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Rafa to bring sexy back to Indian Wells

Johnny Groove
02-28-2007, 08:12 PM
AKA, the IW thread! :banana:

Lopaka
02-28-2007, 10:52 PM
I'm starting to do my happy dance and counting the hours before I board the airplane for Palm Springs and INDIAN WELLS.:yippee: :bounce: :yippee:

nevermind
03-01-2007, 08:56 AM
Hello Lopaka !!!!
Nice to talk to you here :hug:
Thanks to you I found this site .. I still have to catch up a lot :eek:
Ooooh you lucky lucky .. :devil: i wish i could come with you !
But I'm sure you'll think of us & i hope you have a great time & maybe get the chance to meet Rafa again ??
Counting of the days i was at 28 & now it's only a couple of hours !!
VAMOS LOPAKA !
:wavey:

MariaV
03-01-2007, 08:59 AM
Have a great time in IW Lopaka and welcome to MTF nevermind, lovely avvy btw! :wavey:

partygirl
03-01-2007, 09:02 AM
i just want to say i'm all for the title occuring;)

nevermind
03-01-2007, 10:14 AM
Have a great time in IW Lopaka and welcome to MTF nevermind, lovely avvy btw! :wavey:

Thank you MariaV for the welcome ! ;)
The avy is a picture from a German magazine a few weeks ago where Rafa was in...
I was totally :drool: when i saw it the 1st time ...
:wavey:

Lopaka
03-01-2007, 03:03 PM
Hello Lopaka !!!!
Nice to talk to you here :hug:
Thanks to you I found this site .. I still have to catch up a lot :eek:
Ooooh you lucky lucky .. :devil: i wish i could come with you !
But I'm sure you'll think of us & i hope you have a great time & maybe get the chance to meet Rafa again ??
Counting of the days i was at 28 & now it's only a couple of hours !!
VAMOS LOPAKA !
:wavey:


:bigwave: Hey nevermind glad to see you followed my suggestion. I find MTF is a good change and reality check from my regular Rafa cheering spot.

Besides the IW tournament I'm also looking forward to being in the same time zone as Rafa for a while.:yeah:

Xristos
03-01-2007, 04:10 PM
Cant we wait for Dubai to finish? Geeze.

yana
03-01-2007, 07:06 PM
Cant we wait for Dubai to finish? Geeze.

Is finished now...:sad:

Johnny Groove
03-01-2007, 11:23 PM
i just want to say i'm all for the title occuring;)

im sure you do

Cant we wait for Dubai to finish? Geeze.

why do you always have some negative shit to say? :retard:

cmurray
03-02-2007, 12:19 AM
what were Rafa's results at IW last year? Does anyone remember? I seem to recall that he didn't have ALL that many points to defend until the clay season?

Xristos
03-02-2007, 12:33 AM
Sf I think.

Lopaka
03-02-2007, 02:28 AM
2006 IW Semi final with 225 points. Because Rafa did poorly and lost in the 1st round at Miami he has 230 points to defend total for his up coming appearances. With the Dubai loss and taking into account Chennai and AO, Rafa will lose 65 points between what he had at this time in 2006 and now.

Rafa could use good tournaments at both Indian Wells and Miami.

Inspite of being upset with the "Hawkeye" system from what I saw on streaming video Rafa looked better at Dubai than he has in some time. I hope he lets go of today's loss and looks forward to his up coming Master's tournaments.

PoderShileno
03-03-2007, 04:42 PM
Vamossssssss Matador¡¡¡¡¡¡

linus
03-03-2007, 04:52 PM
Good luck to Rafa one more week and every dear here :angel:

Tess Gray
03-04-2007, 04:34 PM
Vamos chico!:D
Too bad I can't see it live here... :(

NicoFan
03-07-2007, 12:24 AM
VAMOS RAFA! Buena suerte! :hug:

(1)FEDERER, Roger SUI vs BYE
Q vs HAJEK, Jan CZE
MOYA, Carlos ESP vs Q
BYE vs (25)STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(19)HEWITT, Lleyton AUS vs BYE
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA
HORNA, Luis PER vs VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
BYE vs (14)FERRER, David ESP

(12)DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB vs BYE
GINEPRI, Robby USA vs (wc)KENDRICK, Robert USA
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS vs GREUL, Simon GER
BYE vs (20)TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS

(27)MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs BYE
MONFILS, Gael FRA vs BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
PLESS, Kristian DEN vs SERRA, Florent FRA
BYE vs (6)BLAKE, James USA

(4)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs BYE
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL vs (wc)QUERREY, Sam USA
HENMAN, Tim GBR vs HERNYCH, Jan CZE
BYE vs (28)CALLERI, Agustin ARG

(23)SAFIN, Marat RUS vs BYE
MONACO, Juan ARG vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
Q vs Q
BYE vs (13)MURRAY, Andy GBR

(9)HAAS, Tommy GER vs BYE
Q vs Q
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL vs Q
BYE vs (24)HRBATY, Dominik SVK

(26)SODERLING, Robin SWE vs BYE
GIMELSTOB, Justin USA vs BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA
DANCEVIC, Frank CAN vs Q
BYE vs (5)GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI

(8)LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO vs BYE
BECKER, Benjamin GER vs Q
MIRNYI, Max BLR vs JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE
BYE vs (31)ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP

(21)FISH, Mardy USA vs BYE
MARTIN, Alberto ESP vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR
BYE vs (10)NALBANDIAN, David ARG

(15)GASQUET, Richard FRA vs BYE
(wc)KUERTEN, Gustavo BRA vs DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG vs GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
BYE vs (18)NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

(29)MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs BYE
KOUBEK, Stefan AUT vs SPADEA, Vincent USA
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP vs ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
BYE vs (3)RODDICK, Andy USA

(7)ROBREDO, Tommy ESP vs BYE
SIMON, Gilles FRA vs Q
PHAU, Bjorn GER vs BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
BYE vs (30)CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG

(17)BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP vs BYE
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP vs MASSU, Nicolas CHI
(wc)RUSSELL, Michael USA vs GICQUEL, Marc FRA
BYE vs (11)BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(16)YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs BYE
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
MAYER, Florian GER vs KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
BYE vs (22)FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP

(32)VERDASCO, Fernando ESP vs BYE
Q vs (wc)KUZNETSOV, Alex USA
Q vs CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
BYE vs (2)NADAL, Rafael ESP

Sunset of Age
03-07-2007, 01:11 AM
Very, very TOUGH draw.
Anyway I hope he'll do well. As always.

Vamos Rafa...!

Mimi
03-07-2007, 01:32 AM
oh my god, such a tough draw again :mad: , but good luck, rafa, you can do it :worship:

linus
03-10-2007, 12:35 PM
well, Rafa will play Clement hours later. Fight up :banana:

lets one win one time :yeah:

Vamos :)

MaryWalsh
03-10-2007, 02:18 PM
As long as there are no bees on court Rafa will be fine ;)

GO RAFA!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Maïder
03-10-2007, 02:56 PM
Rafael Nadal Interview - March 9
Posted on March 10, 2007


Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.



Q. How would you summarize your start to this year, not as many matches as last year, but?
RAFAEL NADAL: What can you say?

Q. How would you sum up the start of your year so far?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I was playing a good tournament in Australia. I wasn't play too much, just play three tournaments and then play one semi final, go to quarter finals. Well, it's better than last year for ten points, but, no, the real thing is while I think I improve better, but was not -- was not bad, no.

Q. Are you happy with where your game right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. Really, right now, I am playing well. I was playing in Dubai my best tennis of the year, for sure. It happened. I improve. I work hard. And right now, I feel so much better than Australia. The result sometimes is difficult, and when you are on court, sometimes you can win, you can lose, no? But right now, I feel better on court.

Q. The results you're getting, if you're not winning, is it more mental or physical or technical?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. No, sometimes you need little bit more confidence. Sometimes you need to win an important match for to get the confidence. And right now, every tournament, in quarter finals, semi finals, quarter finals, quarter finals. So in every tournament that I am there, I just need little bit more and go to the next one and play one final. That's it.
No, I'm happy because I am playing my best everything, every tournament. But sometimes you have bit of lagging and sometimes you have no luck. But I play my best and I many in the final rounds.

Q. Where did the confidence go after Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. You had a great run, Roland Garros, get to the Wimbledon finals, and no more titles. Did your confidence go away? And when did the confidence start to leave?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am with -- no, not the confidence go away. No, I make quarter finals in Cincinnati, quarter finals in U.S. Open. I never play the quarter finals in U.S. Open. I never play the quarter finals in Australia, and I played the semi finals in Shanghai. It was not bad at all, for sure, but the truth is, I was playing -- I wasn't playing so much tournaments. If you saw my career goal and my 14 tournaments -- 14 or -- yeah, 14 or 13 tournaments on clay and four on hard. So I just play on hard all the time and semi finals, quarter finals, quarter finals.
So sometimes you can win and sometimes you can lose, but the truth is I play every time very hard tournaments with the best players of the world, and I can win the tournament. But the last six months, I wasn't win. But I don't know the reason. I just try my best always, and every tournament that I try to improve the last one.

Q. Larry Stefanki said that Gonzalez has the best forehand in the game at the moment.
RAFAEL NADAL: Who?

Q. Gonzalez.
RAFAEL NADAL: Who say that?

Q. Larry, the coach, Gonzalez's coach. And I'm wondering what do you think about that? Maybe you think that you have the best forehand?
RAFAEL NADAL: Me? Not me.

Q. Or Federer?
RAFAEL NADAL: Huh?

Q. Or Federer?
RAFAEL NADAL: Me, no. But for me, I have better forehand than Gonzalez. My opinion. Different, but I prefer Federer. If you say me, you can choose one. I choose Federer. That's it.

