"The narrative goes like this. Clay court tennis means you must be more consistent. You must stay back and grind out points. And.... the rally length of 9+ shots is vastly elevated. If you believe some myths, you will even hear that long rallies of 9+ shots are the most dominant rally length on clay. Not true. By a long shot.

Let's all agree that Rafa enjoys playing slightly longer points than most. Let's state that as a fact.

What we also need to state as a fact is that the 0-4 rally length is always, by a country mile, the most dominant rally length he plays."

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