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~Here comes the GRASS season : Halle~

Iza
06-04-2005, 04:52 PM
Rafa plays Halle next and here's the draw

FEDERER, Roger (SUI/1) v SODERLING, Robin (SWE)
YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) v MAYER, Florian (GER)
LLODRA, Michael (FRA) v Qualifer
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER) v JOHANSSON, Joachim (SWE/6)

NADAL, Rafael (ESP/3) v WASKE, Alexander (GER/WC)
Qualifier v FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP/WC)
MELZER, Jürgen (AUT) v MARTIN, Alberto (ESP)
NOVAK, Jiri (CZE) v HAAS, Tommy (GER/7)

NALBANDIAN, David (ARG/5) v SCHÜTTLER, Rainer (GER)
ROCHUS, Christophe (BEL) v Qualifer
KIEFER, Nicolas (GER) v Qualifer
VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP) v CANAS, Guillermo (ARG/4)

LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP/8) v CARLSEN, Kenneth (DEN)
SAULNIER, Cyril (FRA) v ROCHUS, Olivier (BEL)
PAVEL, Andrei (ROM) v SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)
POPP, Alexander (GER/WC) v SAFIN, Marat (RUS/2)


I wonder if he'll still play here tho....cos he's in Sunday's final and comes after 2 weeks of competitive tennis....and no practice on grass....
Vamos Rafa anyways!!!

Agassi Fan
06-04-2005, 05:58 PM
Good luck in Halle!!!

Eruwen
06-04-2005, 06:58 PM
I wonder if he'll still play here tho....cos he's in Sunday's final and comes after 2 weeks of competitive tennis....and no practice on grass....
Vamos Rafa anyways!!! Honestly... I hope he won't! I don't want him to miss Rosmalen :sad: Selfish maybe, but so far my fav player, or one of my fav players, withdrew from tournaments that I was going to! I was hoping that wouldn't happen this time :lol:

martirogi
06-04-2005, 08:54 PM
rafa vs feli final :yeah:

adelaide
06-04-2005, 09:34 PM
STOP PUTTING RAFA UP AGAINST JCF ALREADY. grumble. complain. whine.

anyway. good luck Rafa! :D

Roanna
06-05-2005, 12:28 AM
i haven't seen Rafa on grass many times yet.... but i think he'll be great in Halle....good luck)

~EMiLiTA~
06-05-2005, 12:18 PM
kinda tough draw...would prefer he lost early actually...cos i don't want him to burn out

Eruwen
06-05-2005, 12:28 PM
Me neither! And he's playing doubles too!! :eek:

~EMiLiTA~
06-05-2005, 12:38 PM
he's WHAT?? i didn't even look at the doubles draw...Rafa!!!! :retard: why do this to yourself? is he playing with Feli??

bah! *goes to look at doubles draw*

Eruwen
06-05-2005, 12:44 PM
Yes, he's playing with Feli... I'm still hoping he'll withdraw from Halle though! :scared: Can't be healthy what he's doing!

Jennay
06-05-2005, 07:19 PM
Buena suerte :yeah: It was such a pleasure to see him on clay, would love to on grass. :)

roisin
06-05-2005, 07:24 PM
STOP PUTTING RAFA UP AGAINST JCF ALREADY. grumble. complain. whine.
*feels the same* :ras:

he's really intent on playing everything this year isn't he?!

Iza
06-05-2005, 08:43 PM
Rafa playing doubles with Feli :eek: ?! Errrr Rafa hun isn't that a bit too much :scratch: :unsure: ?

tousledbaby
06-05-2005, 09:49 PM
I think doubles are too much, too. But a reporter said, that his trainer thinks also, that he should only concentrate on singles, but Rafa is so motivated and loves to playing doubles.

eddie_hyden
06-06-2005, 03:16 PM
i'm worry bout rafa burning out too.

how many pre-wimbledon warm-up tournament will there be??

rafa may just want to ensure he has enough practise going wimbledon, the one he dreams of winning someday...