Q. Do you think sometimes people forget that you're still very young and developing and that they expect you to win so many titles because of how great you were last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sometimes the people forgot I have 20 years old. That's true. I have 17 titles in two years. That's true. But well, I need always little bit more time playing without this pressure in every tournament. You need to win. Well, I try my best always, but I know I -- I can lose every match. I can win every one. But that's it. I just want to play, enjoy the -- my career. I enjoy the tennis because I love play with -- play with little bit pressure, with the competition, and I don't want more pressure. That's not (in Spanish).
MEDIA: (Translated from Spanish)I don't want more pressure than I really have already.
RAFAEL NADAL: Because I enjoy playing tennis and I just have to again improve my tennis. I can't stop. And sometimes when you are improving, it's not easy to win. I just want to -- I'm trying to be best player every year, and sometimes, especially, my goal is be prepared if any day I have the chance to be No. 1.

Q. The last time Spain played the United States in Seville, it was extraordinary. You played brilliantly. What are your memories of that final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it was one of my best -- my best moments in my career, for sure. I almost felt special, for sure, unbelievable. And playing in your country, for your country, and with 20,000 -- 27,000 people, so that's very impressive, very much an honor.

Q. And what are your thoughts on the upcoming match against the U.S.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, we'll see. We are not favorites, but we will see.

Q. Have you been to North Carolina before?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, not yet.

Q. And finally, earlier today James Blake was very, very happy about the hole-in-one he got on the golf course?
RAFAEL NADAL: Hole-in-one? I never. I never have won.

Q. So what is the best you've done in another sport aside from tennis?
RAFAEL NADAL: My best what?

Q. Result.
RAFAEL NADAL: Not much (laughter). I have some (indiscernible) in golf, and I won the, I don't know, I want to say the champion of Spain -- no, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, you know?

Q. Yes.
RAFAEL NADAL: So if you know where three islands -- not very big.

Q. What did you win?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not very big, but very nice. We won -- I was playing football with my team in my small village, and we won.

Q. Roger said he was a striker. What was your position on the team?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am a (asking in Spanish) striker, also.
Striker also, lefty. Unbelievable lefty. Unbelievable --

Q. A hook.
RAFAEL NADAL: Very nice. Always.

Q. Like Beckham?
RAFAEL NADAL: Beckham. Beckham in a lefty.

Q. Are you surprised that the U.S. picked indoor hard courts instead of grass for the tie?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. I prefer grass than indoor.

Q. (Indiscernible).
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I love playing on grass. You forgot, but I play the final in Wimbledon.

Q. We didn't forget, but it just seemed --
RAFAEL NADAL: No, really. Really. I speaking really not well. Surely it's difficult anyway, in grass or on hard, because he has unbelievable double players, No. 3 in the world, Roddick, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and he play very well in grass, in indoor and every -- every way.
So maybe it going to be very difficult confrontation. If we play on clay, gonna be very difficult, but maybe we are favorites. Outside of clay, any other surface, we have chances, but they are favorite.

Q. Is it possible that this year Roger Federer would win Roland Garros but Rafael would win Wimbledon? Is that a possibility?
RAFAEL NADAL: If you have any paper and I can sign, I gonna sign.

Q. You have seen most of the world now traveling around on the tour. I know that you love your Mallorca, but is there any other place that you might consider living some day?
RAFAEL NADAL: I love a lot of places. I like a lot of places, but you was never in Mallorca? So I prefer Mallorca, for sure, more than any other place. Because I am with lot of calm there, all is very easy, I can go to play golf easier, ten minutes by car. I can go to anyway. I can go to the beach. I love to go with the boat and fishing. I can do every, always that, and, yes, I love Mallorca.

Q. You said a lot that you need to improve everything in your game, but take maybe one or two parts that you really feel like you need to --
RAFAEL NADAL: Always the same ones. The serve. For sure, the serve. Every year I improve more and more. I am trying to play a little bit more aggressive. I am playing a little bit more aggressive this year, and, well, I can improve for sure, the volley, everything, but especially the mentality for play with my forehand. And I am doing that, so I am happy. I am happy I play very -- I play my best tournament in Dubai this year, so I am very happy for that because I enjoy playing tennis in Dubai.

Q. Do you think you may play Youzhny again here?
RAFAEL NADAL: We will see. I haven't forgot.

Q. What about him gives you so many problems?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have some victories against Youzhny and some losers. Well, he was playing very well there in Dubai. He was coming with big confidence winning. The title in Rotterdam, that's it, I have my chances, but I can't. Finally, I fight a lot in the last games, but he served very well and that's it. If we gonna play here, gonna be very good too, maybe, because I am in third round, third round, so I will love change -- come to the third round and play against him all the time

Q. Most everyone in tennis was surprised that you had that great run at Wimbledon and reached the final. Two things: Were you surprised, and what is it that you love so much about playing on grass?
RAFAEL NADAL: I surprised, for sure. But that's true. But I was dreaming about playing good on grass. It's a special sensation, special feelings, and if you, Spanish -- achieve? If you can achieve and understand the court and run good, because it's difficult to run on grass, it's very, very nice play on grass court. You can enjoy a lot, so I was having a great feelings last year and I enjoy a lot playing, practicing anyway is very nice.
THE MODERATOR: Last question.

Q. Since you play Youzhny, did you learn some Russian expressions?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. Right now, I need to try and improve my English. That's it.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.
RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much.

End of FastScripts

Johnny Groove
03-10-2007, 03:46 PM
Q. Is it possible that this year Roger Federer would win Roland Garros but Rafael would win Wimbledon? Is that a possibility?
RAFAEL NADAL: If you have any paper and I can sign, I gonna sign.

:haha:

yana
03-10-2007, 05:21 PM
Q. Do you think you may play Youzhny again here?
RAFAEL NADAL: We will see. I haven't forgot.

Hope not, Rafa. Time for revenge. ;)

tangerine_dream
03-10-2007, 09:49 PM
For those of you who can't access any live stream for IW, Rafa's match with Clement is about to start and you can listen to it live on www.radiotennis.com.

The commentator, Ken Thomas, is talking about how the stadium is filling up quickly after mostly empty seats during the Henman match and the women's match. The Americans love Rafa. They gave him a huge cheer when he walked out onto the stadium. :D

MariaV
03-10-2007, 11:45 PM
Good to hear that Tangy, and thanks for dropping by! :D
Rafa beat Arnaud Clement 6-3 7-6 (3). He couldn't serve the match out at 5-3 after breaking Clement's serve (Clement broke right back) but finally got it done in the TB.
Next up Verdasco or Seppi. Vamos! :banana: :yippee: :bounce: :bigclap:

OK, and I'm finally off to sleep! :wavey:

mallorn
03-11-2007, 10:24 AM
From DPA via playfuls.com:
Nadal Forehand On Fire As Spaniard Advances At Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal won his 10th match of the season, using his bludgeoning forehand to good effect in a 6- 3, 7-6 (7-3) win Saturday over Frenchman Arnaud Clement to reach the third round at the Indian Wells Masters.

The Spanish world number 2, beaten last week in the quarter-finals in Dubai, is still in the hunt for his first title since lifting a second Roland Garros crown in June. His last final was Wimbledon 2006 against Roger Federer.

Last year's semi-finalist began against Clement with a love game to break but found the terrain rougher after taking the first set.

The Spaniard fired 10 aces and saved five of the six break points he faced.

"I feel very good with my forehand," said the winner. "I've been practising very well, especially with my forehand. This was one of my best matches for it. Ten aces don't happen every day for me. My forehand felt the best since 2005."

Clement, ranked 53rd, still gave the Spaniard a late fright, breaking as Nadal served for the match leading 5-3 in the second set. After taking the contest into a tiebreaker, Nadal finally prevailed.

"I'm looking forward to Indian Wells and Miami after," said world number 2 Nadal.

"These two tournaments are very important for every player. They're the two first Master Series of the season. There are a lot of points, and I'm gonna try my best to play very good tournaments."

(…)

http://www.playfuls.com/news_0000008777_Nadal_Forehand_On_Fire_As_Spaniard _Advances_At_Indian_Wells.html

From The Wrap - looks like it was seriously hot yesterday.
IW: Superman Practices, Stares

Posted 03/10/2007 @ 11 :04 PM

It can’t be an accident that people come to the desert to do their consciousness-altering. A few hours in this strange, dry, diffuse, all-encompassing, deceptive heat is enough to make you start seeing things. I sat and watched a terrific first set between Jose Acasuso and Mikhail Youzhny without being able to shake the feeling that there was something hazy and buzzing right in front of my eyes. An air-conditioned press room was the only thing that saved me. Lucky me—I may still be wandering in a daze if I had to stay outside all day. So, that said, you may want to take a few of these Day 2 observations with a grain of salt. (…)

9:00 A.M.: Overheard by Sarah Unke in the Holiday Inn breakfast room: A woman reviewing the assets of one 20-year-old Spaniard named Rafael Nadal—“I can’t wait to see Nadal. Those guns and those buns!” Sarah said she laughed so loud the group of ladies looked over at her. She had to pretend she was laughing at something she was reading on her computer.

11:00: It’s practice time, and Nadal is back at it, going through a full, fast, 60-minute workout two hours before he’s scheduled to play a match. Today he starts a little distracted, maybe edgy or nervous. He gets the nerves out by drilling a couple forehands into the back fence. After that, he settles in and you can hear him grunting from four courts away.

Just like yesterday, while Nadal grunts, Andy Murray is busy moaning a few courts away. (…)

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2007/03/iw_superman_pra.html#comments

mallorn
03-11-2007, 10:31 AM
Rafa's presser:
March 10, 2007

Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You came out striking the ball very well today, hitting the forehand extremely well. Are you playing well? Feel good?
RAFAEL NADAL: No.

