Gone is his aggressive baseline game, the intimidation factor when he stepped on court, the speed and almost omnipresent court coverage that scare the bejesus out of his opponents. At least his groundstrokes still have that incredible heavy topspin whose revolutions per minute average 3,200 and the high bounce of his forehands still give him an advantage over his opponent. I noticed today that he had a lot of aces and his service game has changed a bit to where he is trying for service winners rather than a 1st serve consistency to gain advantage points. Who knows how his game will change again. I still love Rafa but I miss what used to be. The same thing happened when Patrick Rafter retired.
As lady__croft and I discussed today it seems that we may have to wait until today's young tennis players who are influenced by Rafa to grow up a little & turn professional before we see some exciting tennis again. Thus is the cycle of tennis. It thrills, mellow, thrills again as the players grow, compete & retire then starts all over again.
Also missing Feliciano Lopez on the court. Another player whose matches never see the light of day thanks to the crappy coverage of tennis in this country!