...with wimbledon just ard the corner...

but on the bright side, grass can't be more physically demanding than clay, right??

Neely
06-06-2005, 05:31 PM
The OOP for Tuesday is not yet out but they said on TV that Nadal is going to get a Wednesday start for his first round, so at least he has as much time as possible between RG and Halle.

eddie_hyden
06-07-2005, 05:49 AM
wonder what color he'll wear in the grass season, and then wimbledon.

what did he wear during last year wimbledon? heard that the dress code there is more strict.

~EMiLiTA~
06-07-2005, 06:28 AM
he didn't play Wimbledon last year

and anyway, all the players have to wear white, so that's what he'll be wearing

eddie_hyden
06-07-2005, 06:31 AM
he didn't play Wimbledon last year

and anyway, all the players have to wear white, so that's what he'll be wearing

thanks..i'm used to see colourful rafa, white should be sth new to me, lol..

Iza
06-07-2005, 12:44 PM
thanks..i'm used to see colourful rafa, white should be sth new to me, lol..


as carlita said: no more naranja, manzana but ANGELITO :angel:

nenadeSergio
06-07-2005, 01:41 PM
Rafa all in white....also such a lovely imagination!!!!!! :inlove:

~EMiLiTA~
06-07-2005, 03:41 PM
yeah...with his colouring he really suits white too

martirogi
06-07-2005, 06:16 PM
but will they let him wear pirates? thats the most important question, cuz if they make him stop :sad:

ataptc
06-07-2005, 06:24 PM
I think the reason why he's playing both singles and doubles and every week on grass is because he knows he's not that good on it and may not go far in the tournaments and wants as much practice as possible for Wimbly? Anyway Vamos Rafa!

tousledbaby
06-07-2005, 08:17 PM
His match will be tommorow at 2pm and I'm gonna watch it. Yeah, I'm glad, that they will broadcast the match live, yeahhhhh!

Björki
06-07-2005, 08:19 PM
Rafa plays Wed at 2 pm they said on TV.
and later doubles too.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/500/op.pdf

tousledbaby
06-07-2005, 09:06 PM
and here is the interview...

Interview with Rafael Nadal

Dienstag, 07.06.2005


Press-Conference with Rafael Nadal (ESP)

? It's a very big challenge to switch from clay to grass in about three days. How do you deal with it?

! Yes, it's a big change. I only have one day for that. Some things are really different, for example on clay I often play topspin, on grass this is a little bit more difficult. To change all this in only one day is not easy. But this is an important tournament for me, and I will try to play my best tennis tomorrow. I know it'll be difficult.

? You like playing on grass?

! Yes, I love playing on grass. I was playing on grass for two years: In Wimbledon I lost the junior-semi-final and the next year in third round with the professionals. I like it a lot, I know it's not my best surface, but it makes fun playing on it.

? Have you already thought about a semi-final with Roger Federer here?

! No, I've not thought about this. I only think about the match tomorrow. Every match is very difficult, on grass, on clay, on hard-court, and I know that. To play against Federer I need three matches, and this is very difficult.

? Are you mentally and physically tired after the French Open?

! I really don't know, but it could be. But I'm happy having won in Paris and I have enough confidence to play well here. This is an important tournament for me.

? How does it feel to fight head-to-head against Roger Federer for the ATP number one?

! It's unbelievable for me. I just played my best tennis, I won all the matches on clay, so I could tie with Roger. He's one of the best players in history, but I know that the state of number one is really possible for me now.

? Is playing well on grass really important for you?

! On grass there is one of the best tournaments in the world: Wimbledon. Also the two weeks before are important, because there is only one month in the year playing grass, and this month means a lot of points. Besides, I'm a young player, 19 years old, I want to improve on every surface. For me grass is a good surface, it's not my best, but I want to improve. That's why I also play doubles here in Halle.

? How was your welcome here in Halle?

! Great, really. Everybody is very friendly, the tournament is well organized. I actually planned already to come last year, but I had some problems with my knee. It's good to be finally here now.

