Rafa sent in one last blog entry to the heraldsun site.
I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye and thanks. I had a great time during my stay in Melbourne.
It is obvious I would have loved to be there today, writing this blog from my Melbourne hotel room waiting for the final.
But this year it was not meant to be. I really felt great during my stay in Australia.
The people there are simply amazing, it’s one of the nicest countries in the world.
Good on ya, mates! (Is that close to the correct usage?)
Starting with the tournament organisers, the player services people who never get mentioned at speeches on court, the tournament director, the crowds and also Ian, the driver assigned to me during tournament, a really nice person who was always there trying to help.
Well, I hope you can play Miami and get assigned a certain volunteer driver I happen to know. I promise she’ll do a great job and not molest you too much.
I am happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I felt I was playing really well. Against Andy Murray I probably played at highest level I’ve managed in the past 12 months.
He was better and deserved to win, but I felt I could have won either of the first two sets.
It was close – a few more balls in the court and it could have happened.
There was a couple of matches at Indian Wells last March where I also played at that high level, but not much more last year.
But I was sad in Melbourne because, unfortunately, I had to retire and everyone knows I hate to do that.
Haven’t done it much in my career, but I thought I could not go any further and the injury could get worse. On top of that, Andy was too good that day for me.
First retirement in a major. :(
So, I have written this post on the plane back to Spain. It’s a long trip and I had time to think and time to analyze everything. I am going to go and get checked by my doctor in Spain.
I imagine a lot of people are speculating about me, and my knee, creating doubts… it is normal, we know that. Sometimes there is simply too much speculation.
So, there! Let’s all try to be with colm.
Anyway, I am looking forward to coming back to Melbourne next year. Many thanks to all. Rafa.
And now, some questions:
Q: Rafa, Do you know anything about Australian rules football. Have you ever seen it played, and what do you think of it? Mark, Melbourne
Rafa: I do, actually I watched some the other day on TV. Lot of fun.
Another sport for Rafa to get worked up over!
Q: Rafa, I used to play tennis but I quit when I was 13 to follow dance instead. Can you dance or even move your body to beat of the music? Tisca Rajiv, Melbourne
Rafa: I am a good latin music dancer, but not much more.
That’s a very specific dance specialty.
Q: When the ball hits the net cord and bounces over the net for a winner, players always wave in apology. Do you really feel sorry or is it just a polite tradition? Genevieve
Rafa: Both things.
Q: Rafa, When you have French comments on your facebook page, do you zap them or does someone translate them to you? Denise, Quebec, Canada
Rafa: Sometimes I do, because I don’t really understand French. I already struggle with English most of the times.
We really need those universal translators they had on Star Trek. [/geek mode]
Q: Hi Rafa, I’m a huge fan of Richard Gasquet and yourself, and I thought the way you stuck up for him last year was great. I know you two used to play as juniors, so I was wondering who usually won those matches?
Rachel Low, Melbourne
Rafa: He beat me some times and he was definitely my biggest rival at that age. Great player and a nice guy too.
Always sticks by his friends.