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~~~Cincinnati 2011 - New beginning~~~

Foxy
08-13-2011, 06:43 AM
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Cincinnati Official Website Link
(http://www.cincytennis.com/)
Rafael Nadal's official site - Check for news there (http://rafaelnadal.com/)

Rafael Nadal's fan site - Check for videos there (http://www.rafanadalpartidoapartido.com/)

After all the quitters lost hope I will try and walk against the wind. This is the hardest tournament for Rafa to win. I hope it works this time around! Vamos!

Foxy
08-13-2011, 06:44 AM
The draw:

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Djokovic(1) vs. Bye
Harrison vs. Chela
Isner vs. Qualifier
Golubev vs. Wawrinka(16)

Roddick(11) vs. Kohlschreiber
Ferrero vs. Lopez
Dodig vs. Qualifier
Bye vs. (6)Monfils

Federer(3) vs. Bye
Del Potro vs. Seppi
Baghdatis vs. Blake
Fognini vs. Troicki(14)

Almagro(9) vs. Montanes
Karlovic vs. F. Mayer
Haas vs. Monaco
Bye vs. Berdych(8)

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Ferrer(5) vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Dimitrov
Tipsarevic vs. Qualifier
Melzer vs. Simon(10)

Tsonga(15) vs. Cilic
Ginepri vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Nalbandian
Bye vs. Murray(4)

Fish(7) vs. Bye
Davydenko vs. Stakhovsky
Malisse vs. Anderson
Dolgopolov vs. Gasquet(12)

Youzhny(13) vs. Llodra
Bellucci vs. Verdasco
Garcia-Lopez vs. Qualifier
Bye vs. Nadal(2)

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Rafa's path

R32 - d. Benneteau 64 75
R16 - Verdasco
QF - Fish/Gasquet
SF - Ferrer/Tsonga/Simon/Murray
F - Djokovic/Federer/Berdych



Doubles draw:



[1] BRYAN, Bob (USA)/BRYAN, Mike (USA)
Bye
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)/VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP)
GASQUET, Richard (FRA)/TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
LIPSKY, Scott (USA)/SOARES, Bruno (BRA)
KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)/MALISSE, Xavier (BEL)
Bye
FYRSTENBERG, Mariusz (POL)/MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL)

BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/PAES, Leander (IND)
Bye
TIPSAREVIC, Janko (SRB)/TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)
LOPEZ, Marc (ESP)/NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)/STEPANEK, Radek (CZE)
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP)/ANDUJAR, Pablo (ESP)
Bye
LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE)/TECAU, Horia (ROU)

BOPANNA, Rohan (IND)/QURESHI, Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK)
Bye
CHELA, Juan Ignacio (ARG)/MONACO, Juan (ARG)
MARACH, Oliver (AUT)/NORMAN, Dick (BEL)
MONFILS, Gael (FRA)/SIMON, Gilles (FRA)
BUTORAC, Eric (USA)/ROJER, Jean-Julien (AHO)
Bye
LLODRA, Michael (FRA)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)

MELZER, Jurgen (AUT)/PETZSCHNER, Philipp (GER)
Bye
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy (UKR)/YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS)
CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL)/MAYER, Florian (GER)
BLAKE, James (USA)/ISNER, John (USA)
BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex (USA)/JOHNSON, Steve (USA)
Bye
[2] MIRNYI, Max (BLR)/NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

Betty
08-13-2011, 08:06 AM
Mit=Q1

....ops i meant F

Xristos
08-13-2011, 08:58 AM
Put me down for WIN.

Vamoos.

Foxy
08-13-2011, 10:41 AM
WIN for me. VAMOS!