Lenka
06-07-2005, 10:28 PM
Good luck in Halle Rafa!!! :)

tashanv
06-07-2005, 11:53 PM
Yes Good Luck Rafael I Hope You Kick As Much Ass On Grass As You Do On Clay!!And Neely Why Does Your Avatar Say Thanks For The Boos On Nicolas Kiefers Picture?I Mean I Love Nicolas!But It Is Very Funny!But I Dont Get It!

eddie_hyden
06-08-2005, 02:01 AM
I think the reason why he's playing both singles and doubles and every week on grass is because he knows he's not that good on it and may not go far in the tournaments and wants as much practice as possible for Wimbly? Anyway Vamos Rafa!

yes, i think so too. this kid is sooo determine to get better on grass, and what could be better than more practise....

RogiFan88
06-08-2005, 03:00 AM
but will they let him wear pirates? thats the most important question, cuz if they make him stop :sad:

I believe the pirates are OK, don't know about the sleeveless top though. ;)

cute_chichi
06-08-2005, 04:07 AM
good luck rafael in halle!!!!! :)

chocc0
06-08-2005, 07:48 AM
Vamos Rafa! Good luck @ Halle :)

Carlita
06-08-2005, 08:41 AM
Okay, videorecorder will be waiting!!! :D

VAMOS RAFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :woohoo:

nenadeSergio
06-08-2005, 09:12 AM
His match will be tommorow at 2pm and I'm gonna watch it. Yeah, I'm glad, that they will broadcast the match live, yeahhhhh!

Will it be on DSF???? Coz I checked the plan and they broadcast it only from 4PM. :(

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 09:55 AM
No it will be on ZDF first (2pm), and after that on DSF.

Iza
06-08-2005, 10:58 AM
V :banana: A :banana: M :banana: O :banana: S :banana: !

nenadeSergio
06-08-2005, 11:32 AM
No it will be on ZDF first (2pm), and after that on DSF.

Oh f.... I don´t have ZDF but my friend does so I´m gonna phone her. Thanks for quick reply!!!!

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 01:40 PM
ohoh they are on court...he is wearing the green shirt...

Carlita
06-08-2005, 02:00 PM
Go :baby: Go :woohoo:

knight_ley
06-08-2005, 02:22 PM
vamos rafa!!!!!!

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 02:23 PM
yeah he won the first set 6:4

freesbee
06-08-2005, 02:28 PM
BAM the guy!!! :devil:

Vamos!! :bounce:

nenadeSergio
06-08-2005, 02:40 PM
Just fab! :)

Iza
06-08-2005, 02:42 PM
now Rafa goes BAMBAMAMBAMBAMBAMBAMBAM http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/waffen/4579.gif !
Vamos Rafaaaaaa!

Carlita
06-08-2005, 02:44 PM
:haha: BamberdeBAMBAMBAM :lol: well first set is in da pocket ! NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXT :D no??

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:07 PM
ahh he lost the second set 5:7:(

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:11 PM
:( Bam Bam.....VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!!!!! Don't let Waske kick your cute ass!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: come oooooooooooooooooooooon

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:16 PM
Bam Bam has to win...has to.

I cannot have both Fer and Bam Bam out! And Nico isn't playing. That would s*ck. Of course Feli and Fena are stil in.

But the Little Angelito will pull this out....our Rafa always does...

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:28 PM
I hope you're right Lynn :unsure: Por favor....


:bounce::bounce::bounce:

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:28 PM
I think our Little Angelito is tired...and the blister on his thumb is bothering him again.

I want him to win...but maybe our Bam Bam needs a bit of a rest??

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:37 PM
ah noooo 3:5...but he is still in the doubles

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:40 PM
Someone said that the Eurosport commentators said his hands are badly blistered.

Maybe he shouldn't play doubles either.

Poor baby...

