I hate writing up a tournament when Rafa has lost. It's even worse when he's had to retire injured. How he got as far as he did becomes insignificant. (If you are desperate to remind yourself you can check our Results section.) Suffice to say that he was forced to retire from his quarter final.
As Alex Corretja put it,
"Rafa nos da TANTO, que cuando se lesiona él parece que nos lesionamos todos!" ("Rafa gives us SO MUCH that, when he gets injured, it seems as if we are all injured!")
An MRA scan revealed that the injury was a Grade 1 injury to his iliopsoas (inner hip muscles) near his right leg. The good news is that he should be able to return to the practice courts in a couple of weeks. He currently intends to play Acapulco starting on February 26th.
To keep us going until then, here are a few choice pictures. (And I have to add, on a very shallow note, that I, personally, was thrilled to see him back playing in a sleeveless shirt.)
Get better soon, Rafa