Q. We could see almost immediately that you were not very well. Were you actually worse today than you were yesterday?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, yesterday I won. I was a little bit worse today, but yesterday I play a few -- I won a little bit more free points than today. So after that, when Nikolay move me around after three balls, four balls, I wasn't there, no? So mentally I was hurting me that, probably.
I felt tired for the moments because nothing to -- no one chance to win the match. I know that after four games, five games. So I thought real bad, but, you know, is difficult for me to go off court. It's not nice for the crowd, not nice for the tournament, not nice for the opponent, too, no?
So just try to be there, try to be -- I don't know. Try my best with the conditions, and just congratulate Davydenko.
Interesting. it felt strange how nadal didn't even seem interested in celebrating or in capitalizing on kolya's little choke at the end of the second set.
He also said he wasn't well because he was sick and not because he only rested for 4 days.
Q. You said that you only had four days' rest between the seasons. Is that part of the reason why you're unwell now?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am not well because I was sick. I had a few days that I didn't feel really -- I felt bad, no? So I am not well now because after feeling sick, fever, you need a few days. The perfect thing is not compete every day, you know.
I competed three matches -- three sets against Lacko, difficult one. Yesterday not easy one against Gulbis. And today I wasn't there, no?
So is not because of the four days only of rest at end of the season. It is because I was sick. The four days -- you can be tired in the future, you can be tired mentally but not physically, because I practiced enough physically to be healthy, to be fit, no? You can have an injury but not -- I have to be fit because I worked a lot to be fit.