Q. No?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I feel very good with my forehand, not better than the last months for sure. Was for me, I was practicing very well, especially with my forehand. Maybe that been one of my best moments with my forehand. I serve very well the first set. I have ten aces, and that's not every day for me. The second set I have some mistakes, three double faults in one game, two double faults another one. And the backhand in the end of the first set, I can't put one backhand inside the court. That's true, no?
But, well, I was playing very well with the forehand and that's important and I win the match. I have 5-3 in the second set, I lost this game playing bad. That's it. I'm happy.
Tomorrow I play doubles. That's important for practice a little bit more. But I am not worried a lot because I'm practicing very well. Just take a little bit more confidence with the backhand.

Q. Do you continue to adjust to hard courts? Would you say it looks like maybe you're hitting flatter shots, more aggressive?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I'm trying to play more, something with the forehand, for sure. I'm playing very well, the forehand. That's very important because I, in the last months, was playing not the same, not like with this (speaking Spanish).
THE MODERATOR: Aggressive.
RAFAEL NADAL: Not like this, a little bit more defensive, and right now, I change. I play very, very good in Dubai, with the forehand especially. And in the last months, I improve a lot with my forehand.

Q. What about the 126-mile-an-hour serve, that's pretty fast?
RAFAEL NADAL: How much in kilometers?

Q. 200.
RAFAEL NADAL: 200, a little bit more.
THE MODERATOR: 210.

Q. But that's awfully fast. Have you improved your serve? You seem like you're further out, more aggressive on the serve.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. I play -- I was serving well the first set. That's important, ten aces, getting a lot of points with the serve. Playing good with the outside serve in advantage.
I think in the deuce, I change sometimes with kick in the deuce outside, during some important moments. That's important. But just take a little bit more confidence with the serve, the second set. That's important. That I have three double faults on one game and two double faults on another.

Q. You said you decided to be more aggressive with your forehand, not so defensive. When did you make that decision and why?
RAFAEL NADAL: It's not decision. The game -- you play (speaking Spanish).
Yeah, the court is -- in this court, I play a little more aggressive, I know that. And now I have very good feelings for play like this, no? So, well, if I don't have the feelings, I can't play more aggressive, no? But if I have a very good feeling with the forehand, that's the most important thing for me, because when I am playing well, I feel very well with the forehand.

Q. When did you last feel this good?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. When was the last time you felt as good as you feel right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, today I play bad with the forehand -- with the backhand, but with the forehand.
THE MODERATOR: (Translating to Spanish.)
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, maybe today was not my best match, but for sure the practice, the feeling in the forehand is a long time away, long ago. I don't know, 2005, maybe, yeah? I think.

Q. Can you explain more than that, are you saying in 2005, you felt better or worse than before?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Right now I feel within my best moment with the forehand, so that's it. I don't know, seem like a little bit better because I improve, for sure. I play better now than 2005.
The win is a lot, is another thing, but play well and to improve the tennis, I am more complete tennis player right now than 2005, no?

Q. What's your approach on the return of serve now as to when your return of serve, returning, as to when you're playing much further behind the baseline and then moving a little bit more?
RAFAEL NADAL: I'm trying not go (speaking Spanish). Not trying when the other serve go behind, just stay in the same place or go a little bit (speaking Spanish).
THE MODERATOR: Further.
RAFAEL NADAL: Further. New word. That's good. That always is important. So I learn.

Q. Further inside?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

Q. Are you looking forward to the clay season?
RAFAEL NADAL: I looking forward for Indian Wells, and Miami after. After. These two tournaments very important for me and for every player, because it's the two first Master Series of the season, and there's a lot of points, and I gonna try my best to play very good tournaments.

Q. Do you feel like you played your best tennis on hard courts during the last year? Have you showed your best tennis on hard courts?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I was playing very well in Shanghai and Wimbledon, but not hard, on grass. I don't remember a lot of times. In Dubai, I was playing well the last year and this year, too. Well, on clay, I just I play. I won a lot of matches, but in my opinion. I play very well in semifinals and final of Monte Carlo, and I play my best. I play bad in Barcelona, I won. I play bad, in my opinion. My best tournament was in Rome on clay.

Q. Do you feel moving on hard courts, running, is it much different than clay? Does it affect your strokes?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's different. It's different. Well on clay, you can --

Q. Slide?
RAFAEL NADAL: -- slide and more. That's easier for me because I play a lot of times on clay and for the Spaniards, it's easy.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. Thank you. It's my best tournament not bells tournament.
I'm sure you're past it already but I heard manila up there.

End of FastScripts

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=41688

Derek1206
03-11-2007, 08:01 PM
Rafa. :clap2:

Keep going. ;)

Alonsofz
03-11-2007, 08:52 PM
Hey guys! I have a friend who is friend of Rafa! He will do an interview to Rafa for another forum, but I can post it here! :D

Rafa :rocker2:

veyonce
03-12-2007, 02:44 AM
Thanks, Alonsofz!!! Looking forward to it.

Can't believe Federer lost...

The Times
Nadal given measure of reality over aspects of power game
March 12, 2007
Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Indian Wells, California

Rafael Nadal was congratulated by a coach in possession of a media badge yesterday for uncorking a serve of 122mph — the conclusion being that the Spaniard’s powers were in commendable shape.

The statistics sheets for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour then landed and it was revealed that Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, a 36-year-old, had nailed one at 126mph, so Nadal needs to keep working on that muscle definition.

As plain Brenda Schultz, from Haarlem in the Netherlands, she began her career at 17, rose to No 9 in the world rankings in 1996, reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals, then married, settled in Big Sky, Montana, dropped off the tour in 1999, returned a couple of years ago and finished third in the 2006 serving list behind the Williams sisters.

She has never lacked for packing a punch, and in that she and Nadal have a great deal in common.

Nadal may have collected five titles last year and beaten Roger Federer four times in the process, but winning ten of 14 matches this year as opposed to Federer’s 12 of 12 (before the world No 1 began his Pacific Open campaign early this morning against Guillermo Cañas, of Argentina, a lucky loser from qualifying) is regarded as a false start. Being the second-best player in the world means always having to be compared with the Swiss, and he is way out in front.

The 20-year-old takes it all in good heart and his tendency to good-naturedness is seen by some as a sign of subservience. People should know him better by now. He is working on improving his demonstrable strengths, the service action has been modified and has brought him more accuracy and power, his forehand is showing signs of being at its imperious best and, as he put Arnaud Clément, of France, to the sword in the second round here, only the fragility of his backhand was a concern.

“Maybe today was not my best match,” he said of his 6-3, 7-6 victory. “But, for sure, in the practice and at some times today the feeling in the forehand is [that] of a long time away, 2005 maybe. I feel within my best moment with the forehand.”

“To play well is important and I am a more complete player today. I served ten aces as well, getting a lot of points with the serve, especially good with the outside serve to the advantage box.”

Each of these is a development that may not seem that much to the naked eye, but in the scheme of Nadal’s bigger plans for the years ahead, to be competitive on each surface, to make sure that he remains in as many tournaments as he can to keep nagging away at Federer’s dominance, they are significant improvement.

Watching Nadal and Clément club the ball with such force, one was reminded that, a few hours earlier on the same court, Tim Henman had been unable to put away an opponent to whom he ought never to lose. Surely, with more matches under his belt in the recent past, the 32-year-old would have treated Jan Hernych, of the Czech Republic, with disdain. Then again, many of these glitches have been witnessed when Henman is in a supposed rich vein.

Hernych’s game is typical of so many of those ranked players between 50 and 100, who have all the shots but cannot summon the ones they need often enough to be considered a significant threat.

What rankled Henman more than anything was, having recovered from dropping the first set, he snatched at chances that he would normally accept with calm authority.

First, at 4-3 and deuce, he allowed a corrected service-line call to distract him, then he was handed the chance to serve for the match at 5-4 after Hernych slashed at three forehands, only to respond with too many errors of his own.

How often has Henman, the ball on his strings a foot from the net, or even in mid-court, dumped a volley into the tramlines?

One half-step forward, one sideways, one back — one senses that this could be the way of things this year for the British No 2.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article1499699.ece

Sean.J.S.
03-12-2007, 11:59 AM
Go Rafa but I want Fer to win. :p

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:18 AM
Let's go Rafa!

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:21 AM
Rafa won the coin toss and elected to receive.

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:27 AM
Verdasco holds to love. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Rafa to serve 0-1

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:29 AM
Rafa returns the favor and holds at love.

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:33 AM
Verdasco serving very well, winning cheap points on his serve. Rafa is returning serve from the bleachers. Argh!!!!!!!!!!!!

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:38 AM
Serve 1 df, but holds for 2 all

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:39 AM
Geez this place is dead. I need some energy.;-)

Veronique
03-13-2007, 02:40 AM
I'll go join the crowd on the IW scoring thread now. Verdasco has only dropped 2 points on serve so far. He leads 3-2 on serve.

Alonsofz
03-13-2007, 04:05 AM
Rafa d. Verdasco 6-3 6-4 :worship:

Next target, JCF... :fiery:

minhngoc
03-13-2007, 04:14 AM
Come on Nadal. Ferderer is out. Don't you dare pull another Cinci '06 to me !

Xristos
03-13-2007, 04:22 AM
Vamooo!

MariaV
03-13-2007, 06:48 AM
Good win for Rafael. 6-4 6-4. :D Now against Ferrero please play better than at Cincy last year. :banana: :yippee: :bigclap:
Only Susan's report with quotes. :D

Indian Wells: Nadal Cruises Into Fourth Round
by Susan Simmons Seemiller

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open with his fifth consecutive defeat over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. His 6-4, 6-4 victory sets up a clash with another compatriot, Juan-Carlos Ferrero, who defeated Nadal in the quarterfinals of last year's Cincinnati Masters.

After beating Verdasco in Miami in 2005, Nadal observed that his game matches up well against the fellow left-hander. That proved true tonight as the World No. 2 took advantage of Verdasco's errors, particularly on the forehand side. At 4-4 in the first set, Verdasco saved two breakpoints before Nadal earned another with a backhand passing shot. A missed volley gave the 20-year-old the break and ultimately the set.

