The best player during 2012 comes back to the tour after taking a full 7 months respite to be in the proper condition to play, and wins 3 straight tournaments in the Americas, including his first hard court title since 2010. Almost all in the ATP world would agree this achievement is nothing short of heroic and an unbelievable result, no?
Just after winning his record 22nd Masters 1000 title, in the video below Rafa pays proper respect to the people who helped him the most along the way:
1. Mr. Lawrence Ellison who did everything he could to help Rafa feel at home away from his native soil (0:00),
2. Rafa's staff, who did everything but come on the court to give him the best advice and treatments (0:18),
3. Rafa's true fans who have never deserted him through every controversy (0:41 to end),
4. Humble Rafa in a rare acknowledgement of himself with a wave of the number 1 index finger (0:34)
And finally, it's only fair to pay tribute to the players who played their part along the way:Millionaire playboy Ernie Gulbis congratulates RafaYe olde King Roger Federer gets an encouraging check on his back from RafaTomas Berdych expresses himself after his 12th consecutive loss to RafaAndy Murray in agony losing to Juan Martin del Potro
Novak Djokovic was perplexed, but showed his top class again in a losing effortAnd finally, Juan Martin del Potro, the Tower of Tandil; the fiery yet gentle giant, who gave everything left in his tank in defeat to Rafa
Congratulations to Rafael Nadal and his fans!:worthy: Condolences to the others.