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:41 PM
he needs a rest and we don't want him to be ti-red in Rosmalen of course!!! Although I doubt we'll get to see him play...No.1 usually plays on Wednesdays....and that stupid blister !! grrrrrrrr!!:hug: come on Little man:bounce:

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:42 PM
ahh he lost 6:4 5:7 3:6 ...yeah I saw it on Tv his hand is full of blisters

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:44 PM
Poor babycakes...I don't mind that he lost...he needs to go home and rest.

To be honest, I think grass is irrelevant. I don't care how he does in Wimbledon.

I just want him to do well on clay and hardcourts.

nenadeSergio
06-08-2005, 03:45 PM
Poor babe, his hand must hurt him a whole lot!!!! :sad:

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:45 PM
oh he looks so sad. he gives boris becker an interview right after the match on the center court...:)

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:45 PM
well he likes to play on grass....so I hope he does well! He wants the no.1 spot...so then he'll have to do well! hahaha! VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS and he already played a semifinal in the Junior Wimbledon and a 3rd round 2 years ago...so he can do it!

sorry he lost today.....:sad:

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:47 PM
he said, that he is tired and will now go back to mallorca and will have two days without playing tennis and just relax. he seemed to be very sad ...

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:49 PM
he said, that he is tired and will now go back to mallorca and will have two days without playing tennis and just relax. he seemed to be very sad ...:shrug: what about the doubles???

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:49 PM
yeah he didn't mentioned, that he will play doubles. i think he won't...

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:50 PM
oh he looks so sad. he gives boris becker an interview right after the match on the center court...:)

Oh poor baby... :sad:

But really he needs a rest - he needs to go home. I volunteer to go take care of him...lol! ;)

I know he wants to do well on grass so for his sake, I'll try to actual care a bit, but it will be hard. Grass is for cows not tennis...MOOOOOOOO!!!

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:52 PM
he said, that he is tired and will now go back to mallorca and will have two days without playing tennis and just relax. he seemed to be very sad ...

I hate to think of him as sad! He shouldn't be sad. He's just 19, he has plenty of time. And its only one match.

Go home Rafa sweetie, and rest your hands.

Glad he's not doing doubles...

Carlita
06-08-2005, 03:52 PM
I know he wants to do well on grass so for his sake, I'll try to actual care a bit, but it will be hard. Grass is for cows not tennis...MOOOOOOOO!!!:confused: Don't say that! :p I love grass! My alltime fav player loved the grass! And Edberg is no cow! Neither are Rafter or Wheaton for that matter.....:p

you sound like Paul Haarhuis:lol:!!! Boy, did he change his tune when he won the doubles there:lol:

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 03:52 PM
Oh poor baby... :sad:



I know he wants to do well on grass so for his sake, I'll try to actual care a bit, but it will be hard. Grass is for cows not tennis...MOOOOOOOO!!!

yeah you are absolutely right...i don't like that surface...his family and friends in Mallorca will give him the power back...

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 03:59 PM
:confused: Don't say that! :p I love grass! My alltime fav player loved the grass! And Edberg is no cow! Neither are Rafter or Wheaton for that matter.....:p

you sound like Paul Haarhuis:lol:!!! Boy, did he change his tune when he won the doubles there:lol:

I've always hated the grass...but I love Wimbledon! Go figure...

Actually I love the dirt. Really dislike hardcourts to.

If I was in charge of tennis, every tournament would be on clay. No exceptions... ;)

freesbee
06-08-2005, 04:01 PM
ohhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooohhh :sad:

it's been a bad day... I hope he will pull out of the doubles too, he needs rest! (and no eat for a change :lol: :p)

Ti-Anne
06-08-2005, 04:03 PM
[QUOTE=NicoFan]Oh poor baby... :sad:

But really he needs a rest - he needs to go home. I volunteer to go take care of him...lol! ;) [QUOTE=NicoFan]


Naaaaaaaah ! :aplot:
I'll take care of him ! :p
Well, I'm sad too he lost but he definetely needs rest, so that's not so bad.
I'd not like him to get hurt because he doesn't take enough care of himself.
So have a good rest, lil' angel :angel: and come back stronger in Wimby !!

knight_ley
06-08-2005, 04:04 PM
:sad: Like everyone's saying, this could very well be a blessing in disguise. Rafa can get his rest now and let his hand heal.... :)

Carlita
06-08-2005, 04:07 PM
[QUOTE=NicoFan]Oh poor baby... :sad:

But really he needs a rest - he needs to go home. I volunteer to go take care of him...lol! ;)


Naaaaaaaah !