The second set followed the same pattern. Verdasco saved breakpoints in his third service game, but was unable to pressure Nadal's serve. He was broken again at 4-4, allowing Nadal to comfortably serve out the match.

Nadal credits his victory on his aggressive play. "I know that it's for me to take the rhythm of the game [when I play Fernando]," he said. "Because in the movement, I am better than him. And playing, touching the ball, he's better than me. So when I have the chance and take the initiative, I am trying always, always taking the initiative with the forehand."

The second seed is not taking Tuesday's match for granted. "Ferrero is a very, very good player," Nadal said. "He was playing good last week, played the final in Brazil, semifinals in Acapulco. . . . So he's coming with confidence, no, so we will see tomorrow."

Nadal was surprised, but not shocked, that lucky loser Guillermo Canas defeated World No. 1 Roger Federer in the second round on Sunday. Nadal explained, "He's not a normal lucky loser. It's Guillermo Canas [who] is one of the best players in the world that is coming back unbelievable. So [Federer] lost against very good player. Well, it's a surprise for sure, but always the first round is very difficult, and Canas played a very, very good match."


http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=18263

The pressconf transcript is still not up.

Sean.J.S.
03-13-2007, 07:30 AM
Well done Rafa. I wanted Fer to win though. :sad:

MariaV
03-13-2007, 12:56 PM
From the OS
Nadal, Roddick Step Up Title Chase

Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick emphasized their positions as the top contenders to inherit the Pacific Life Open title with straight-sets victories Monday to move onto the fourth round.

Meanwhile, 2006 finalist and sixth seed James Blake followed the unfortunate course of three-time defending champion Roger Federer and two-time champion Lleyton Hewitt as he bowed out in early action.

Nadal, who fell to Blake in the 2006 semifinals, denied compatriot Fernando Verdasco any break opportunities as he recorded the 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 27 minutes.

"I am playing fine," Nadal said. "I feel very good. My forehand, that's very true, and I feel better today with my backhand, for sure, than the other day. That's important improvement. With the serve, today was playing all time very serious, comfortable, trying to have a good percentage and that's it."

The 20-year-old earned a fourth round showdown with another Spaniard, former ATP World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who saved three match points in the second set tie-break en route to a 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 win over Jose Acasuso after the Argentine had come back from a 2-5 deficit in the second set.

"He's a very, very good player," Nadal said about Ferrero. "He was winning today with three match points, so he's coming with confidence."
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/1/news/atp4.1.asp

MariaV
03-13-2007, 01:02 PM
And finally the transcript.

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 12, 2007

Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is that what you expected from him? You played him five times now and beaten him all five times.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know him very well, no? He's a very, very graceful player. And, well, if he has -- he is playing well, it's very difficult playing against him, no? He hits the ball very hard. It's very difficult, but sometimes if you are waiting, you have chance, no, because he play very, very hard ball, but he has some mistakes.

Q. Did you just say that you were not feeling very well?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Did you say you were not feeling very well?
RAFAEL NADAL: Me?

Q. Yes.
RAFAEL NADAL: When?

Q. No, just now.
RAFAEL NADAL: No.

Q. Sorry, I misunderstood
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no.

Q. You weren't completely waiting for mistakes. Were you trying to move him out of position and then maybe take your chances?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. You were saying that he can make mistakes, but sometimes you move him out of position, and then you take your chance, Verdasco?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, when I have the chance, I know. I know that it's for me to take the rhythm of the game. Because in the movement, I am better than him. And playing, touching the ball, he's better than me. So I know if I get the rhythm of the game, I have more chances than him, no?
So when I have the chance and take the initiative, I am trying always, always taking the initiative with the forehand.

Q. Were you as surprised as us to see Roger Federer lose in his opening match to a lucky loser?
RAFAEL NADAL: But not normal lucky loser. It's Guillermo Canas, and Guillermo Canas is one of the best players of the world that is coming back unbelievable. So he lost against very good player. Well, it's surprise for sure, but always the first round is very difficult, and Canas played a very, very good match.

Q. Can you talk about Ferrero.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I lost the one time in Cincinnati, 7-6, 7-6, but we'll see tomorrow, no? I can't say so much things against him, no. He's a very, very good player. He was playing good last weeks, played the final in Brazil, semifinals in Acapulco, maybe. So he's winning today. He was winning today with three match points. So he's coming with confidence, no, so we will see tomorrow.

Q. Do you think it's possible that maybe Ferrero can get back his No. 1 form at some time? I mean is his game close to that level?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't see him playing so much, playing so much. But, well, he's still in the top 20, no, so he's doing good work. And he's trying always come back to the best positions. Well, right now it's always difficult, no? It's very good player on tour and new players, young players and other ones, it's difficult too.

Q. With Roger out of the tournament now, do you think that creates opportunities for a huge opportunity for some of the other top seeds like yourself to move through and take the tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, like myself, I won the last year five -- four, five tournaments, and four tournaments I beat him. So it doesn't matter if he is in the tournament or not. For sure, if I arrive to the final and play against other one, gonna be very, very difficult. If I play against Roger, gonna be more than very difficult. But for to final, I need to win a lot of good matches and I'm playing my best tennis. That's true. So right now, I can't think about that.
For me, Roger, when I go to the tournament, is not in the draw, I just think about my draw. He's always in the other part of the draw, so that's it. And now he's the same.

Q. At what percent of your ability are you playing right now, how well?
RAFAEL NADAL: I told, I don't know two days ago, I don't know what's 100 percent. That's not mathematic. Well, I am playing fine. I feel very good. My forehand, that's very true, and, well, I feel better today with my backhand, for sure, than the other day. That's important improvement.
With the serve, well, today was playing all time very serious, comfortable, trying to have a good percentage and that's it.

Q. The other day in the doubles, all four players, Lopez, your partner were lefties?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, left.

Q. And then tonight as well, lefty. How is it you playing with a partner who is lefty, or playing an opponents, they're all lefties, tonight lefty again?
RAFAEL NADAL: Doesn't matter for me. It's fine. You need changes. There will be some things of the tactics, because if you play the forehand crossed, he has the forehand, too, but that's it. Just think about that in some moments.

End of FastScripts

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=41715

tangerine_dream
03-13-2007, 06:27 PM
From TR.net:

Speaking of bravado, when asked whether Federer's loss opened up the draw for him, Rafael Nadal (who bested Fernando Verdasco) replied: "Last year I beat him at four tournaments. So it doesn't matter if he is in the tournament or not. For sure, if I arrive to the final and play against other one, gonna be very, very difficult. If I play against Roger, gonna be more than very difficult. But for tthe final, I need to win a lot of good matches and I'm playing my best tennis." Nadal plays Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat him last summer. Now will see if Ferrero's contention that he can play Top-10 tennis again is for real.

Cincy rematch :banana:

Tess Gray
03-13-2007, 08:05 PM
From TR.net:



Cincy rematch :banana:

it SUCKED when he lost 7-6 7-6, so he better win really bad this time :D

Vamos Rafa!!:p

Veronique
03-13-2007, 11:28 PM
Good start! Come on!

Sunset of Age
03-14-2007, 12:46 AM
HAH. Raf completely demolished Ferrero... as if the guy wasn't even on court!

Bodes well for Raf's chances. I'd nearly say I expect him to win the tournament now!

NicoFan
03-14-2007, 12:55 AM
"Speaking of bravado, when asked whether Federer's loss opened up the draw for him, Rafael Nadal (who bested Fernando Verdasco) replied: "Last year I beat him at four tournaments. So it doesn't matter if he is in the tournament or not. For sure, if I arrive to the final and play against other one, gonna be very, very difficult. If I play against Roger, gonna be more than very difficult. But for tthe final, I need to win a lot of good matches and I'm playing my best tennis." Nadal plays Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat him last summer. Now will see if Ferrero's contention that he can play Top-10 tennis again is for real."


Rafa! He's usually so sweet. :lol: Where did that come from!

Thanks for posting Tangy!

MariaV
03-14-2007, 07:54 AM
HAH. Raf completely demolished Ferrero... as if the guy wasn't even on court!

Bodes well for Raf's chances. I'd nearly say I expect him to win the tournament now!

Me too dear, me too. :D

The press conference.

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 13, 2007

Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Let's start questions please.

Q. Against Clement, you said you hit your forehand the best for a long, long time. How about today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the same I was saying. I am playing so much better with the forehand, especially I start the week before Dubai when I practice in Mallorca, I was starting to touch a little better with the forehand. In Dubai I play very good with my forehand, and right now, I'm continuing like this, no? So very good.

Q. You seem like, yeah, you're starting to hit your stride. Do you feel like you're getting more and more confident each round? It seemed like you had quite a strong match this time against him compared to yesterday.
RAFAEL NADAL: For sure, it's important for me, the victory after last year losing in Cincinnati against him, 7-6, 7-6. So for me, it's fine. I'm in quarterfinals, that's good tournament for me. Right now, I gonna try my best to continue like this and try to go to semifinals, no, and have had same result like last year. So that's it.
I'm happy with my game right now. I know Juan Carlos today have some more mistakes than usual. But what's after the five -- after five games in the match, I start very well. He has opportunity in 1-0, 15-40, but, well, I serve very good to serve there. And after that, I play very well, no, without mistakes, no mistakes. Especially so much better with the backhand today and in the serve with very security all the time, no?

Q. Do you get more pumped up when it is another Spanish player?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Do you get more pumped up, more excited?
RAFAEL NADAL: Me, no. The same. Finals is the same if you win against one Spaniard than another one. No, it's not special if you win Spaniard. Finally important thing is if you win the title or if you have more points. The points is the same if you win a Spaniard or not. Sometimes it's better if you lose against one Spaniard, no, because he he's a friend of yours.

