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Nadal's post match interview 4-1-05

henree
04-01-2005, 10:36 PM
R. NADAL/D. Ferrer
6?4, 6?3


An interview with:


RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Rafael at 18 years 10 months, the youngest player to reach the final here in the tournament's 21?year history. He is looking to become the first Spanish player to win the tournament as well on Sunday.


Questions for Rafael.


Q. What do you call your pants? Are they pedal?pushers?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's okay. I like the shorts. It's comfortable. It's okay. I gonna play with the shorts all year, no.


Q. What do you call them?


RAFAEL NADAL: Pirates.


Q. You've won 15 matches in a row. You're coming off two straight titles. How confident are you that you're on top of your game right now going into the championship here?


RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I was play very good in South America. I think won the last tournaments is important for my confidence, no?


Here, I begin the tournament, the first matches, a little bit nervous against Schuettler. The second match is not easy against Verdasco. He was play very good the first match against Roddick. I only try play my best tennis and fight every match.


I am very happy with my tennis, no, because I am improve every day. I think today is not my best match, but against Ljubicic and Johansson, especially, I play very, very good match.


Q. In Copa Davis, why did you not play singles?


RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. In Copa Davis I think is good decision for the captain. Verdasco, he was playing very, very good here in indoor carpet. And for me, is, well (completed answer in Spanish)...


Q. Will you at all, if it is Federer in the final, be thinking back to that evening last year here?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think every match is different. And this is I have another year. I have 19 now...


Q. 18 (laughter).


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I have 18 now (laughing).


Last year I have 17. I really think I play one of my best matches. I think I improve in my shots and my serve. But the last year against Federer, I play one of my best matches in my career, no? I play unbelievable, and I really hope I play the same match this year...


TRANSLATOR: To play as well as he did last year, but also with improvements.


Q. Many players, when they play Federer, are intimidated, think that even when they go out on court.


RAFAEL NADAL: Normally, no? Federer won all matches. I hope Federer don't play one of his best matches. And if he don't play very, very well, and I play one of my best matches, I think I have a little bit chance, no, in case Federer win.


Q. So last year you played one of your best matches, but he didn't play one of his?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think he don't play good match last year, no, because he was the No. 1 and he is the No. 1. And if he play very good, and I play very good, he won (smiling).



Nadal is really a class act, and a very nice person. I am hoping Agassi wins against Fed. This way Nadal at least has a chance. LOL

Chloe le Bopper
04-01-2005, 10:37 PM
How can you NOT like a guy who calls his pants "pirates"? It just translates so well to english, that.

adeegee
04-01-2005, 10:38 PM
His English is funny! Good effort Rafa my boy :D

adelaide
04-01-2005, 10:39 PM
his english is great. makes me smile.

jole
04-01-2005, 10:41 PM
How can you NOT like a guy who calls his pants "pirates"? It just translates so well to english, that.

I agree.

name_change
04-01-2005, 10:46 PM
he's adorable!

Chloe le Bopper
04-01-2005, 10:47 PM
I agree.
I don't know WHERE you keep finding these avatars, but man... this current one made me laugh out loud. Holy cheese.

adeegee
04-01-2005, 10:49 PM
I don't know WHERE you keep finding these avatars, but man... this current one made me laugh out loud. Holy cheese.

I'd be inclined to agree. Its the pure oddness of all the pictures.

martirogi
04-01-2005, 10:54 PM
:bigclap:

jackieglover
04-01-2005, 10:55 PM
I don't know WHERE you keep finding these avatars, but man... this current one made me laugh out loud. Holy cheese.

TennisLurker's avatar is pure cheese. Hrbaty will top that one soon enough though

jole
04-01-2005, 11:02 PM
I don't know WHERE you keep finding these avatars, but man... this current one made me laugh out loud. Holy cheese.

I scan these in from shrines located on my bedroom's walls.

Clara Bow
04-01-2005, 11:21 PM
Nadal is just as cute as a bug's ear. His English is so cute.

That Connors pic....shudder.....he is frightengly cheesy. Mixed with his asshatty personality and you have one scary combination.

knight_ley
04-02-2005, 12:25 AM
Rafa :hearts:

Scotso
04-02-2005, 01:11 AM
Nice interview :hearts:

jbone_14
04-02-2005, 01:42 AM
R. NADAL/D. Ferrer
6?4, 6?3


An interview with:


RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Rafael at 18 years 10 months, the youngest player to reach the final here in the tournament's 21?year history. He is looking to become the first Spanish player to win the tournament as well on Sunday.


Questions for Rafael.


Q. What do you call your pants? Are they pedal?pushers?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's okay. I like the shorts. It's comfortable. It's okay. I gonna play with the shorts all year, no.


Q. What do you call them?


RAFAEL NADAL: Pirates.


Q. You've won 15 matches in a row. You're coming off two straight titles. How confident are you that you're on top of your game right now going into the championship here?


RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I was play very good in South America. I think won the last tournaments is important for my confidence, no?


Here, I begin the tournament, the first matches, a little bit nervous against Schuettler. The second match is not easy against Verdasco. He was play very good the first match against Roddick. I only try play my best tennis and fight every match.


I am very happy with my tennis, no, because I am improve every day. I think today is not my best match, but against Ljubicic and Johansson, especially, I play very, very good match.


Q. In Copa Davis, why did you not play singles?


RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. In Copa Davis I think is good decision for the captain. Verdasco, he was playing very, very good here in indoor carpet. And for me, is, well (completed answer in Spanish)...


Q. Will you at all, if it is Federer in the final, be thinking back to that evening last year here?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think every match is different. And this is I have another year. I have 19 now...


Q. 18 (laughter).


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I have 18 now (laughing).


Last year I have 17. I really think I play one of my best matches. I think I improve in my shots and my serve. But the last year against Federer, I play one of my best matches in my career, no? I play unbelievable, and I really hope I play the same match this year...


TRANSLATOR: To play as well as he did last year, but also with improvements.


Q. Many players, when they play Federer, are intimidated, think that even when they go out on court.


RAFAEL NADAL: Normally, no? Federer won all matches. I hope Federer don't play one of his best matches. And if he don't play very, very well, and I play one of my best matches, I think I have a little bit chance, no, in case Federer win.


Q. So last year you played one of your best matches, but he didn't play one of his?


RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think he don't play good match last year, no, because he was the No. 1 and he is the No. 1. And if he play very good, and I play very good, he won (smiling).



Nadal is really a class act, and a very nice person. I am hoping Agassi wins against Fed. This way Nadal at least has a chance. LOL


That is soo funny when he says he has 18 years because in Spanish they use the verb tener to have instead of estar, which is weird. Sounds like a jail term. :lol:

Chloe le Bopper
04-02-2005, 01:58 AM
That is soo funny when he says he has 18 years because in Spanish they use the verb tener to have instead of estar, which is weird. Sounds like a jail term. :lol:
They do the same thing in French. Me thinks it's English that has it backwards :D

jbone_14
04-02-2005, 02:15 AM
They do the same thing in French. Me thinks it's English that has it backwards :D

I think yall are backward j/k :) you dont have years (like a jail sentence), you are your age. :lol:

TennisLurker
04-02-2005, 02:17 AM
No one can top my Novotna avatar

Chloe le Bopper
04-02-2005, 02:18 AM
Nah. I think I have years. I've acquired them through experience ;) They don't define me :angel:

Chloe le Bopper
04-02-2005, 02:18 AM
No one can top my Novotna avatar
True, but that won't stop us from dying trying.

RonE
04-02-2005, 02:19 AM
I must say I am very impressed by the way he handles things on and off the court- he seems to have a maturity beyond his years- it is not something every player at that stage in their career has.

TennisLurker
04-02-2005, 02:20 AM
I lost my Bikini Mary Pierce Avatar

;(

joseluismb
04-02-2005, 02:22 AM
When you hear his accent, it's even funnier! BTW in ESPN LatinAmerica I saw another interview (in Spanish this time). Is that guy really 18? Those words seemed to be comming out of Andre's, Pete's, Börg's or any other legend's mouth!

TennisLurker
04-02-2005, 02:24 AM
His strokes remind me of Bruguera, but Nadal is a fighter, Sergi wasnt.

Rafa is like the hytpothetical left handed son of Bruguera and Hewitt, if men could have children, like in the schwarzenegger movie.

jole
04-02-2005, 02:30 AM
Rafa is like the hytpothetical left handed son of Bruguera and Hewitt, if men could have children, like in the schwarzenegger movie.

Did this happen in one of your legendary tennis dreams?

RonE
04-02-2005, 02:48 AM
Speaking of scary Connors pics, post match interviews and Andre Agassi I remember one interview from Andre when he was Rafi's age after he defeated Connors in the quarters of the US Open in 1988- 6-2,7-6,6-1. In that press conference when asked if it was easier than expected Andre said he actually expected it to be something like 2, 2 and 1 :lol:

Connors being the terrier that he is nearly made him eat his words and when they played again at the Open the following year pushed Agassi into five tough sets even bagelling him in one of the sets he won :tape:

Action Jackson
04-02-2005, 09:18 AM
His strokes remind me of Bruguera, but Nadal is a fighter, Sergi wasnt.

Rafa is like the hytpothetical left handed son of Bruguera and Hewitt, if men could have children, like in the schwarzenegger movie.

I know during the DC final commentators were gushing over Nadal and comparing him to Muster for his relentlessness on court.

Considering he couldn't speak English a year ago, he has done very well.

~EMiLiTA~
04-02-2005, 10:34 AM
awwww Rafa...he's so adorable...I really hope he can win tomorrow...he seems to just take everything in his stride so well!