Getta
08-13-2011, 01:22 PM
in this sort of state i most probably won't play again

Ben.
08-13-2011, 01:50 PM
Final...... but I'd rather him lose in the semis than have to play Djokovic again. He needs to get a few wins under his belt before USO and hopefully avoid Djokovic for a while. A win over Murray in the semis or Federer in the final would be a nice confidence boost for New York.

acionescu
08-13-2011, 02:51 PM
QF :sadface:

tennizen
08-13-2011, 03:00 PM
Sf

born_on_clay
08-13-2011, 05:38 PM
SF for me please :)

Sonja1989
08-13-2011, 11:57 PM
Semifinal :)

Minn
08-14-2011, 04:17 AM
Add me to the SF list, please.

vn01
08-14-2011, 10:27 AM
Mit: Win

Metis
08-14-2011, 03:54 PM
Even though it's highly unlikely to happen (:sad:), I pick WIN! :rocker2:




How far will Rafa go in Cincinnati? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - !VamosRafa!
3rd -
QF - acionescu,
SF - born_on_clay, Minn, Sonja1989, tennizen
F - Betty, Bjorki, hat_boy
W - Foxy, MariaV, Metis, vn01, Xristos

Metis
08-14-2011, 03:59 PM
Mit=Q1

....ops i meant F

:lol:


in this sort of state i most probably won't play again

I don't agree. You shouldn't quit at the first sign of trouble. :(

MariaV
08-14-2011, 05:21 PM
Foxy, thanks for starting the thread, maybe you'll bring Rafa some luck again indeed. :D

About my prediction - GGL 2nd rd doesn't look too promising remembering of Bangkok last year but that was just tanking, no? ;)
Oh goodness, let's say WIN WIN WIN, I'm with you Metis! :rocker: :cool:

Foxy
08-14-2011, 05:28 PM
Foxy, thanks for starting the thread, maybe you'll bring Rafa some luck again indeed. :D

About my prediction - GGL 2nd rd doesn't look too promising remembering of Bangkok last year but that was just tanking, no? ;)
Oh goodness, let's say WIN WIN WIN, I'm with you Metis! :rocker: :cool:

It is one of the very few tournaments which he hasn't won yet and the only MS tournament he hasn't reached a final yet. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.
I will only start threads of tournaments he has never won before. That was the case with USO ;), that was the case with WTF :(.

Foxy
08-14-2011, 06:20 PM
Rafa will play doubles with M.Lopez and their first opponents are Tipsarevic/Troicki. The draw is in the second post.

!VamosRafa!
08-15-2011, 02:02 AM
R2, losing to GGL in 3 sets :tears:

Edda
08-15-2011, 04:08 AM
I would love for him to win, and to not have to play Nole. I'd like him to play Roger or Ferru.

Björki
08-16-2011, 08:35 AM
Mit: F

Foxy
08-16-2011, 08:50 AM
Rafa/Lopez are 4th on the schedule on court N3 against Tipsarevic/Troicki. It is just after Simon - Melzer match.
Good luck!

Some funny videos!

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acionescu
08-16-2011, 09:30 AM
He is so cute :awww: :inlove:

Metis
08-16-2011, 09:50 AM
He certainly takes his time, taking the shirt off and wiping his body with the towel. ;)

Woman in the stands: "It never gets old." :lol:


Nice footwork in the 3rd. The crowd gasped fearing he would trip on that ball. :awww: Someone even started shouting "Watch out!" :lol:

acionescu
08-16-2011, 10:13 AM
Yeah, I started lately to notice that too....:lol:

Not that I mind :D

MariaV
08-16-2011, 10:32 AM
Yeah, I started lately to notice that too....:lol:

Not that I mind :D

I don't mind it either. ;) :lick: No need to hurry Rafa. :D

Foxy
08-17-2011, 07:34 AM
Nadal/Lopez won their doubles match 76 67 105. Schedule for today: Nadal - Benneteau 2nd, after Fish - Davydenko on Center Court.

Castafiore
08-17-2011, 07:44 AM
Twitter:
After two weeks in North America I have won a match! with my partner @marclopeztarres !
http://i54.tinypic.com/jja784.jpg
http://twitter.com/#!/RafaelNadal/status/103618796924829696
:)

acionescu
08-17-2011, 09:00 AM
:haha: :haha: :o

Ben.
08-17-2011, 10:43 AM
:lol:

Foxy
08-17-2011, 02:12 PM
Short interview with Rafa:

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Metis
08-17-2011, 06:34 PM
Nadal-Benneteau 6-4 7-5



How far will Rafa go in Cincinnati? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - !VamosRafa!
3rd -
QF - acionescu,
SF - born_on_clay, Minn, Sonja1989, tennizen
F - Betty, Bjorki, hat_boy
W - Foxy, MariaV, Metis, vn01, Xristos




!VamosRafa!, proudly subbing for Getta in this tournament, finds out how much fun a 2nd round FAIL is:


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MariaV
08-17-2011, 06:35 PM
6-4 7-5 over Benneteau. Not a vintage performance but hopefully he is getting back in shape and will be ready for the USO. :D

Foxy
08-17-2011, 06:58 PM
6-4 7-5 over Benneteau. Not a vintage performance but hopefully he is getting back in shape and will be ready for the USO. :D

He will play Verdasco. I see no reason why he won't get far here. Not a bad performance today.

