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Rafa interview

nobama
10-05-2005, 01:59 AM
http://www.vamosrafael.com/home.html

Presenter: Good Evening

Well, what a year Rafa, and don't be modest...

Rafa: Yes, it's been a good year so far, couldn't really ask for more. I started winning matches and gaining confidence and I played at a good level so it brought me to here.

Toni, would you of believed it if they told you a year ago that your nephew would be in this position?

Toni: No, one year ago we didn't think of this. Knowing how difficult it is to win a tournament, not only for Rafa, but for any good tennis player, this is been a success for him.

So Rafa, you come from playing a lot, and you went to a hospital aftwerwards, are you not tired?

Rafa: Yes, obviously. That's why I haven't done anything this week, just relaxed for a bit. The only thing I had to do is go to Barcelona for one day, but that's it. I needed to stop for a little bit, to get my strength back and charge my batteries up again. I 've only started training again today.

Rafa, you are number 2 now, but other years Moya and Ferrero have been number one with less points than you have got now. But as Federer is there, is that not a bit fustrating for you? Will you never be number 1 while Federer is around? Is he so good?

Rafa: Yes, he is very good. He never loses. He's only lost 3 matches this year, he just never fails. It's a bit of bad luck for me, because maybe if he wasn't there or if it was a different year I'd be number one. But I'm satisfied with what I'm doing. I have ambition. I want to get it and I'll fight until I achieve what I want, and that's to be number 1.

So Rafa, which match would you choose as your favorite, as your best match of the year, as the match you did great and think you were at 100%?

Rafa: well, there's not really a specific match I would choose...maybe the final with Agassi, or the final against Federer in Miami, that although I lost I thought I played very good. Roland Garros wasn't my best week I'd say...The season is very long and sometimes you play good and sometimes bad. But I've been more or less regular and I'm happy about that.

So Toni, what's the things you liked the best and the things you disliked?

Toni: The things I like are the results, his matches in Rome, Miami and Montreal were good. What I didn't like was Flushing Meadows. I was really disappointed there, he should have done so much better. He played badly. He mentally was very bad...and physically very bad too. And Wimbledon wasn't too good either, but I expected that more or less because he came from winning Roland Garros and that affected him a bit because he had a lot of pressure on him. Everyone expected him to play good, to be one of the favorites and that distracted him a bit I think.


Rafa, people have always talked about your serve, that it wasn't very good, is it any better?

Rafa: Well, if you are asking me this, then it obviously isn't any better then..(laughs)

Well, I had one of the worst serves in the circuit. Now it's a lot better, well, it's not one of the best, but it isn't the worst one any more. I'll have to keep practicing.

Toni: His was the 3rd worst serve of the top 50 before!!! (laughs) He is better now though, but has to get even better. His serve is not as soft as it used to be, but he still has to work a lot on it to be on top.

But he is on the top...!!

Toni: That's this year, we'll see next year...

So What is this sock thing you always do? Do you have problems with your socks?

Rafa: When I wear my pirate pants yes...

Are those pants comfortable?

Rafa: Yes, otherwise I wouldn't play with them, believe me...

But why are the socks a problem when you wear the pirate pants? Is it to concentrate or to get your rival nervous?

Rafa: No, nothing like that, it's simple, it will sound so stupid but I'll tell you. ..When I play, the socks, with the sweat and that, keep falling down, so the little hairs from my lower leg/ankle stick out over the top of them and it's very uncomfortable!! It pesters me so I keep pulling them up so those hairs don't stick out!!

So does Nike choose the clothes for you?

Rafa: Well, they give me ideas, propositions and If I like them I say yes, if not, they look for something else.

Toni: But he always says yes to everything...! (laughs)

So are you wearing anything special for Shangai?

Rafa: No, I don't think so...

How about in Madrid?

Rafa: Nothing special, all I can say is that I'm going to wear the short pants again for the rest of the season.

So you are back to the shorts again! So in Madrid we will see you in shorts again...

Rafa: Yes, well, that is if Nike doesn't change their mind, sometimes they change, so I can't confirm anything...

So how is this all this advertising stuff affecting you. I love the Kia car one, with tennis balls raining over you...

Rafa: I'ts nice to watch once it's finished, but not fun to make, I tell you...

Was there really a lot of tennis balls falling on top of you?

Rafa: hahaha...well, new technologies do great things these days...there is a part of fiction and a part of reality...I did have a machine and 15 people throwing balls at me though..

hahaha well that was good then...

Rafa: What was good was that none of the balls hit me on the head while filming, that was a miracle...(laughs)

So you've done Nike, Kia, cola cao adverstisments...

Rafa: and Rosdor biscuits..

Oh, yes forgot about them, that's good, a Mallorcan product...so any more advertisment now?

Rafa: No, well, just another Cola Cao one.

So, another five tournaments left...

(Rafa counts): Yes

Are you going to Vienna?

Rafa: If I knew, I'd tell you...On this moment it's more a no than a yes...but who knows, I'm not sure yet. I mean I want to go but...I need a little more rest and training so I don't know. Maybe the day comes and I say, hey I wanna go, but maybe I say, well I want to train more for Madrid because I want to do really well there this year, and Madrid is my number 1 priority...

If you go to Vienna you could practise a bit before Madrid there...

Toni: But if he goes, he goes there to win, not to train...but he would get a good training there. That's the problem we have now about the decision, I mean if he goes he'll get into the game a bit again , I think it would be good for him, but if he goes and is still a bit tired it might be worse...depends on what he wants to do..

(Toni looks at Rafa and Rafa shyly looks down)

Rafa: I want to go...but...

