It boggles the mind that if Rafa had stayed healthy in 2009, he may have never lost a match at Roland Garros.
But Rotterdam was important to him... I heard he probably got close to 1 million extra for that appearance and the tournament also got their 2nd biggest attendance that year with 107,000. Unfortunately, his knee bore the brunt of that appearance, and he never really recovered until close to a year later.
Here was the news of the day after Nadal fell to Murray in the Rotterdam final:
World number one Rafael Nadal suffered another knee injury worry as he slipped to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 defeat to Britain's Andy Murray in the Rotterdam Open Sunday. The fourth-ranked Scot, who won his second title of 2009, admitted that the knee injury which struck the Spaniard in the second set - and which Nadal refused to discuss - took the sparkle off the final. The Spaniard suffered the problem from the second set and took a treatment break after the third game. From that point on, and through seven straight breaks of serve, the six-time Grand Slam title winner claimed just two points on his serve in the set.
"I'm happy with the week but not especially with the way that it ended," said Murray, who also won in Doha in January against Nadal.
"I can't be disappointed with how I was playing. I knew something was wrong with Rafa as he took about 30kph off of his serve in the second set.