Ben.
08-17-2011, 09:56 PM
Well I was hoping for better than that, he played ten times better last week but lost :lol: Failing to serve the match out again was worrying but he recovered quickly.

Hopefully Verdasco's losing streak to Nadal continues which will give him a couple more matches at least.

Foxy
08-18-2011, 11:53 AM
Schedule for today:

Nadal - Verdasco 1st on Center Court. Then the doubles match 4th on Court N3.
Good luck!

Interview after the match against Benneteau:

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Foxy
08-18-2011, 05:44 PM
It is pretty disturbing to see players learned to stay with Nadal in rallies and wait for his error. Not entirely the case in today's match but in most of encounters with Djokovic, Nadal is making tons of UE without even being pressurized. Once it was his greatest weapon to stay in rallies and not to miss a ball. It is really disturbing.

Ben.
08-18-2011, 07:16 PM
Nothing short of atrocious today. Fish is going to eat him alive, he is full of confidence.

Struggled to hit the ball cleanly all match, which led to him being very passive and making laughable errors. Anyboy other than Verdasco and he would have lost today. It is not just against Djokovic that he is getting tight at the end of sets/matches, it is all the time now.

I shrugged the Dodig match off at the time but it is looking more significant now, after playing so well but losing.

Foxy
08-19-2011, 07:43 AM
Nadal - Fish is today scheduled 2nd on Center Court.

Highlights from the match against Verdasco:

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Getta
08-19-2011, 10:21 AM
too cute

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MariaV
08-19-2011, 11:23 AM
Nothing short of atrocious today. Fish is going to eat him alive, he is full of confidence.

Struggled to hit the ball cleanly all match, which led to him being very passive and making laughable errors. Anyboy other than Verdasco and he would have lost today. It is not just against Djokovic that he is getting tight at the end of sets/matches, it is all the time now.

I shrugged the Dodig match off at the time but it is looking more significant now, after playing so well but losing.

Oh yeah a mug match indeed.
And yes, it's been the pattern all this year, I don't know what's happened and what's this all about. A year ago he won the USO and we didn't really see such mental (?) weakness.
At the presser he admitted it's a confidence issue but he better get over it. And of course he better stop fooling around i.e. burning his fingers in a restaurant. Has he stated somewhere WTH he was doing in the restaurant kitchen anyway? :rolleyes: :help:

And Fish vs Nadal scheduled before Federer vs Berdych. Honestly I hoped Fish as a local favourite would be scheduled later. :o :o 'Hopefully' Fish is tired from his recently payed many matches too. Vamos! :banana: :rocker:

FlameOn
08-19-2011, 01:08 PM
Aw, well I only saw the third set TB but I can imagine it was a horror show. :mad: He was looking like a zombie toward the end as well :awww:, dead tired.

Get it together handsome. :hug:

FlameOn
08-19-2011, 01:11 PM
too cute

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Yeah real cute. :D Hard to be too mad at him with sweet videos like that.

MariaV
08-19-2011, 04:50 PM
Transcript of the presser after Benneteau.

R. NADAL/J. Benneteau
6-4, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. He's played you pretty close the last couple years. What is it about him?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry?

Q. He's played you pretty close at this event the last couple years.
RAFAEL NADAL: Last year, yes.

Q. What kind of problems does he pose you when he's on?
RAFAEL NADAL: Last year he played really close. He had match point, and these things -- I didn't have that feeling today.
I had the match all the time - almost all the time - under control. I played a really bad game with the 5-4 to close the match, but for the rest of the match I think I had the control of the match and I played well.
Last year was a very different history.