I'll take care of him ! ;) Well I think mum Betty will take care of :baby: BamBam :lol: wouldn't you say girls :p

yeah it might be a blessing.....hope he recovers and will still come to Rosmalen :sad:

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 04:08 PM
I bet ,he will get a warm reception, when he'll land/arrive in Mallorca...

freesbee
06-08-2005, 04:09 PM
[QUOTE=Ti-Anne]Well I think mum Betty will take care of :baby: BamBam :lol: wouldn't you say girls :p

ok and then you pass him on to his gf Frezzles :angel:

roisin
06-08-2005, 04:11 PM
Its probably best he lost, can't have the wee dude burning out now can we!

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 04:13 PM
but anyway... he looks hot with his green shirt on grass...:angel:

adelaide
06-08-2005, 04:22 PM
i actually think his adjustment process is going pretty well :) just give him some time and I think he'll be fine :D

too bad the grass season is so short, though. Wish he had more time to go at it.

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 04:49 PM
Naaaaaaaah ! :aplot:
I'll take care of him ! :p
Well, I'm sad too he lost but he definetely needs rest, so that's not so bad.
I'd not like him to get hurt because he doesn't take enough care of himself.
So have a good rest, lil' angel :angel: and come back stronger in Wimby !!

He doesn't take good care of himself... :sad: .... so we all need to go take care of him... :devil:

jacobhiggins
06-08-2005, 05:13 PM
He's not an all surface player yet, and he is going to have to work hard to achieve that. I don't think it's going to be easy and i'm not sure if he will ever be as complete of a player as some people think or hope he's going to be!

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 05:21 PM
He's not an all surface player yet, and he is going to have to work hard to achieve that. I don't think it's going to be easy and i'm not sure if he will ever be as complete of a player as some people think or hope he's going to be!

We love Rafa no matter what he does... :)

maratgirl
06-08-2005, 05:25 PM
wooww so not did see this coming :eek: . but now he can rest a bit :)

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 05:51 PM
Oh Baby...:hug:

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 05:54 PM
Oh Baby...:hug:


Yes, he definitely needs hugs...lots of them...


:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Carlita
06-08-2005, 05:56 PM
[QUOTE=Lady_Carlita]

ok and then you pass him on to his gf Frezzles :angel:maybe :angel: I like you so maybe :p ;) :lol:

ataptc
06-08-2005, 06:39 PM
Awww he looks so sad :( But like everyone said, at least he can go home for a few days to rest.. Poor boy!

Clara Bow
06-08-2005, 06:39 PM
Awww...he looks so young in those pictures from today. :hug:

Onwards and upwards Rafa!

tousledbaby
06-08-2005, 06:44 PM
The Interview...


Interview with Rafael Nadal
Mittwoch, 08.06.2005


Press-Conference with Rafael Nadal (ESP) after his defeat against Alexander Waske (GER) in the first round.

? What is your view on the match against Waske?

! In the beginning I took profit from some of his mistakes, but also I had a good start. I took my chances, and I also had my chances in the third but couldn't finally convert them. Besides, I felt a little bit tired. My physical condition was not as good as I would like it.

? Will this affect your preparation for Wimbledon?

! This is an important tournament, still I'm satisfied to get one match on grass. Every match is a learning experience even if you lose. Today I already felt much better than in yesterday's practice session. In the duration of the match I got some heavy physical problems, so that I even thought to retire.

? How difficult was it to get in a rhythm on grass?