Toni: He doesn't know yet. Madrid is what he really wants to do well at.

Rafa: Yes.

Toni: Moya always says he plays a lot during the year and that when Masters Madrid comes around, he's always too tired and plays badly there, and Rafa doesn't want that to happen to him.

So are you training now?

Toni: Yes, he started today. It's going to be difficult to find someone to train with him because Moya is going to Vienna and the guys at the tennis club are all on tournaments as well, so it's going to be hard to find someone with a good level to play against him while here.

Well, what I hope is that you bring back a cup from Shanghai when you go...

Rafa: pfffff...With the surface they've prepared I doubt it...

Why?

Toni: Because it's a very fast court. A lot of players are agaisnt it, apart from Rafa, like Federer and Hewitt. That surface is good for Roddick and Safin. They should have taken into account the players' and the public's opinion, but anyway, he'll try his best...

And Rafa, no one can get you out of Mallorca eh! other players have left to train and live in Barcelona, Madrid..., but you have stayed here

Rafa: Yes, I love Mallorca, I wouldn't change it for anything. My family, and my friends are here. I like being here, it relaxes me.

So are there other places you like, you've visited other places in the world, do you tour a lot or just stay in the hotel?

Rafa: pfff ask him that, (pointing to his uncle Toni) he's the one that goes all over the area to shop, not me...

So you go all over but you order your nephew to stay in the hotel and rest then...

Toni: (laughs) He can come if he wants..


Anyway, i want to thank you for coming, it's been a pleasure, and I hope to see you back here soon, and Rafa, don't change, because you are so kind-hearted. Every time you arrive in Mallorca, we are waiting and pester you in the airport, but you always have a few minutes for us, that means a lot to us...

Rafa: No problem...

Thank you, and have a nice rest

Rafa and Toni: Thank you.

nobama
10-05-2005, 02:02 AM
Well, what I hope is that you bring back a cup from Shanghai when you go...

Rafa: pfffff...With the surface they've prepared I doubt it...

Why?

Toni: Because it's a very fast court. A lot of players are agaisnt it, apart from Rafa, like Federer and Hewitt. That surface is good for Roddick and Safin. They should have taken into account the players' and the public's opinion, but anyway, he'll try his best...
Interesting....has any other player complained about the surface in Shanghi? Toni mentions Roger and Lleyton, but I haven't heard either of them talk about the surface.

max122
10-05-2005, 02:15 AM
hmm interestin

Clara Bow
10-05-2005, 02:25 AM
Well the Master's year end tourney tends to have some players who don't like the surface - whatever it may be. A couple of years ago Roger had big (and I thought very justified) issues with the Houston courts.

I don't think Toni is really being a crabapple in that regard. He tends to have a pretty level view on things and is not one to gloat about or overinflate Nadal by any means. And it looks like Toni realizes that it will be very, very hard to have the same time of success next year (in terms of tournies won, etc.)

So it sounds like it will be regular shorts on Nadal for the year on out.

LaTenista
10-05-2005, 04:14 AM
:scatch: Didn't Federer win TMC both years it was held at Houston? Though I do remember Roger saying something not so positive about Shanghai, the 1st TMC he ever played.

Clara Bow
10-05-2005, 04:30 AM
:scatch: Didn't Federer win TMC both years it was held at Houston?

Yes he did. He also had quite legitmate complaints about the court the first year it was held there in 2003. It was sloping or something iirc.

mangoes
10-05-2005, 05:50 AM
Interesting....has any other player complained about the surface in Shanghi? Toni mentions Roger and Lleyton, but I haven't heard either of them talk about the surface.

Yea, Roger and Lleyton have complained, and I guess Rafa makes 3. I think when three of the biggest players are complaining, then some thought needs to go into if this surface is workable.

Galaxystorm
10-05-2005, 01:39 PM
Remember that Masters cup surface this year is on carpet ( Taraflex , as for example Paris-Bercy etc).

And about Houston court, the court had difference in height , that is drop . I wonder who was the brilliant mind who chose that club for playing a Masters cup ..

prima donna
10-05-2005, 02:07 PM
I'm starting to warm up to Nadal, well, his personality atleast. Never his game, but he seems like a good kid with a nice sense of humor.

There doesn't seem to be one bit of arrogance or maliciousness in his bones, which is nice. I just think he's a competitor, unlike a few others on tour ... but their personalities make for good television time, no ? :)

Pea
10-05-2005, 03:36 PM
:lol:@the last part. Nice interview.

gillian
10-05-2005, 04:00 PM
Nice interview. Thanks for sharing.

Rex
10-05-2005, 04:11 PM
thnx for the thread cheers....

lilfairyprincess
10-06-2005, 10:41 PM
http://www.vamosrafael.com/home.html

Rafa, you are number 2 now, but other years Moya and Ferrero have been number one with less points than you have got now. But as Federer is there, is that not a bit fustrating for you? Will you never be number 1 while Federer is around? Is he so good?

Rafa: Yes, he is very good. He never loses. He's only lost 3 matches this year, he just never fails. It's a bit of bad luck for me, because maybe if he wasn't there or if it was a different year I'd be number one. But I'm satisfied with what I'm doing. I have ambition. I want to get it and I'll fight until I achieve what I want, and that's to be number 1.

awwwwww rafa :worship: :D Your fight and determination is so admirable!!
thank u for posting this interview mirkaland :yeah:

NYCtennisfan
10-06-2005, 11:30 PM
Interesting interview. Rafa and Toni are so honest with their answers. You won't hear many people in the game give straight up and honest answers.