phew...that was long!!! ok here we go:
how did you start off in the tennis world?
FL: I started when I was 5. We were living in Melilla (for those that don't know, Melilla is a Spanish province in the north of Africa) and I started because my father loved sport, and more specifically, tennis. Thanks to him I hit my first shots
How do you feel physically and emotionally for the coming RG?
FL: I feel very good. Now after winning 2 tough matches this week. I feel better than the last 2 weeks. The more tough matches I play in the time that's left, the more it'll help me. All the matches I get now, the better.
Can Ferrero get back his previous form? The form with which he used to amaze everyone?
FL: Yes, he's a great champion and he's proving that. I don't think he'll get to be #1 in the world because Federer's there. But he will get back into the top 10. It's not easy. Now he's much better and soon he could be back in the top 10.
Why did you change your doubles partner?
FL: I haven't changed. After the Davis Cup, the idea came up to try Rafa and I together and it's going very well. At the moment we're playing together but that doesn't mean I'm not going to play with Verdasco again.
How did the idea of having an official site come up?
FL: It came up between my representative and the people who help me. It's very interesting.
Do you think your serve could be improved even more? I think you're one of the best Spanish servers.
FL: You can always improve a little. I have a powerful serve and it's difficult to improve, but not much.
Are you scared the curse of injuries will launch itself on you like what happened to Juanca and now to Tommy?
FL: No, I think I'm well prepared to cope with the rhythm of competition. I'm not someone who gets injured easily. My muscles are quite resistent. I've been very lucky so far and I hope it continues like that.
You're considered one of the Spaniards with the most 'physical pull'. How do you manage that? Do men care as much about themselves as tennis players do before they go out on court? There is an real expectation with some players that they show off their model tendencies.
FL: Us guys are more normal. We don't care so much about it. With women it's more normal
How do you get on with Rafa (now that you play with him in doubles)? Where do you think he gets his temperament from?
FL: Rafa and I are very good friends. I respect his attitude, he's someone who was a born champion and at a young age he stood out from the rest of the people his age. Rafa is a sports phenomenon
What's your opinion of Gaston Gaudio? What do you think will happen?
FL: I've already beaten him a few times but on clay he's the favourite. This week I've won 2 tough matches and I have a lot of confidence. Gaudio doesn't give anything away for free.
Who has been your idol?
FL: My idol was Stephan Edberg, he was the one I looked up to when I was younger.
How is that, being from Toledo, you're such a great tennis player? The good ones normally come from Barcelona, Mallorca, Levante...
FL: I was born in Toledo but I've spent a lot of time in Madrid and Barcelona. I developed tennis-wise in Madrid and Barcelona.
Tell me, what are you most passionate about in this sport?
FL: What I like the most is that I've been able to achieve something I dreamed about when I was younger, something that I love. What I love the most is to win and what I like least is to lose and to be away from home so much.
Do you think Federer has reached his peak or can he still surprise us?
FL: I think he can improve. He has almost perfect tennis, but he can improve it.
What are your hopes for this year? Do you hope to get to the top 10?
FL: I would love to get to the top 10. My goal for the end of the year is to be in the top 15. At the moment, my goal is to be in the top 15.
What is Feliciano Lopez missing for him to be in the top 10-15?
FL: Mainly consistency. The year is tough and it's difficult to maintain a rhythm, trying to play the maximum number of weeks at my best level.
What's your day to day routine at a tournament? What do you do from match to match?
FL: I don't do anything special. When I play a match, I eat breakfast, I warm up, I have a shower, I speak with my coach about the match and my game. When the match is over, I have a shower, I recover and I go back to the hotel to rest. On my rest days I do a similar thing.
After reaching the quarters in Miami and final of the Godó, will you keep playing doubles with Rafa?
FL: I'm thinking of playing quite a few more tournaments but it depends on the singles. In Grand Slams I don't think we'll play because we have to stay fresh physically. I think we'll play in Hamburg in a few weeks. We'll see how things go.
Was it tough against Albert Montañés? Did you think you were going to lose at some point?
FL: It was pretty tough actually. After I won the first set, he started to play much better and he won the second set. In the last set everything ended up defining itself. I didn't see the match as being completely lost but when a match is so tough, you're always on the edge of losing because sometimes matches are decided by a few points.
How come you haven't been able to exploit your game like for example how Rafa Nadal has?
FL: Every person has their own distinct game. Rafa is very strong mentally and that helps him. Other players mature later or who just don't have such a good game or variety. In my case, consistency and finding my level is lacking. Rafa plays well every week at the highest level.
Isn't it very difficult to stay concentrated with all the public attention?
FL: No, on the contrary. When you're playing on large, full courts, it's more motivating and it helps you to be more concentrated.
After Roland Garros, which tournaments will you play?
FL: I'm playing a grass court tournament leading up to Wimbledon and then Wimbledon. After that I'm playing in Switzerland and at the moment, I don't know anymore than that.
Haven't you ever thought about taking advantage of publicity contracts making the most of your physical potential like what a lot of other sportspeople do?
FL: Yes, I do publicity things every so often. I try to focus more on my career to get further up in the rankings and once you're up there, it's easier to get things.
This morning they showed a report on Canal+ about you, and your coach was on there saying that the aspect that is most lacking in your tennis is the mental aspect. Do you agree with that?
FL: It's what I was saying and the mind is always what makes you play at your peak and best level.
Why do you prefer to play on grass?
FL: Because my kind of game adapts best to grass. Wimbledon is the most prestigious tournament in the world. If a Spaniards wins it, it would be much more important.
When you're at a tournament, how do you manage the food side of things? Because, even though pasta is pasta everywhere, the seasoning is different...
FL: We try to eat pasta before matches. At tournaments, what they do is put white pasta and you put whatever you want on it. I don't follow any sort of diet.
Lots of sportsmen have hired a sports psychologist to improve their mental aspect. Have you ever thought of working with one?
FL: No, at the moment I'm not thinking about doing it. If the occasion arises, I'll do it.
Ferrero, Nadal, Robredo...on the court you're rivals, but off the court are you all good friends?
FL: Yes, there are always some you get on better with than others. There's a very good rapport between us. I get on the best with Verdasco and Nadal. Amongst the older players I get on well with Corretja and Costa. Pretty much with everyone.
And is there time for your family?
FL: Not much. During the year I hardly see them. In some tournaments they come to see me. If they didn't do that, I'd hardly ever see them.
How do you cope with being famous...does it bother you when people recognise you in the street and stuff?
FL: It doesn't really bother me either way. Depending on some moments when you like to go unnoticed like when you go out for dinner, go for a drink with friends...it's not something that bothers me entirely.
Do you like other sports? Football? Which team?
FL: I love almost all sports. In football I support Madrid. This year, I'd like Madrid to do better. It goes in cycles, in the last 2 years they haven't won anything and soon they'll start winning again. They're always there.
FL: Greetings to everyone and thanks for your questions. See you next time in the chat.