Q. Juan Ignacio Chela is next. You've not played him since 2004. What are you expecting in that match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I lost against him in Cincinnati in 2004?

Q. Yes.
RAFAEL NADAL: I lost him and I won in Stuttgart. I won -- I lost in Cincinnati seven sets in the third, I think, and I won in Stuttgart 6-6, 6-3. So it was a good match anyway. I play good matches every place. But the things change a lot from that moment, no? So, well, we will see, but he's coming with very good confidence winning in Acapulco, and now he has good wins here. So I don't know.
I gonna try my best and for sure I need play my best tennis for win, because when you are in quarterfinal, every match is tough, no?

Q. I think you played some golf this week?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, when I have time, I go to golf to relax.

Q. How did you play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first day, disaster, second day probably very bad, and the third day, I played better. I know a little bit more the course and I play little bit better. I play my handicap. But tomorrow I gonna improve.

Q. You play golf right-handed; is that right?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, for sure.

Q. How do you do that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, with the left, I can't play. I try one day or two days, and I don't have coordination. Coordination is good. Well, so, I don't have coordination. I use the right-handed for everything, no, everything. Just for play tennis and football I use the left.

Q. You're a very active person on the tennis court and even just in general, around the locker room and stuff. Golf is a pretty quiet game. Doesn't that create a little problem for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's good for me because I love -- I prefer to play football, some match. I prefer play football, play matches on football with the friends. When I was young, I played one team. But right now, it's difficult play football, no? It's a little bit dangerous for the injuries and what. When I am playing golf, that's good for me because I can relax. I am in a very nice place always because the golf course always is very, very nice, very beautiful. And that's it, no?
When I go, I'm in the golf, I can play four hours consecutive with calm. So that's good. That's good for think and for disconnect a little bit of the tournament, no?

Q. A lot was made about Roger's relationship with Tiger Woods. Do you think you have to improve your handicap to get to meet Tiger or have you met him already?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I met him in Shanghai this year, no? He was very nice. I was in the tournament in Shanghai when he was playing, and in the last day, the final day. And he say me hello when he's on the match. During the match, he come to me and say hello. So that was very, very nice for me because I admire him a lot.

Q. So this week, we come in and Andy Murray, he's cut his hair, and before, Hewitt cut his hair, and Safin cut his hair, and Agassi. So is there any chance that you'll not cut your hair? Will you keep it maybe for a couple years or is it going to go?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, if they cut hair, I gonna cut too. No, I have always the same, this style, and I don't know. You never know, but right now, I -- not yet.

Q. Ljubicic is through, and if Andy wins this evening, who would you rather face? Would you rather face Ljubicic or Roddick?
RAFAEL NADAL: For me, Chela right now. That's it.

Q. I'd like to ask you about soccer, because you played football and your uncle, as we all know, played on a national team. Have you ever met David Beckham? He's coming to the United States. He's going to get $250 million. What do you think about that?
RAFAEL NADAL: About what?

Q. Beckham is coming to United States, coming for $250 million.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for me, doesn't matter if he win $200 million or $300 million, but if he has good motivation to go to United States -- I know he's a big market and, well, he's a big star, very big sportsman. So for him, if he go to United States or he gonna have motivation for to come here, no, that's it. I can't say so much things because everyone have (in Spanish).
THE MODERATOR: "Do whatever they want. They do whatever they want."

Q. Are you a fan of David Beckham's team Real?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's one of the more professional football players in my opinion, no? So I'm happy because I have David Beckham on my team for a couple of years, so it was nice, was nice.

Q. If golf will be played on the clay, would you expect better results?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. If the golf would be played on the clay, would you expect better results from yourself?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I mean, the backhand is difficult for me. The sun, too.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

End of FastScripts

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=41727
If golf will be played on the clay, would you expect better results from yourself? :retard:
Should it go to the stupid questions thread?

Sunset of Age
03-14-2007, 10:42 AM
"Speaking of bravado, when asked whether Federer's loss opened up the draw for him, Rafael Nadal (who bested Fernando Verdasco) replied: "Last year I beat him at four tournaments. So it doesn't matter if he is in the tournament or not. For sure, if I arrive to the final and play against other one, gonna be very, very difficult. If I play against Roger, gonna be more than very difficult. But for tthe final, I need to win a lot of good matches and I'm playing my best tennis." Nadal plays Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat him last summer. Now will see if Ferrero's contention that he can play Top-10 tennis again is for real."


Rafa! He's usually so sweet. :lol: Where did that come from!

Thanks for posting Tangy!

He's not being nasty to Rogi here, he's just stating facts - he fully realizes that if one is to be a REAL champion, one should be able to beat anyone around in the tournament, and not just think 'oh the #1 is out, so now I have my chance!'
At least that's what I think. Rather endearing, IMHO, and it just illustrates how much he indeed wants to be regarded as a real champion! :worship:

mallorn
03-14-2007, 11:26 AM
Peter Bodo's recap of Rafa's presser. :lol:
Sixth Period Lunch Posted 03/14/2007 @ 12 :11 AM

Well, well, well, judging from the lively discussion generated by The Wild Blue Yonder post, you seem to like interpretive reports from the Coulda, Woulda Shoulda Room (aka the press interview room) as much as communiqués from courtside. And it wouldn’t be fair to deny Rafael Nadal equal time in that venue, would it?

Actually maybe the best way for anyone to appreciate the differences between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - after absorbing their contrasting racquet-work – is experiencing their contrasting tongue work. They are, truly, as different as snowy Switzerland and sunny Mallorca. The Mighty Fed has a touch of winter in his blood, which helps explain why he likes to escape to Dubai for his R&R. Nadal (christened Guns ‘N Buns :lol: by Tennis magazine’s enterprising reporter, Sarah Unke) has the sunny gene. You almost feel guilty about tennis having dragged this kid away from a beach soccer game somewhere beneath the rattling palms.

Of course, the differences go deeper. The Mighty Fed is outright ambassadorial, Jet Boy is downright out-to-lunch. Don’t cringe, Nadalites: Federer inspires respect, Nadal inspires affection. How else could it be for a kid who sounds like he’s about to blow a loogie across the room every time he coughs up an “R”, and prefaces every answer he gives in a press conference question with a furrowed brow, a quizzical expression, and a quick glance at whoever happens to be acting as his lifeboat that day on the heaving sea of the English language? :lol:

TMF pressers tend to inspire, or turn into, lofty contemplations of the state of the game and the nature of a dominant champion’s mind. Nadal’s pressers are like the sixth-period lunch in 9th grade. The wisecracks and mashed potatoes start flying pretty quickly, and you end up having more laughs – pure, good fun – than you got out of a career’s worth of press conferences by Ivan Lendl. Jet Boy just won! Really? Wow, let’s go to the presser and laugh our a**** off!

So Steve Tignor and I made our way over to Nadal’s presser after he took Juan Carlos Ferrero to the woodshed for a 6-1,6-1 beating today, and he didn’t disappoint.

Some deadbeat began asking him about how he was hitting his forehand, and his record against his next opponent, Chela. Get this clown out of here! Somebody finally asked Nadal how his new passion for The Game of the Living Dead (aka "golf") was playing out. Did he play well this week?

Cue furrowed brow, puzzled expression, glance at his agent, Benito Perez-Barbadillo. Jet Boy looked a little like TMF does when he talks about the GOAT issue, and he started fiddling with his stringy hair:

“Well, first day, disaster, second day probably verrrrhy bad, and the third day, I played better. I know a little bit more the course and I play little bit better. I play my handicap. But tomorrow. . .” He looked at us gravely, as if giving his word on a crucial matter. “Tomorrow I gonna improve.”

Cue gales of laugher.

Someone then asked for confirmation that he plays right-handed. He answered:

“Yeah, yeah, for sure. . . Well, with the left, I can't play. I try one day or two days, and I don't have coordination. Coordination is good.” :haha: Laughter rolled again. “Well, so, I don't have coordination. I use the right-handed for everything, no, everything. Just for play tennis and football I use the left.

I asked him how he, as such an active, fidgety person, could play such a quiet game. He replied.

“That's good for me because I love -- I prefer to play football, some match. I prefer play football, play matches on football with the friends. When I was young, I played one team. But right now, it's difficult play football, no? It's a little bit dangerous for the injuries and what. When I am playing golf, that's good for me because I can relax. I am in a very nice place always because the golf course always is very, very nice, very beautiful. And that's it, no? When I go, I'm in the golf, I can play four hours consecutive with calm. So that's good.”

I followed up by pointing out that a great deal had been made of TMF’s relationship with Tiger Woods. Does he feel like he has to improve his handicap to meet Tiger?

Cue furrowed brow, etc. etc.

“Well, I met him in Shanghai this year, no? He was very nice. I was in the tournament in Shanghai when he was playing, and in the last day, the final day. And he say me hello when he's on the match (course). During the match, he come to me and say hello. So that was very, very nice for me because I admire him a lot,"

Then someone brought up the subject of David Beckham, whom Jet Boy says he admires. Heck, this kid admires everyone. :lol: Bring 'em on: Martha Stewart, Ron Artest, Paris Hilton, Etienne de Villiers, Rosie Ruiz, Terrel Owens, Angelina Jolie, Hannibal Lecter, Floyd Landis, Brittney Spears, Tiger Woods, whomever. This kid has a lot of Will Rogers in him. It's part of his appeal.

A photographer whom I didn’t recognize had been fidgeting around, dying to ask Jet Boy a question, and he finally got his chance: “If golf were played on clay, would you expect better results?” :o

Cue drum roll and crash of cymbal. :haha:

Puzzled, Jet Boy asked him to repeat the question. Dude was so nervous that he barely got through it the second time, but Nadal understood.

“No, I mean the bunker is difficult for me.”