! Yes, it was difficult, mostly because he was coming to the net all the time. Besides, I played a horrible game at 6:5 in the second set. My physical condition was a problem, I was a little bit late in some rallies, and in my tennis the fitness is very important. After these 15 challenging days in Paris it was not easy to hold concentration. I began well, but then I struggled a little bit mentally.

? Do you have any problems with the expectation after your French Open victory?

! No, I feel that I'm the same now. I only won a tournament, not more. And I cannot expect to come to Halle and win here easily. This is my first opening defeat this year, this change from clay to grass is the biggest challenge in the season.

? How is your level of confidence going into Wimbledon?

! I think I'll be prepared for Wimbledon. I know, it's not my best surface, but I'll try my best. I will arrive in Wimbledon five days before the start of the tournament to have good training sessions. Now I will have two or three days off to recover, after that I will concentrate to improve my serve and my game at the net.

? Are you going to play the doubles now?

! No, I have to take care, I have some problems with one fingers of my left and my right thigh. So I decided not to play doubles.

Björki
06-08-2005, 07:27 PM
it's a pity he lost. He withdraws from Rosmalen next week :(

Eruwen
06-08-2005, 07:30 PM
I just read in the entry list thread for the Ordina Open that Rafa is out :sad:

Carlita
06-08-2005, 08:11 PM
:crying2: boohoo! :crying2:


Please take your rest little man! We need you fit for Wimbledon! :hug:

NicoFan
06-08-2005, 08:35 PM
This is why I hate when spring clay season ends. None of my chicos do well on grass (except Feli). Though they do okay on hardcourts. :sad:

But its like going through withdrawals - every week since February it seems that I've watched Rafa especially and some of the others on TV. Now nada.

I miss my chicos... :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Björki
06-08-2005, 08:39 PM
(WC)Kiefer/Waske d Lopez/Nadal w.o.

Jennay
06-08-2005, 08:51 PM
Rafito :hug: :hug: No worries, rest up at home and do your best at Wimbledon. :yeah: :hug:

eddie_hyden
06-09-2005, 01:40 AM
nevermind.

rafa only have like one day to prepare, and hey, federer almost lost his first match too, and we know he's the best on grass...

it takes time to change the game...and also healing that blisters.

what's next for rafa then??

rue
06-09-2005, 06:12 AM
its good for him to rest before Wimbledon and be as fresh as he can be. That boy has played a whole lot of tennis and needs to recover.

Mimi
06-09-2005, 07:34 AM
get some rest nadal :angel:

ataptc
06-09-2005, 08:38 AM
Awww poor dutchies! I know how long you guys have been waiting for the tournament.. :hug: But look on the bright side, Rafa will be fresh and fit for Wimbly :)

Carlita
06-09-2005, 10:41 AM
I agree Evelyn, I"m :sad: he's not coming here, but I want him to do well in Wimbledon!!! :yippee:


so rest little man!! :hug:

eddie_hyden
06-09-2005, 11:35 AM
as much as he needs rest, it's important to have enough warm up matches to fine tune his game to fit the grass court too..

there just isn't much time.

oh well, i'd rather have rafa stays fresh and healthy throughout the season...

alexito
06-09-2005, 05:59 PM
rafa is very tired, is logic. 4 day ago, win RG, is GS, 2 weeks. he is grass, new tournament, nobody can win this way.

Ginger
06-09-2005, 06:14 PM
rafa is very tired, is logic. 4 day ago, win RG, is GS, 2 weeks. he is grass, new tournament, nobody can win this way.
:rolleyes: Great sense of history... Learn more about tennis please...

chocc0
06-10-2005, 01:03 AM
aww Rafa :sad: :hug:
good luck at wimby!

~EMiLiTA~
06-10-2005, 12:00 PM
this is good news...thank God he's not playing for a while...i feel tired thinking about him...rest up and prepare for wimby...it's more important

Iza
06-10-2005, 04:50 PM
So he's out of Rosmalen :bigcry: I feel so sorry about the Dutchies who wanted to see him there :awww: , :hug: for all of you!

