tiene un alto precio / peldaño que vas subiendo / peldaño que hay que pagar" "There are no gifts given here / everything has a high price / every step you climb / has to be paid for" the words say. What mental toll have you paid for your losses to Nole? RN. One loses a bit of intensity over the years. The intensity in your belief in yourself, in your concentration, in being positive, in believing things are going to go well.. these are all in the mind. You gradually lose a bit of this over the years. You get burnt out by competition. I've spent seven years practically without being out of the top two in the world. It's the same as when they say I have a lot of injuries. I don't get injured much. I've had problems many times, but those that have been injured a great deal are Del Potro, Tsonga.. With seven years without dropping from the top two in the world and with the way tennis functions, it's impossible for me to have been much injured. It's always the same. They talk for the sake of talking. Many people write giving their impression, not quoting the statistics. I've had difficult moments, problems, but not really serious injuries... and it appears I get injured a lot.