So in Rafa's presser unsurprisingly he was asked a lot of questions about Murray (as there are so many British journalists!). Interesting response:
Q. Did you stay up late last night watching the match the other match?
RAFAEL NADAL: I watched the second set, beginning of the third I went for dinner, and I came back after the 4-1 in the fourth and I watched the rest of the match.
Q. What did you think of it?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think the second set was fantastic. Was really impressive level from both of them. First set I didnít see, but the fourth seems like Andy was very tired. He wasnít ready to play the fourth, and Nole was much more fresh.
The fifth seems like Andy was very tired, too, because Novak have the control of the situation. But in the 5-3, Andy break with Love-40, so after he had fantastic chance. With a 5-4, 15-40, he little bit of mistake with the forehand in the return on the deuce on the 15-40; 30-40 was an amazing point. Djokovic finished with unbelievable forehand down the line.
Another point for Andy, big mistake to the net for him with his backhand. He didnít miss not one backhand during all the match, and he missed in that moment. It was a tough moment for him.
After when that happens, playing for four hours forty-five, itís normal you will be in trouble in the next game; Novak plays well and match was done.
It was an emotional match, and I enjoyed watching on TV.
Q. Andy said last night that he thought he had closed the gap on the top three. Do you feel there has been a little to choose between yourself, Roger, Novak, and Andy now?
RAFAEL NADAL: He never was very far. Thatís the true. Heís playing well. He always played fantastic. Heís unlucky not to win a Grand Slam yet.
Yesterday he lost another very good opportunity, in my opinion. Because winning two sets to one, winning the third set, probably losing a lot chances, and then winning with 7-6 ó to win a tournament like this and to play against player like Djokovic, you cannot start the fourth set like this.
Itís the moment to play with more intensity than ever, not start with 3-Love down and two breaks in five minutes. That way you lose the match. You want to win the tournament, you cannot start ó you can lose ó the other can beat you, but you cannot lose in the beginning.
But heís playing well. Heís playing fantastic. He deserve to win a Grand Slam. He was unlucky at the end, but the only negative thing for me in his match is the beginning of the fourth.
When the other have more doubts, is in really trouble, you make for the opponent easier than what should be, no? Thatís my feeling.
For the rest, he can be No. 1 at the end of the season. I donít have any doubt on that. The level is there. When you are able to play how many, five Grand Slams in a row playing semifinals or final, itís only a mental thing.
The rest of the things are there. He started the season another time playing very well winning a tournament, playing semifinals here, and few points away to win against No. 1 player of the world.
Heís ready for everything.
Interesting for him to come out and say it's a mental thing but he's right. Murray could have won that match yesterday but just faltered at crucial moments again. His attitude in the 4th set really let him down. Even if we was tired and wanted to be fresh for the 5th he should have made sure he at least made Djokovic serve it out and got to serve first himself in the 5th - that's a huge advantage and he knows that... I also find it impressive how Nadal can remember the points so well - I find it impressive enough when players do it with their own matches but to do it with someone else's too - quite a memory these guys have.
The rest of the pre-final presser is pretty good - http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...725301760.html
- Rafa seems relaxed and again unsurprisingly says he'll fight all the way - doesn't know if it'll be enough. Thinks the one day less rest is perhaps unfair but not crazy unfair like the US Open where you have no rest at all and dismisses the idea that the balls are too heavy making it difficult to make winners by joking that it doesn't look like Novak's having trouble making winners!