Q. Were you satisfied with your performance today? What did you like about your game?
RAFAEL NADAL: My serve worked well today; my forehand for almost all the time I hit very good shots. I think I did almost everything well, but, you know, less time that I would love to do it.
I did a lot of things well, but not in every point. I played three points well; after I played two points bad. So I am in the right way, but I need to keep having matches. For sure that's important for me now.
Just like this, having matches, I will find my rhythm all the time, no? I have to play consistent every point. I have to play with the highest intensity in every moment. The game with 5-4 on my serve cannot happen. You can lose a serve, but you cannot play that bad.
So that probably affected me a little bit. The moments that I spend one week ago in Montréal when I lost the match, serving for the match, no, always the confidence goes down a little bit after one match like that.
So that probably affected me a little bit today with 5-4 and the serve. For the rest I am happy. I have to keep going, and that's what I will try.

Q. The yellow Aston Martin is not the parking lot anymore. Did you get to meet them?
RAFAEL NADAL: I bought. (Smiling.)

Q. Did you?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Laughter.) No.

Q. Did you scare them away?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? I met them. Honor meet a great fan like this, because to have an Aston Martin like this you must be a really big fan. It was really an honor, and just can say thanks to them for the big support.
THE MODERATOR: The car is still there.

Q. A Spanish speaker in the audience heard you scream, Cheese and crackers at one of the big moments. Is that the strongest language you've got? :spit:
RAFAEL NADAL: (In Spanish.)
THE MODERATOR: That is not translating how you're thinking.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. When?

Q. Some time today they thought you said that.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, for sure not. Nothing strange I say during the match.

Q. Will your family be in New York with you this year? Don't your mom and sister like to go as well?
RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe. I don't know. If they want to come, for me always is a pleasure. So I don't know if they have the plan to come. I don't know I don't know when my dad, my mom, and my sister have the plans to be there. I don't know.
I think they want to come, but I don't know if for the beginning of the tournament, I don't know the week before the tournament, I don't know if after the first week of the tournament.
If they want to come in the second week, always is a risk that I will be in Mallorca before they came to New York. So you never know.

Q. How are things physically? Apart from the hands there, have you got any...
RAFAEL NADAL: I got burned. I had a little bit of accident in a restaurant a few days ago. No, just that.

Q. Is it causing discomfort when you play?
RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit. If you see the blister, you can imagine. I don't going to show you now.

Q. What happened in the restaurant?
RAFAEL NADAL: It was an accident. The plate was very, very hot and I get burned, so... :rolleyes: to the whole incident

Q. Was that here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

Q. You had a good doubles match yesterday. Does that help with singles, give you confidence, good practice?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always a victory is a victory. I enjoy playing doubles with Marc Lopez. He's a good friend of mine. For me always a pleasure to play with him.
I had fun, and for me it's always important to practice before my match, too. Was a good practice yesterday. We won; we are happy for that. We have another chance tomorrow.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=73632

Foxy
08-19-2011, 07:45 PM
Actually Rafa didn't play that bad and didn't look much fatigued which speaks good for his current fitness level. There were many controversal line judge calls (I definitely can say Rafa was robbed twice) and Fish got lucky here and there with net cords and touching the line marks (2 of them less than a millimeter). This match could have been won as well. There were nice bunch of break back points which Rafa didn't capitalize from. He definitely should find back the US Open serve and he will be good to go in 2-3 weeks time. Get some rest first! Credit to Fish for staying calm all match even when facing breakpoints.

Metis
08-19-2011, 07:47 PM
Nadal-Fish 6-3 6-4



How far will Rafa go in Cincinnati? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - !VamosRafa!
3rd -
QF - acionescu
SF - born_on_clay, Minn, Sonja1989, tennizen
F - Betty, Bjorki, hat_boy
W - Foxy, MariaV, Metis, vn01, Xristos




born_on_clay, Minn, Sonja1989, tennizen, Betty, Bjorki, hat_boy, Foxy, MariaV, Metis, vn01 and Xristos had high expectations from Rafa in this tournament; major intelligence FAIL.



