No, I've not dropped off the face of the universe. It's just that (a) I really don't like this leg of the Tour; (b) the time difference means that I can never watch it live; and (c) I can never work the time difference out anyway!!
Is there anything more to say about this man? Bear in mind he missed Australia, one of the 500s he won in South American never counted cos he was given a points penalty, the joy of the Indian Wells victory was offset against the withdrawal from Miami and the clay season is something he can never gain points on because of his own superlative talent. And when Wimbledon came and we thought, way hey! points to be gained here ... Disaster!! But his hardcourt season has been both amazing and a joy and days into month 8 of his return after spending 7 months away ... he's back where he belongs.
You are an utter marvel, Rafa. None of us could have expected this, none of us even dared to dream it, yet look at you now.
He always has been and always will be our Number 1. But congratulations Rafa. No-one is more deserving.
And when the Prince of Darkness walks out last to enter the court in tomorrow's final, enjoy the walk, Djokovic cos Rafa is better than YOU!!