Clara Bow
06-10-2005, 04:57 PM
Good article that shows that Rafa is approaching Wimbledon with a good attitude:

Nadal out to learn from Wimbledon experience
Fri Jun 10, 2005 08:26 AM ET


By Simon Baskett
MADRID (Reuters) - French Open champion Rafael Nadal's main aim at Wimbledon is to enjoy himself and gain more experience on grass rather than try and win the tournament.

"I'm conscious that on clay and hard courts I can manage pretty well, but indoors and on grass I have to improve a lot if I want to achieve good results," the 19-year-old Spaniard told a news conference in Madrid on Friday.

"I'm going to go to Wimbledon to enjoy myself and do my best, but I know that it's a very tough tournament and it isn't the best surface for me.

"My intention is to go there and learn so that one day I'll be able to do something big there."

Nadal, who put together a 24-match winning streak on clay with his triumph at Roland Garros last weekend, lost his first outing on grass when he fell to Alexander Waske in the opening round of the Halle Open in Germany on Wednesday.

But the powerfully built Mallorcan said the defeat could be a blessing in disguise.

"I don't think the defeat will affect my Wimbledon preparations," he said. "I had been playing a lot of pressure games and suffered a drop in tension after the victory in Paris.

"I then only had one day to adapt to the new surface and although I did all I could it wasn't to be. I would have liked to have played another match, but having a few days rest will be good for me too."

"I'm not going to play another tournament before Wimbledon. I need to rest mentally, but I'll go there four days before to make sure I'm prepared."

GOOD YEAR

Looking relaxed and refreshed as he mingled with journalists and gave interviews to local media beside the rooftop pool of a luxury Madrid hotel, Nadal insisted that there was no danger of him losing focus after winning his first grand slam.

"I'm the same person I was six months ago when I hadn't won anything," he said. "Yes, it's been a good year for me, but I'm conscious that only with humility and hard work can I keep winning matches.

"It's only (world number one Roger) Federer who doesn't lose matches and the rest of us aren't like him."

"Things have gone well, but I know that they could go wrong at any time. In tennis there are lot of people all at the same level and I want to keep my feet on the ground so I'll be ready if I do start losing games.

"I've won one grand slam and that's the most important thing and for me Wimbledon will be very difficult. In Spain we don't have grass courts, while Roland Garros is a bit easier because we have clay courts at every club."

Nadal moved up to number three after his victory in Paris and is now tied with Federer in the champions race, but the Spaniard insisted that talk of challenging the Swiss for the top spot in the rankings was premature.

"Of course for all players being number one is an objective, but with the number one we have at the moment that is almost impossible and something very odd would have to happen for anyone to replace him. With Federer at the top being number two is a triumph."

maratgirl
06-10-2005, 05:21 PM
that means that he doesn't come to Ordina open :sad:
I really don't understand why they put the tourney one week for wimbledon players just don't take that risk :sad:

Jennay
06-10-2005, 07:03 PM
Good article that shows that Rafa is approaching Wimbledon with a good attitude:
Thank you so much, Clara. :worship:

Fantastic attitude, indeed, from Rafa. It's so refreshing to know a young clay-courter really wants to excel on grass. :yeah:

tousledbaby
06-11-2005, 07:06 AM
Yeah thanks so much, but I was just wondering, why he is in Madrid and not in Mallorca?!?!

~EMiLiTA~
06-11-2005, 12:18 PM
yeah it is a shame for the Dutchies that he's not going...it's always crap when a good player pulls out of a tourney...

i guess he's in Madrid because there are more facilities to practise there?? there are not many grass courts in Spain so maybe he prefers to be there to prepare? :shrug:

Iza
06-11-2005, 04:50 PM
very mature interview :yeah: And yeah, he's rite: with feds at no.1, it's something to be no2

RogiFan88
06-12-2005, 04:38 PM
I think Rafa is in Madrid only for publicity purposes... yes, there aren't many if any real grass courts in Spain... they had some before the DC F in AUS for the guys to practise on... they s get more now.

Rafa always skips the right tourneys and benefits... smart kid!