Maybe this kid is smarter than we think. . . :rolleyes: No kidding.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/03/nadal.html

MariaV
03-14-2007, 12:08 PM
“No, I mean the bunker is difficult for me.”

Maybe this kid is smarter than we think. . . No kidding. :rolleyes:


No kidding indeed, Ania. Now I also get the answer, he said not backhand but bunker. :rolleyes:

And I wouldn't say he admires everyone. :rolleyes:

Xristos
03-14-2007, 01:44 PM
Good to know he isnt planing on cutting his hair..

MariaV
03-14-2007, 03:00 PM
I'd rather like to see him trim his hair a bit.
Hi X! :wavey:

tangerine_dream
03-14-2007, 03:30 PM
it SUCKED when he lost 7-6 7-6, so he better win really bad this time :D
6-1 6-1 :eek: That's pretty emphatic.

Rafa! He's usually so sweet. :lol: Where did that come from!
I know, right? :lol: Something must've got lost in translation. ;)

Thanks for that blog thingy, mallorn. Guns 'n Buns :haha: That would be the Andy-Rafa SF, I hope :devil: I loved the "Living Dead" comment about golf. Golf is :zzz: to me.

Why does Bodo call Rafa "Jet Boy"? :confused: That's a dumb nickname. Just go with the classic Raging Bull. :D

Xristos
03-14-2007, 04:01 PM
I'd rather like to see him trim his hair a bit.
Hi X! :wavey:

Hello sweetheart.

MaryWalsh
03-15-2007, 02:56 PM
Rafa v Chela. Go Rafa!!!

Xristos, thanks for all the fashion/equipment updates. You should stop by over at vamosbrigade.com.

Xristos
03-15-2007, 04:28 PM
No problem. Im glad someone understands the work I put in.

connectolove
03-15-2007, 11:54 PM
Rafa is doing good so far.

Alonsofz
03-16-2007, 12:19 AM
Hey guys! I have a friend who is friend of Rafa! He will do an interview to Rafa for another forum, but I can post it here! :D

Rafa :rocker2:

Here's the interview:

Rafa... primero que nada te agradecemos la disponibilidad de poder contestar un par de preguntas
R: No es para nada una molestia, ustedes se dieron el tiempo de dejar las preguntas y yo de contestarlas ahora, esto es compensatorio jaja.


Desde que edad el "Rafi" empieza a sentir el amor por el tenis...
R: Rafi!!! que verguenza tío, odio ese sobrenombreee jaja pero sé que lo haces a proposito. Mi ligazon con el Tenis siempre ha estado. Toni ha sido por muchos años Profesor del Club de Tenis de Manacor por ende mi vida ha girado en parte cercana al Tenis. Pero si me pides honestidad pura te digo que para mí el Fútbol era lo más importante. El Tenis para mí era un deporte más de los 5 que practicaba y tú sabes que era el que menos me gustaba, te he dicho. Jugué Fútbol por mi ciudad hasta los 11 ó 12 años y ya a esos años era Campeón Español de Tenis, pero aun asi lo seguia viendo como un hobby hasta que muy recomendado por mi tío me decidi por este deporte que tantas alegrías y pocas vacaciones me ha regalado jaja.


¿Es complicado que sea un familiar tuyo, como lo es Toni tu coach? Porque me imagino que tiene sus pros y sus contras una relación en ese sentido...
R: Te digo, conmigo ha tenido más pros que contras. El hecho de conocer a tu coach de toda la vida, de tener esa ligazon sentimental que tiene el hecho de ser tu familia sirve mucho, sobre todo en esta vida que uno lleva, de aeropuerto en aeropuerto, de conferencia en conferencia, de hotel a hotel, y todo lo que implica eso. Te digo que tener a alguien de tu sangre al lado que te escucha tus problemas no solo tenisticos sino que personales ayuda mucho.


Pero el hecho de ser familiar también quizás coarta un poco la posibilidad de que tú algún día quieras decir "toqué techo contigo y quiero probar a otro coach"... debe ser distinto terminar con un coach cualquiera que terminar una relación con un familiar...
R: Es que no he pensado en terminarla y no se creo que se me pase hacerlo. Tenemos problemas como todo el mundo, como los tiene todo jugador con su coach pero nunca como para terminar la relación. Y en caso de darse que te digo seria muy hipotetico, jamas se alejaria de mi carrera. El me formó, y soy lo que soy en mucha medida gracias a Toni.


Yo que tengo el agrado de conocerte y de conocer a tu familia en pleno jaja, me he dado cuenta que son muy unidos y que tú sigues siendo el "niñito" de la familia. Ana María, tu madre, te trata de "Rafi", "Rafiki", para la Isabelita eres "Rafita"... sientes que el apoyo de tu familia es fundamental para tus logros en el Tenis?
R: Mi familia lo es todo. Me encantaria que mis padres pudieran viajar mucho más seguido conmigo y mi equipo pero no se puede. Isabel está creciendo, no puede viajar por la Escuela. Pero yo siento que me apoyan a diario, hablamos por Chat, por el famoso Skype que lo amoo jaja, y siento su apoyo día a día. Son mi razón de vida y claro como tu dices, son bien demostrativos del cariño que me tienen. Mi familia es bastante unida.


Tuve la oportunidad de compartir Navidad contigo y tu familia en Manacor y me llamó profundamente la atención que en tus días libres si hay algo de lo que está vetado hablar es de Tenis jaja... porque da la impresión a primera vista que Rafael Nadal vive por y para el Tenis.
R: Es que si viera Tenis en vacaciones o hablara en los ratos que no entreno tío, explotaría. Prefiero tirarme a la cama a ver Fútbol, a jugar a la Play, al GameCube o a comer, que es mi otro pasatiempo preferido jaja. Me gusta desconectarme a full, tampoco es para obsesionarse. Yo soy Profesional del Tenis y como todo Profesional me merezco mi espacio. Y tú bien sabes que lo sé aprovechar.


A los 16 años Rafa hiciste tu debut en un torneo "de las ligas mayores" como el TMS de Montecarlo, donde avanzaste 2 rondas, y te hiciste conocido por derrotar al hasta ese entonces número 7 del Mundo y que hoy es alguien muy cercano a tu carrera, Albert Costa. Se destacó en ese momento tu fuerza física, psicológica, etc. ¿A qué crees que se debe tal precocidad? considerando tu tan corta edad...
R: No sé, jamás como me he preguntado por qué fue todo tan joven. Creo que influye mucho el hecho de haber comenzado a tan temprana edad, a ir derribando desafíos más temprano que los otros. El cambio de jugar con chicos de tu edad a enfrentarte a Profesionales es grande. Yo pasé muy rápido al nivel Challengers, y creo que supe aprovechar mis oportunidades. A las semanas de Montecarlo, derroté a mi amigo Charly ( Carlos Moyá ), que estaba 3º ó 4º y creo que ese fue el aventón mediatico final. Creo que soy un beneficiado de la vida, pero tambien un tipo que ha sabido aprovechar esas oportunidades. Ahora, sobre mi físico, dejame decirte que era bastante debilucho en ese entonces, asi que no creo haberte destacado tanto por eso. Sí, psicologicamente he sido siempre muy fuerte, quizás por el hecho de haber empezado tan chico y de haber estado siempre rodeado de grandes en el deporte, como Carlitos ( Moyá ), Albert ( Costa ), el mismo Alex ( Corretja ), que de uno u otro modo me han ayudado en todo. Fue un gran año ese el 2003.


Fue en ese mismo año 2003 que jugaste por 1º vez con Fernando, en Stuttgart.... ¿recuerdas algo de ese partido?
R: Recuerdo que derroté a un aleman en 1º, y lamentablemente me toco por el lado de Gonzalez de inmediato. La verdad no recuerdo mucho en particular, pero todos los partidos ante Gonzalez son duros, me exigen mucho y bueno, el score entre nosotros asi lo demuestra, hablo por sí solo.


¿Como ves a Fernando en esta temporada?... ¿Sientes que puede dar el "batacazo" y quedarse con algún TMS o Grand Slam después de su brillante actuación en Australia?
R: Fernando Gonzalez ha progresado una enormidad. Jugué contra el en Miami en cancha dura hace un par de años y si me haces comparar a este partido de Australia, te digo que Fernando claramente es otro jugador. En Australia me tenia loco con sus servicios y me hizo hacer exactamente el partido que yo temia que me hiciera. No estaba en mi 100%, y Gonzalez me movio para todos lados como mono. Creo que su cambio de coach le ha beneficiado mucho y bueno, creo que está en el seguir avanzando. Además es un buen deportista y a pesar de que no somos amigos ni tenemos mayor relacion, es de los jugadores mas cordiales del Circuito.


Crees que Fernando, si mantiene su nivel, podría llegar a sobrepasarte en el ránking a fin de temporada o quizás más allá de ella?
R: La posibilidad siempre está. Yo me puedo lesionar mañana y pierdo toda mi cosecha en polvo, la defensa de Garros y basta que Fernando se luzca en la Gira Europea y se da lo que me dices. Pero yo me tengo confianza, estoy retomando mi nivel y la verdad de las cosas no pretendo dejar mi sitial hasta el día de mi salida del Tenis. Asi que dile a Gonzalez
que no se ilusione para nada jaja.


3 de los foristas que aportaron con sus preguntas, iban a un punto similar... que desde Wimbledon en adelante hay un cambio quizás en tu forma de juego, que empiezas a tratar de ganar más rápido los puntos, empiezas a errar más. A que se debe... falta de Confianza? un bajón propio del alto nivel? Evolución en el juego?
R: Qué fijones que son tío eh jaja. Mira, si metemos a una maquina todo, puede ser la union de esos 3 motivos. No quiero hablar de falta de confianza o bajón, pero llega un momento en que tienes que fallar, en que no puedes ganar todo y en que puede ser que tú mismo te tires hacia abajo. Siento que es natural y que es propio del deporte. Me encantaria ganar todo, pero no se puede. En la pretemporada he intentado mejorar mi servicio, mejorar un par de aspectos más técnicos y bueno, estoy en plan de implementar todo. La temporada recién comienza y queda mucho. La vida evoluciona, asi que por que nó lo haría mi juego.