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acionescu: another happy winner :lol:


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born_on_clay
08-19-2011, 08:16 PM
I am really sorry to say this but today's result was expected.
Better find your form for US Open Rafa :unsure:

acionescu
08-19-2011, 08:25 PM
So, new beggining........the same end, it seems :o

Ben.
08-19-2011, 08:53 PM
Looks like a full blown crisis to me now. Toothless forehand, loopy backhand, just pushing from behind the baseline. I just don't understand the mindset. At least try to attack, it will at least save his knees and energy and he might even find his rhythm as a bonus. One winner in the first set? :help:

Mimi
08-20-2011, 03:05 AM
:banghead: :bigcry:

!VamosRafa!
08-20-2011, 03:46 AM
It hurts so bad :sad:

Foxy
08-20-2011, 09:23 AM
Highlights from the match against Fish:

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dav abu
08-20-2011, 11:26 AM
It was to be expected that Rafa would lose to Fish considering how tamely he is playing at the moment. If he gets a tough draw at the US ..or even someone like Karlovic he could easily go early! I'm afraid I agree with hat_boy who calls it a full blown crisis :sad: I've never seen him play so passively and quite frankly fearfully (standing so far behind the baseline betrays a huge lack of confidence). I hope he can turn it around and fast!

Xristos
08-20-2011, 02:39 PM
Not looking good at the moment.

Bounce back Rafa!

MariaV
08-21-2011, 08:11 AM
Presser after Verdasco
R. NADAL/F. Verdasco
7-6, 6-7, 7-6


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Talk about how you're feeling physically after playing for three hours and 38 minutes as well as doubles.
RAFAEL NADAL: Fantastic. :spit:

Q. When Mardy Fish was in here, who you're playing next, he was asked about playing a long match and then playing doubles. Fish said something like, Oh, I can't imagine he'll actually play doubles. Did you think about pulling out of doubles?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think. For me wasn't a choice, no? I have a friend here. I play with one of my best friends. He came from Spain to play the doubles. If I don't go on court today, he don't have the points or the prize money of the second round.
I cannot thought about that, even if I am tired. That's what happened. I had to play, and I tried my best. We lost. I go home - well, not home, to the hotel - to relax a little bit and try to be competitive for tomorrow. (Laughter.)

Q. You won today. How did the match leave you feeling about your play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Was important victory for me. Wasn't an easy match. I think for moments I played well; for moments I played not that well, especially with the 5-1 of the tiebreak. I played a few really bad points.
I'm very happy I'm through; I'm in the quarterfinals. It's positive result for me. I need to spend hours on court. I would like to have one hour less than what I have, but was positive. It was a positive one.
Probably this match will help me for the -- I don't think for this tournament, but for the next one, yes. For this tournament, probably tomorrow I going to be a little bit more tired than what I would like to be. These kind of matches feel this pressure, finally winning one match like this when I had a few mistakes, when I had the match under control, even after I suffered a lot, because the end of the match was very close and emotional for me.
Was a positive thing to end with the victory. Hopefully I will be ready for tomorrow. I will try my best. He's playing really well. I think this kind of matches helps a lot for the US Open.

Q. What was the difference in the match today? There was just a few points here and there. Is there anything you can point to technically that enabled you to win?
RAFAEL NADAL: Probably I had a little bit few mistakes than him when the match was close. It's true he was playing more spectacular points than my ones, but I think I played with less mistake than him at the end.
One less mistake in the match and arrive to the...

Q. There were a lot unforced errors on both sides.
RAFAEL NADAL: Exactly. The court is not easy. It's very fast and the ball is flying a lot. For me, very difficult to have the control of the ball here in this court.
But I will try my best tomorrow. I think I have to do, and I will try for sure. I'm very happy to be in quarterfinals. I'm excited about the match of tomorrow.

Q. You mentioned it was an emotional match. Is that because you're playing a fellow Spaniard? I know there are a lot of you out there. How much different is it playing a fellow countryman than someone else?
RAFAEL NADAL: Really doesn't matter. It's a competition, and we already played -- it's 12 times that we played against each other, no, so it's nothing new for us.
Really doesn't matter. You want to win; everybody wants to win. He's a friend, but that's it.
All the match end in the court.

Q. Your opponent tomorrow, Mardy Fish, has had a very good summer and has won a lot matches here and moved up the rankings quickly.
RAFAEL NADAL: Uh-huh.

Q. What do you know about him and his style of play?
RAFAEL NADAL: I played already five or six times against him. I know a lot about him. (Smiling.)

