Clay Death, you've always seemed to slap Rafa on one cheek then kiss him on the other. For years now you've predicted the end for Rafa. As usual you bark about his training schedule. It seems to work for him. I think we're past the point of discussing whether or not his knees will take him out. They will or they won't. He probably won't be able to come back from a long break (although, who knows, we're talking about Rafa), so there's really no discussion left. Stay tuned for knee news -- until they're gone, he'll play tennis.
He isn't just Clay Death anymore. He's proved himself quite capable on hard courts and he worked his butt off to do it. Considering that clay was his home, and he had to make considerable effort on hard court to catch up with the hc guys, he's done an amazing job. He's still the Bull of Barcelona in my mind, the boy doesn't have any "give up" in him. He's still getting better. Happy, happy, happy.