I'm not going to dwell on this one. After beating Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 6-2 in his first match, Rafa lost in the third round to Fernando Verdasco, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6. Still, considering the ankle injury scare in one of his first practices, I am happy that he managed to play at all.
Rafa is still trying to regain the confidence that was sapped during all the issues of 2014. Here is part of his press conference -
"Is sport, is game. That's not that much important. But I don't know. I didn't think about. Is something that I need to fix for myself and with my team. I need the help of my team, too.
"But especially I need the help of myself. That's what I am trying to do. Nobody gonna change the situation for you. You have to know that you have a problem and you have to know that you have to improve that. You have to change that. I gonna keep working on it.
"Hopefully the clay helps. Is obvious that if I am able to win my matches on clay, to feel my game confident there, then the doubts are less."
So that's it for hard courts until August. We're about to go into my favourite time of year - the clay season.
Rafa is already at home getting himself in gear.
That certainly makes me excited for the next few weeks.
Enjoy the clay, Rafa