Q. No, I mean since he's been on a really hot streak recently.
RAFAEL NADAL: He's a very good player and did very well in Wimbledon, very well last week in Montréal. He's doing very well here. Going to be a very difficult match tomorrow. He's aggressive player, fantastic serve, and very good volley. He's moving much better than before from the baseline with less unforced errors.
So he's a very dangerous player. What ranking? He's No. 7 of the world? So you cannot expect have an easy match against No. 7 of the world. Mardy is a fantastic player and one of the most dangerous players on the tour.

Q. You talked about how Novak is a mental challenge for you. For some reason it happens that when players have a new challenge, they struggle with their game against other players as well.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, probably today I'm a little bit too tired to talk about Novak. That's the true. You can ask me every day. I am happy to answer every day before this, but I have to go to rest. It's 7:30. For me, the mental part against Novak...

Q. I mean against everybody else because you have a new challenge.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't understand the question. (Through translation.) I don't have a personal rivalry against Novak. I have a rivalry against everybody. I try my best every day when I go on court. This year, Novak is doing fantastic things, fabulous what he's doing, it's really amazing, and probably impossible to repeat for the rest of us.
I want to congratulate him, but for me the challenge is not different. I have a goal right now, and that's improve my tennis to be enough good to compete against him for next yeah. For this year, I don't have enough time to practice, but hopefully for next year, yes.
I have to change and improve a few things, and that's what I going to try.

Q. How is your hand after the fingers you burned? Any better? Any worse?
RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit better, but I'm playing with big bandage - very big one - and it's very difficult to have the feeling. Even when I am serving, to put the ball at the right place, it's not easy for me. And whose fault is it? :smash:

Q. You know what time to be ready tomorrow. What type of food are you going to be having tonight and tomorrow? You have a time.
RAFAEL NADAL: Normal food. I don't have a big -- not big, I don't have nothing of diet. I will eat tonight. When I go to the menu, I will see something that I would like to eat, and that's what I going to eat.
The thing that can help you that little bit don't going to affect a lot for the match. Important thing is have a good rest, do the right things, drink a lot, and for the rest. For sure I don't going to eat, I don't know, like crazy, because I have to go on court tomorrow not late.
I would love to play a little bit later tomorrow, no? I play at 1:00 another time with all the sun there. After today, more than probably five hours on court, is, for me, a little bit too early.
I would love to play later, but that's what happened when you play doubles, too.

Q. You played Fernando so many times. I know you respect all your opponents, but how did you guard against overconfidence? You had beaten him 11 straight times.
RAFAEL NADAL: 12.

Q. Before today.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think about that when I go on court. I think about play well. I know if I don't play well, I going to have a good chance to lose. Today was very close.
Doesn't matter what happened in the past. For sure I prefer have 11 wins on my side than have 11 loses. The mental part is there. But every match is different.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=73666

MariaV
08-21-2011, 08:24 AM
Presser after Fish
M. FISH/R. Nadal
6-3, 6-4


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. The blisters on your right hand, were they bothering you a little bit at all during the match today? Affecting your ball toss?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not more than the other days, no? That's true. I don't have a lot of feeling when I threw the ball with the right hand, and to play with the backhand, too. But nothing strange. Nothing more than the previous days.
So I lost because Mardy played much better than me. I had a few chances. A little bit unlucky for moments. But that's tennis and that's sport.
Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. Sometimes you are playing well; sometimes you are playing worse. I am playing a little bit worse now than well, so I accept the lose and work hard. The only way to come back to my best level.

Q. Do you feel like you got a good amount of play in and practice in going into the US Open next couple weeks?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't play well. I didn't play well here, especially. In Montréal I played for moments well. In Montréal was the really mistake for me. Here, a lot of things.
A little bit unlucky week for me with the burned fingers and with the very long match yesterday. Today is not a big mistake. Big mistake was last week in the first round.

Q. Hindsight being 20/20, do you regret playing doubles? Being on court for five hours, did it impact your performance today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Definitely the doubles didn't bother me.

Q. (Indiscernible.)
RAFAEL NADAL: I said yesterday yes, but nothing change for that, no? Maybe a little bit more rest, but it's not the moment to talk about that. I said yesterday.
I cannot say today because I lost. Everything you say seems like an excuse. The only excuse is he played better than me.

