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What was this all about?

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RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I remember him, yeah. Yeah, I remember him, obviously. He is an important player. He's a charismatic player. You know, I was a kid. Each match has its own history. I think the favorite here is Federer. We'll see what happens.


I was just going through the interviews and noticed Nadal add the bolded line to the answer and I am wondering what the purpose was there? The timing just does not seem right. It seems as if he is trying to deflect the pressure on him. Would appreciate any thoughtful contributions on this.
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Re: What was this all about?

He always does that...my thinking is that the more Roger/Rafa say that the other guy will win, the more confident they are in their own abilities.
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He always does that...my thinking is that the more Roger/Rafa say that the other guy will win, the more confident they are in their own abilities.

It seems very unnecessary though. Even in the next response to questions. He was saying we will see what happens in the final. Something like that, as if he is thinking too far ahead. That's a recipe for failure unless he is that confident. Whichever, it's funny to see.
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It seems very unnecessary though. Even in the next response to questions. He was saying we will see what happens in the final. Something like that, as if he is thinking too far ahead. That's a recipe for failure unless he is that confident. Whichever, it's funny to see.
Rafa says the favourite to win the tournament, not the final against him. How does make him thinking too far ahead?

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Rafa says the favourite to win the tournament, not the final against him. How does make him thinking too far ahead?
Read the question before just making comments. He was asked a different question about Rios or so, that had nothing to do with who is the favorite or not. Instead, he said at the end but Roger is the favorite as though that was what he was thinking about during the question. Then, he goes on in the next response to say we will see in the final, which is a statement conveying someone who is looking far ahead. You twist it whatever way you want. The statement is very obvious.
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Re: What was this all about?

Could you provide the link to the whole interview please?

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Could you provide the link to the whole interview please?

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http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/ne...242308647.html

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Ha ha ha - Nadal is becoming too predictable in his interviews... He is the favourite, everyone knows that.
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Re: What was this all about?

You're right, the answer to the Rios question is simply weird. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what he was on about and whether something got lost in translation. When I first read the transcript I thought a question was missing.

Rafa also seems to have forgotten his "one match at a time" mantra. Looks like he got a little carried away, especially with Blake still in the draw (I've noticed many people have high hopes for Blake all of a sudden ).

BTW, is Rafa's forum closed?

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Ha ha ha - Nadal is becoming too predictable in his interviews... He is the favourite, everyone knows that.
Of course, he is the favorite but it just brings to the question where his mind was when he was being interviewed? Also, is he really concentrating on the next match ahead of him or is he actually thinking the only threat to his retaining the title is Fed?
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You're right, the answer to the Rios question is simply weird. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what he was on about and whether something got lost in translation. When I first read the transcript I thought a question was missing.

Rafa also seems to have forgotten his "one match at a time" mantra. Looks like he got a little carried away, especially with Blake still in the draw (I've noticed many people have high hopes for Blake all of a sudden ).

BTW, is Rafa's forum closed?

I dont think he has forgotten his one match at a time mantra. A long while ago, I stated that sometimes we believe players too quickly when they make statements. His response in this scenario clealy shows he is human. It is human nature to think ahead especially when you are the overwhelming favorite but when he says he also takes it one match at a time, there is a tendency to think also that he is not looking far ahead. The human brain can function in multiple ways and I think this again shows that. I just found the response very interesting and exposing at the same time.
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You're right, the answer to the Rios question is simply weird. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what he was on about and whether something got lost in translation. When I first read the transcript I thought a question was missing.
Yeah- I agree too. It is odd.. I wondered the translation was a little off because, yeah- it just seems like there is something off there. If the translation’s not off- it must be a Freudian slip and Roger is indeed foremost on Rafa’s mind.

It also seems like there may have been a blip in the translation when he is talking about the PHM match- which will be on his birthday. It was quite out of character for him to then project going to the final, just really quite different than his normal mo.

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Well, I decided to check the version of the interview in French and lo and behold, it was two diferent questons, one about Rios and then one about Federer. I guess the transcript in english has a mistake and that caused the confusion. Here it is:

Q. C'est une question spécifique. Je viens du Chili. Nous avons un joueur qui s'est retiré, qui est Rios, penses-tu qu'il est logique que des gens se retirent ?

R. Chacun a ses choix, sa vie. Chacun est différent. Chacun fait ce qu'il peut ou ce qu'il veut. Soit il ne pouvait pas continuer, soit il n'avait pas envie de continuer. Je le respecte. C'est un choix personnel.

Q. L'avais-tu vu ?

R. Je me souviens de l'avoir vu. C'est un joueur qui a été important dans l'histoire du tennis, un joueur charismatique. J'étais encore petit.

Q. Comment vois-tu les choses pour Federer, c'est un favori aussi, n'est-ce pas ?

R. Oui, on verra cela.
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Well, I decided to check the version of the interview in French and lo and behold, it was two diferent questons, one about Rios and then one about Federer. I guess the transcript in english has a mistake and that caused the confusion. Here it is:

Q. C'est une question spécifique. Je viens du Chili. Nous avons un joueur qui s'est retiré, qui est Rios, penses-tu qu'il est logique que des gens se retirent ?

R. Chacun a ses choix, sa vie. Chacun est différent. Chacun fait ce qu'il peut ou ce qu'il veut. Soit il ne pouvait pas continuer, soit il n'avait pas envie de continuer. Je le respecte. C'est un choix personnel.

Q. L'avais-tu vu ?

R. Je me souviens de l'avoir vu. C'est un joueur qui a été important dans l'histoire du tennis, un joueur charismatique. J'étais encore petit.

Q. Comment vois-tu les choses pour Federer, c'est un favori aussi, n'est-ce pas ?

R. Oui, on verra cela.
Thanks for the clarification. That makes a lot more sense.

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It is a fair thing to do much of the time but sometimes it does get wearing. Rafa knows 100% that he is favourite and he knows nothing he can say will change that. What's the point of saying this?

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