Se viene Roland Garros 2007... ¿Tricampeonato?
R: Amo Roland Garros, amo el Torneo, amo la gente y sin duda que este año colocaré todo de mí para ganarlo. Es el torneo que más me apasiona en la temporada y dejaré todo de mí para lograrlo. Aunque no se me olvida que esta Federer y que el tipo tiene un solo objetivo hoy por hoy, que es quedarse con el trofeo. Pero ahi estare yo para impedirselo. El polvo es mi superficie preferida y este año estoy seguro de que me irá muy bien.


El reinado continúa entonces en París...
R: Claro. Roland Garros es uno de mis objetivos esta temporada.


¿Cuáles son los otros?... Tus metas para esta temporada...
R: Fundamentalmente ganar Roland Garros, no sufrir una lesión y tener una buena actuación en los Grand Slam. Recuerda que defiendo Final de Wimbledon y creo que lograr el triunfo ahí sería algo demasiado lindo para mi carrera.


¿Crees que puedes quitarle el Nº1 a Roger Federer? O te ves número 1 posterior a su retiro?... Atrás vienen "metiendo ruido" Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Korolev... el mismo Berdych jaja.
R: Si creyera que no podría serlo no estaría jugando. Todos jugamos para ser los mejores y ese es nuestro objetivo a largo plazo. Claramente Federer es el dominador del Circuito en estos momentos, pero la verdad de las cosas es que siento que su hegemonía no va a durar más allá de 2 ó 3 años. Siento que él es el mejor jugador de la historia, y siento también que transcurridas unas 3 temporadas, puedo convertirme en el tipo que destronó al mejor de la historia, y por qué no, pasar yo a ocupar ese sitial. Todos luchamos por destacarnos en nuestras profesiones.


¿Qué crees que hace falta para ganarle a Federer?
R: Te voy a simplificar lo que tengas que transcribir luego... PACIENCIA... nada más que eso. A Roger le molesta mucho que le devuelvan y que lo ataquen permanentemente por la derecha. Viste que hizo Cañas el otro día, le devolvía 2 bolas más de las que le devuelve el resto y lo pisoteó. Paciencia más inteligencia y una pizca de suerte, es el complemento ideal para derrotarlo. Aunque no neguemos que cuando el tipo se levanta con las luces encendidas, es monstruoso.


Con un par de jugadores TOP tienes el score negativo. Hewitt, Berdych, Blake, con Fernando... ¿Cuál de ellos te gustaría revertir en el mediano plazo?
R: A Berdych me gustaria ganarle pronto para sacarme la rabia del partido en Madrid sobre todas las cosas. Y bueno, derrotar a James Blake también es importante, porque jamas lo he logrado y porque me ha derrotado en instancias decisivas. Esos me quitan el sueño.


¿Como te llevas con Berdych fuera de las canchas? Sobre todo después del encontrón en Madrid. La verdad sí, nada de ser políticamente correcto, porque o si no yo digo la verdad jaja.
R: Jaja, no me hace problema decir la verdad. No me llevo bien con el, creo que lo de Madrid ha estado de más, su actitud desafiante ha alterado a la gente y bueno su reacción fue destemplada. Yo en caliente he dicho cosas que no correspondian pero el ha seguido con el tema mucho después. Nos llevamos mal de mucho antes y la verdad no me interesa aparecer como su amigo, porque no lo somos y porque él se dedica a hablar mal de las demás personas, es su patrón común.


Con Gaudio tuviste un problema también, en Montecarlo si no me equivoco hace un par de temporadas, incluso se dice que llegaste a decirle "Sudaca de Mierda"...
R: No recuerdo que le dije pero sí que tuve un encontrón con el. Claramente me arrepiento de tratarlo mal. No recuerdo si utilice esa frase pero si recuerdo que fui bastante duro con el. Gastón es de los tíos que te saca de la tranquilidad. Es buena persona fuera de la cancha, pero dentro se transforma.


¿Qué tenistas españoles crees tú que serán el recambio del tenis de tu país?
R: Hay un par de chicos que vienen abajo que pueden hacer ruido en el Circuito, como Andujar o Boje pero yo creo que el tenis español tiene que tener paciencia que ya vendrá un gran campeón: Carlos Boluda.


¿Cual crees que es la mejor manera para que un juvenil se prepare para ser un jugador top de la ATP?... Entrando tempranamente al circuito ATP como lo hiciste tu, o jugar hasta los 18 años en el circuito juvenil ITF para luego incurcionar ya con cierta experiencia?
R: No soy yo alguien como para dar consejos o algo similar, pero creo que todo depende de la persona, creo que estas cosas se tienen que ver caso a caso e ir aprovechando las oportunidades que se dan. Ahora, es fundamental que un chico que está jugando Juniors pueda conjugar su juego con Futuros o invitaciones a Challengers. La fuerza del golpe varía mucho en todas las categorías y es indispensable probar antes de tiempo, te permite llegar más fortalecido a la alta competencia. Creo que lo ideal es matizar ambas cosas. Ahora, yo tuve la suerte y la convicción de aprovechar mis oportunidades y quizás sí, saltarme las etapas naturales del tenis. Igual es relativo esto, porque en mi país hay muchos Futuros y Challengers, en cambio en otras latitudes es más difícil el paso a las ligas mayores.


¿Cuál es tu mayor virtud y tu mayor falencia Rafa?
R: Mi mayor virtud es el trabajo creo. Para llegar arriba hay que trabajar duro y creo que si hay algo en que me destaco es en trabajar y esforzarme día a día para mejorar. Mi mayor falencia... mm, eso es más difìcil jaja... quizás ser un poco mal genio y muchas veces despreocupado con mis amigos, los dejo botados muchas veces y eso me ha dado un par de tristezas, asi que estoy mejorando día a día eso jaja.


Cambiando de tema... ¿Piensas que España está en deuda respecto al tema Copa Davis? Más allá de lesiones y sorteos, el hecho concreto es que en las últimas versiones han terminado jugando el repechaje o avanzando a cuartos de final en forma angustiante.
R: No sé si sea que estemos en deuda, pero hemos logrado cosas importantes en materia de Copa Davis. Yo pude participar el 2004 en el proceso que nos llevó al campeonato en Sevilla. Humildemente, tuve la oportunidad de darle la victoria a mi país en 1º Ronda ante R.Checa allá, derrotando a Stepanek de manera brillante, aunque bueno, igual perdí mi otro Single ante Jiri y el Dobles, pero fui pilar jaja. En Semis también jugué un punto y que fue el del triunfo ante Clement, además del Dobles con Tommy en un punto maratónico, en el que termine bastante tocado. Y ni decir de la Final en Sevilla, derroté a Andy en 4 Sets en uno de los partidos que más recuerdo. Recuerdo desde que me levanté hasta el último punto que jugué. Ese partido marcó mi carrera. Estos años hemos tenido problemas de conformación del equipo, lesiones por mi lado, deserciones por otro, cambios en la dirección del equipo, etc, entonces se hace más complicado. Ahora ganamos a los suizos y creo que tenemos chance de repetir el título del 2004, y no pasar por los sustos de repechajes como el que vivimos con Italia.


¿Qué opinas del Sistema Round Robin y del percance de James Blake en el ATP de Las Vegas?
R: De Villiers se acercó a mi la temporada pasada para consultarme sobre que me parecía el sistema. Me parecía bastante novedoso y creía que sería de gran acogida de la gente y de los organizadores de torneos por el hecho de que se jugara como en el Masters. Pero creo que el invento que se hizo, que los grupos sean de 3 jugadores y no 4 como en el Masters, que pasen vergüenzas como la de Las Vegas con el chico ruso, me parece que son impresentables. Hasta el momento pasa reprobando, a pesar de que yo me consideraba un tipo que estaba a favor de la implementación. Ya no estoy para nada seguro.


¿A quiénes de los actuales jugadores del circuito ves con mayor proyección en el corto y mediano plazo?
R: Andy Murray es un jugador muy completo que dará mucho que hablar. El ruso que hablábamos ( Korolev ) tiene golpes bastante buenos y puede meter ruido. Gasquet y yo no nos quedamos atrás jaja, somos amigos y compartimos muchas cosas juntos en las giras cuando niños y creo que tenemos aún mayor proyección jaja. Y de Sudamérica me gusta bastante Juan Martín Del Potro y Juan Mónaco, dos grandes golpeadores y que seguro llevarán el nombre de Argentina y Sudamérica muy lejos.


¿Conoces a algún chileno junior?
R: A cabalidad no, pero bueno, por ti y por las veces que he leido vuestro Foro he conocido más que nada nombres. Este chico de apellido polaco ( Podlipnik ) y un par más que no recuerdo pero que he escuchado alguna vez. Y bueno, Nicolas, este chico que dice que se llama Nadal y que dicen que le pega muy bien a pesar de sus cortos años. Feliz de que mi continuidad sea un chico con talento jaja.


Una pregunta más del día a día... ¿Por qué los pantalones tan particulares?. ¿Incómodos?
R: Cuando vi la pregunta que me habia hecho José ( Josemalito se refiere ) me ha producido bastante gracia, porque casi todos me preguntan eso. Tú sabes que me gusta estar a la moda, imponer estilos y marcar tendencias ja y claramente los pantalones lo hacen, las zapatillas también y otras cosas más bastante propias jaja. Producen incomodidad en cierta parte del cuerpo ( se refiere al "Famoso Trasero" al que hizo alusión en Australia ), pero es parte del sentido comercial y de moda que me gusta llevar.