Q. Can you give us an update on your foot? You had a treatment during the match.
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't have a treatment. I just pulled out one tape. Yesterday the match was long and hard and I have a few blisters in the foot, so I had to protect everything.
But was pain for me and I had to take one tape.

Q. You said Mardy was playing well. Is there anything in your game that didn't meet your expectations today, other than you lost, I mean reasons why?
RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit of everything. My movements are not being prefect, more mistakes than usual with the forehand. I have to play more inside the court, more aggressive.
At the same time, I have to play longer. You know, I don't want to talk about the backhand because I have this, so I didn't have the chance to practice the backhand and I didn't have the chance to play normal backhand, no?
But for the rest, few things to improve if I want to be ready for New York. I going to work on that. I don't know if I will be in perfect conditions in New York, but for sure everything I will try.

Q. Will your fingers be healed by New York? Will they be better before the US Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: Hopefully. Fingers stays a little bit so-so. Fingers are not easy. Hopefully going to be okay for New York. :smash:

Q. Are those the worst blisters you've had on your hand?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is not a blister, it's a burn, so it's worse.

Q. Before the US Open last year you talked about changing your game a lot to try to win the US Open, being more aggressive...
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't change my game a lot last year to play the US Open. My serve worked really well, but I played well. I played well a lot of times on hard court, not only in the US Open last year. I won the Olympics; Montréal; I won Toronto; I won in Indian Wells twice; few finals in Miami.
So it's nothing that you think I played something very different last year in New York. No, I played well. That's what happened. I played well and the serve worked better than other times. That's what happened.

Q. Seems like when you've had hard court success you've been more aggressive. You haven't hit that many winners here in Cincinnati in this match or against Verdasco.
RAFAEL NADAL: When I am having success in hard court, in grass court, in clay court, is when I am playing well. Doesn't matter. If I am playing well, I can play aggressive. If I am not playing well, I cannot play aggressive because I don't have enough good feelings to do it.
If I am playing bad on clay, I don't win, I lose. If I am playing bad on grass, I lose. That's the sport. You play well, you have more chances to win; you play bad, you have more chances to lose.
I know seems like it's too simple, but is very simple. Tennis is a simple game. You don't have to think a lot what's going on. The thing is I have to work hard to be fast, to be enough fast to come inside the court and take the ball early.
I have to be ready to play with high intensity and with my best rhythm for four hours. I have to be ready to defend well and I have to be ready to be focused and for sure prepared well mentally to play the important moments of the matches.
So I didn't here. For example, in the break point of the second set with the 4-3 I had the big mistake with the forehand to the net with the second serve. So that's the chances when the match change.
I had mistake in the first ball, so that's what cannot happen if I want to have success in New York. That's what I going to try, and that's the sport.

Q. Mardy mentioned in the first set he was going forehand to your backhand a lot and you changed the rhythm on him in second set. What do you do to change that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I started to play slower later. Was a little bit too late. I started to play slower and trying to go inside the court when I had the chance, but I played a little bit too flat for a lot of moments. Open the court and his movements was very good. He had very good shots; his defense was good.
So later I tried to play more to the middle, a little bit longer, higher. I think it worked well, but it was too late. And I had the mistake with the break point. That's it.
I was a little bit unlucky at the beginning of the match.

Q. 2-All in the second set, you had a first serve called out and the replay showed it was good. You had a discussion with the chair umpire. What did he tell you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing. He's is fantastic umpire. It's he's not a bad umpire. Mohamed is one of the best umpires of the tour.You're right about that!

Q. Looked look you wanted the point...
RAFAEL NADAL: The best players of the world have mistakes, and the best umpires of the world have mistakes. Today he was wrong, because the call -- I didn't see the view on the TV, but I am 100% sure that the line said out after Mardy hit the ball.
I am 100% sure, so the point is for me. Sometimes I understand with the Hawk-Eye with these things, but, you know, they are the umpires and they're there to analyze what's going on. They have make the right decision.
He hit the ball after the line said out, so the point is for me. No doubt about that. I am talking only about that, this point. In general, that's not going to affect my lose today. Just talking about this moment.
For the rest he was playing better than me and he beat me.

