There is usually no successful game plan most anyone who plays Rafa in form can adopt because of his anticipation combined with his retrieving skills. These are what gets him through those moments in matches when his opponent seems to be seeing and striking the ball extremely well--Rafa consistently makes them hit one more ball. When Rafa seems to be playing his least aggressive tennis, he is at his mot dangerous in my opinion. You may say, "But Rafa can hit laser-like forehands," and I will agree, but anyone can win when he is stroking the felt off of the ball. However, Rafa wins when his opponent is doing so, and it is his defense that defines him in my opinion.