The greatest on clay, Spain’s absolute best
has finally reemerged to resume his quest.
While injury forced him to be seven months away,
the king has returned on his precious red clay.
I know it’s been agony as surely it would
waiting and healing, doing what little he could.
Nadal is strong and amazingly agile
but his Achilles heal is that the knees are fragile.
He’s very physical, that’s just his style.
To win a single point he might run a mile.
Now gradually he’s testing the injured left knee
cautiously probing how effective he’ll be.
If recent results are true and telling
he’ll soon have fans again awed and yelling.
He’s played three tournaments while winning two
leaving frustrated foes asking, “what’s a guy to do?”
I for one am happy to see
that Rafa seems not to be favoring the knee.
He’s been gliding and sliding making mincemeat of all
while applying that wicked lefty spin to the ball.
He’s pushing and prepping to be fit for the French
where seven times now he’s not yielded an inch.
If all goes well, Djoker, Fed and Murray
will again have cause to wonder and worry,
“Can this guy still beat us, is he still good enough?”
“Can he actually still be nearly that tough?”
Yes indeed, I think that he can.
Remember he’s a soldier, on clay he’s the man.
And after the French we’ll all know a bit more
about whether the top three will again become four.
All are excited about the added intrigue
that Rafa brings when back in the league.
Let’s hope to witness a healthy Nadal
on all surfaces again just crushing the ball.
There are still slams waiting for your relentless attack,