Q. What do you have to change specifically to defend your US Open title? You mentioned you weren't playing well here and you need to play better. What specifically do you want to do for the Open that you didn't do here?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have to play my game. I have to play aggressive. I have to move faster. I have to play with more intensity and less mistakes. You know, sometimes play well -- is not the first time in my career that I am not playing that well, no? Last year I played terrible here, probably worse than this year.
Play well or play bad sometimes is just a click. It's very close. The important thing is be ready to change the situation and for sure be enough fresh mentally and physically, too, to have the view about what you really need to change the situation.
I going to realize with Francis here, Toni is coming on Tuesday. I have one week to practice before the beginning of the US Open, and I have to be ready for that. If I am not ready for that, that's it.
I had a lot success in my career, and is not going to be always like this.

Q. The burns look really bad. Was that just a normal plate or a metal thing?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, it was ceramic.

Q. They just put it in your hand?
RAFAEL NADAL: I just touch it like this.

Q. Really?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. It was very hot. I don't know why the people from the restaurant didn't tell me that the plate was that hot. And what were you doing touching that plate in the first place? :smash:

Q. Did you go back it that restaurant again?
RAFAEL NADAL: No thanks. Bad memories.

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Metis
08-21-2011, 03:49 PM
And what were you doing touching that plate in the first place? :smash:


Maria, Rafa had probably ordered a dish that was served in a hot plate, the waiter didn't warn him when he put it in front of him, he touched it and got burnt.

Thanks for posting the interviews.

star
08-21-2011, 04:16 PM
Rafa will never touch a plate with his bear hands again. :lol: :lol:

I hope he put the fingers in his ice water glass immediately. See? There is a reason for ice water. :p

p.s. Rafa knows the word “ceramic?” :worship:

Metis
08-21-2011, 05:09 PM
Rafa will never touch a plate with his bear hands again. :lol: :lol:

I hope he put the fingers in his ice water glass immediately. See? There is a reason for ice water. :p

p.s. Rafa knows the word “ceramic?” :worship:


Are you saying Rafa has ugly hands? :rolleyes:



As for "ceramic", it's the same word in Spanish. And yes, that word has a Greek origin. :D

MariaV
08-21-2011, 06:02 PM
Maria, Rafa had probably ordered a dish that was served in a hot plate, the waiter didn't warn him when he put it in front of him, he touched it and got burnt.

Thanks for posting the interviews.

Aahhhhhhhhhh, NOW I get it, it was not the ceramic STOVE plate but the plate where the food is on. But can it be THAT hot? :scratch: :o :o :tape:
I did not know that. Poor baby, I being so unfair to him. :awww: And you can see I am slow. :tape: :help:

Minn
08-22-2011, 01:16 AM
born_on_clay, Minn, Sonja1989, tennizen, Betty, Bjorki, hat_boy, Foxy, MariaV, Metis, vn01 and Xristos had high expectations from Rafa in this tournament; major intelligence FAIL.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/5/31/25d8b318-11bd-42e5-9537-c9ee8a3d889e.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/4818781696)

acionescu: another happy winner :lol:

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/8/2/8f1c1147-cb60-4380-abb4-81b8a8ee84a1.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3821271808) While I'm disappointed with Rafa's results, you've done a great job with the fail and win posts, Metis.

Rafa will never touch a plate with his bear hands again. :lol: :lol:

Are you saying Rafa has ugly hands? :rolleyes: They're kind of cute, actually:

http://mikefarrell.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/bearhands.jpg

(Sorry, Star. :hug:)

As for "ceramic", it's the same word in Spanish. And yes, that word has a Greek origin. :D Aren't they all?

star
08-22-2011, 04:46 AM
While I'm disappointed with Rafa's results, you've done a great job with the fail and win posts, Metis.



They're kind of cute, actually:

http://mikefarrell.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/bearhands.jpg

(Sorry, Star. :hug:)

Aren't they all?

:lol: My fingers typed a funny. :lol:

I want the gloves. :awww:

star
08-22-2011, 04:47 AM
Aahhhhhhhhhh, NOW I get it, it was not the ceramic STOVE plate but the plate where the food is on. But can it be THAT hot? :scratch: :o :o :tape:
I did not know that. Poor baby, I being so unfair to him. :awww: And you can see I am slow. :tape: :help:

But at lease you know bare and bear. :hug:

We will go to the old lady corner together. :o