Sé que eres bastante sensible a casi todo jaja... ¿te afectan los recurrentes rumores o suspicacias respecto a tu estado físico?
R: Esas estupideces no. Se han dicho tantas cosas de mí, que realmente ya no me amarga nada. Que me inyecto cosas, que tomo otras más, un periódico sensacionalista habló de mi supuesta homosexualidad, uno argentino escribió que di positivo hace un par de meses, etc. Si no te armas una coraza en este mundo, estás derrumbado. A mi me ayudaron a crearla con los mismos rumores malintencionados. Que digan lo que quieran, las verdades son una sola, y me interesa saberla yo y quienes me rodean y me interesan que lo sepan. Si soy flojo, feo, maltratador, homosexual o adicto a las tías, es algo que a nadie le interesa. Yo juego Tenis y nada más interesa.


¿Tús mejores amigos?
R: En el tenis, el mejor de todos es Feli ( Feliciano López ), es con el tío que más comparto y con el que todos los años arrendamos una casa en Londres para las semanas de Queens y Wimbledon. Quiero mucho a Carlos ( Moyá ) y a Tommy Robredo. Y a ellos agregar un par más que llenan mi vida de cosas lindas, entre ellos tú y tu familia.


¿Vienes a Viña del Mar el próximo año?
R: Voy a Sudamérica en Febrero, pero la verdad me es dificil ir a Viña del Mar, por la fecha post Australian y previa a la Davis. Me gustaría ir, es una deuda pendiente contigo y con la gente amable de allá y espero cumplirla. Pero para eso espero que cambien la fecha, que lamentablemente es terrible para mi calendario. Pero estaré en Buenos Aires y en Acapulco si todo sale como se está planeando.


Bueno Rafa, muchas gracias por el tiempo, por la doble entrevista que en todo caso es por tu culpa jaja y bueno, ojalá estés acá para jugar algún día en el ATP nacional y te esperamos para las vacaciones de verano de este lado del mundo.
R: Espero estar allá luego del Masters unos 15 días. La 2º es la vencida jaja. Saludos a todos y muchas gracias por sus preguntas y espero que les satisfaga mis respuestas. Espero poder seguir leyéndolos y felicitaciones por la iniciativa.

Here's the link if you don't belive me :p (Is for a Chilean tennis forum):

http://tenischile.foroportal.us/viewtopic.php?t=36

:wavey:

Sean.J.S.
03-16-2007, 08:29 AM
Me, as a Roddick fan, am scared. Rafa is playing very strong at the moment. :scared:

MariaV
03-16-2007, 08:32 AM
Gracias Alonso! :wavey:
And Verdasco, don't be scared, I doubt Rafa can beat Andy. :o
Andy's been playing really well lately.

yana
03-16-2007, 11:14 AM
Sé que eres bastante sensible a casi todo jaja... ¿te afectan los recurrentes rumores o suspicacias respecto a tu estado físico?
R: Esas estupideces no. Se han dicho tantas cosas de mí, que realmente ya no me amarga nada. Que me inyecto cosas, que tomo otras más, un periódico sensacionalista habló de mi supuesta homosexualidad, uno argentino escribió que di positivo hace un par de meses, etc. Si no te armas una coraza en este mundo, estás derrumbado. A mi me ayudaron a crearla con los mismos rumores malintencionados. Que digan lo que quieran, las verdades son una sola, y me interesa saberla yo y quienes me rodean y me interesan que lo sepan. Si soy flojo, feo, maltratador, homosexual o adicto a las tías, es algo que a nadie le interesa. Yo juego Tenis y nada más interesa.

wow, he knows about all those rumours.

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 03:09 PM
What rumours, can some one please translate. aw I don't read spanish

Tess Gray
03-16-2007, 05:37 PM
What rumours, can some one please translate. aw I don't read spanish

me neither... can someone tranlate :angel: plleease:)

tangerine_dream
03-16-2007, 05:49 PM
woohoo! Finally! Two years in the making we get our dream SF match: Guns vs Buns :devil: I'm so excited 0mG11!11!!!1111!11@!!1!1z111z!! :bounce: :yippee: :banana: :worship: :aparty:

And Verdasco, don't be scared, I doubt Rafa can beat Andy. :o
I feel the opposite: I don't think Andy stands much of a chance vs Rafa.

But omg who cares? It's Andy-Rafa SF time 0mG11!11!!!1111!11@!!1!1z111z!! :woohoo:

yana
03-16-2007, 06:04 PM
me neither... can someone tranlate :angel: plleease:)

In few words: he said that he knows/read about all that homosexuality and doping :bs:
But he doesn't care about what the press said about him, all he care is that his family and friedns know the true. but I don't think that this interview is for real. :confused:

Tess Gray
03-16-2007, 07:10 PM
In few words: he said that he knows/read about all that homosexuality and doping :bs:
But he doesn't care about what the press said about him, all he care is that his family and friedns know the true. but I don't think that this interview is for real. :confused:

okay thanks!:)

Why don't you think this is for real??

Alonsofz
03-16-2007, 07:46 PM
but I don't think that this interview is for real. :confused:
Well... If you want to belive me, you can, but if you don't want to belive me, no problem... I know that this interview is real... I know Felipe (my friend, friend of Rafa), and when Rafa visited Chile (in December, last year), he presented me Rafa ;)

yana
03-16-2007, 08:44 PM
okay thanks!:)

Why don't you think this is for real??

It doesn't sound real. But for you to understand that I have to translate it all, and I don't have the time. ;)

Tess Gray
03-16-2007, 08:50 PM
It doesn't sound real. But for you to understand that I have to translate it all, and I don't have the time. ;)

haha that's okay ;) I found a translator on Internet, so when I figured out how that works, I'll see if I agree with you or not;)

lau-mza
03-17-2007, 05:52 AM
I translate it! I will post it soon. ;) ;) ;)

mallorn
03-17-2007, 09:03 AM
Thanks Alonso and lau-mza! :wavey:

woohoo! Finally! Two years in the making we get our dream SF match: Guns vs Buns :devil: I'm so excited 0mG11!11!!!1111!11@!!1!1z111z!! :bounce: :yippee: :banana: :worship: :aparty:


I feel the opposite: I don't think Andy stands much of a chance vs Rafa.

But omg who cares? It's Andy-Rafa SF time 0mG11!11!!!1111!11@!!1!1z111z!! :woohoo:
LOL Tangy, you ARE excited! :D I'm with Maria on this one, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rafa start badly as he often does, losing his serve at the beginning of the match, which will be enough for Andy given his serve, and then losing in a second set TB or sth. :scared: Hopefully I'm very wrong. :p

I can't watch it live :bigcry: (or maybe it's a good thing, I don't have the health for any drama :rolleyes: ) but I'll be recording. Hopefully it'll be a good match. :yippee:

mallorn
03-17-2007, 09:04 AM
From Tignor's blog:
IW: Roddick-Nadal Preview

We’ve been waiting for this one. The current No. 2 and 3 players in the world, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, have somehow avoided facing each other since the Davis Cup final in December 2004. Each has pretty much resided in the Top 10 since then, but the American and Spaniard have never had a chance to get any kind of rivalry off the ground.

Which is a shame, because these two guys are natural combatants (not enemy combatants). Where Roger Federer brings a laconic side to his matches with Roddick and Nadal, the latter two are both fiery and hard-charging, but in different ways. Nadal is long hair, bandannas, loud clothes, heavy topspin, and “Vamos!” Roddick is all-whites, baseball hats, brutal serves, and “---- yeah!”

They've played twice, but as Roddick said last night, you can’t take too much from either of their previous matches. The first encounter came in the second round of the 2004 U.S. Open, and it was an old-fashioned late-night New York City mugging. Roddick was the defending champion, while Nadal was just beginning to appear on the radar screen. I remember Nadal doing an early fist-pump that Roddick took exception to. So much so that he got as fired up as I’ve ever seen him, and played about as well as he ever has. He won the first 6-0 and made Nadal’s strokes look like batting-practice puffballs.

Their next meeting came at the Davis Cup a few months later, in a setting 180 degrees from the first. It was on slow red clay in Seville, Spain, before the biggest crowd ever to watch a non-exhibition tennis match. Nadal won in four close sets. He could have done it in straights, except that he choked the first-set tiebreaker away, losing it 8-6 after being ahead. My main memory of that match is Roddick barreling forward on nearly everything and winning points at net despite some less-than-smooth volleying technique. He survived up there because Nadal forgot about the lob; Roddick was able to drape himself over the net. Still, with the monster crowd—including Spanish royalty—behind him, Nadal ground Roddick down and ran away with the fourth set 6-2. I also remember he was slightly happy when he won; I think he may have somersaulted from the baseline to the net.

The third edition of Roddick-Nadal will take place Saturday on a court unlike the first two. The surface at Indian Wells is hard, but it plays a little like clay. Watching Nadal beat Juan-Ignacio Chela yesterday, I was reminded of how tough Nadal is on clay. He has time to roam deep behind the baseline and defend, but he can also turn the tables with his forehand or throw in a drop shot after he pushes his opponent back. In this tournament, the Spaniard has been slightly below his best, but he’s raised his game at the end of sets—he beat Chela 7-5, 7-5.

Roddick has played about as well as he can. He was practicing his forehand like a madman early in the week, and it’s paid off. After his two-tiebreaker win over Ivan Ljubicic last night, Roddick mentioned that he thought his forehand was clicking, and that it was the reason for his current good form. Roddick will come into this match motivated (to say the least)—this is his only chance to beat a higher-ranked player without having to go up against Sire Jacket. But I also think Roddick has gained respect for Nadal over the years. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to Nadal’s inevitable fist-pumps and other exhortations this time around.

I think this will be a close one. Both guys are playing well enough to hold their serves regularly—it helps that neither guy is an outstanding returner. Roddick’s sliding first serve goes into Nadal’s weaker backhand return side, and vice versa. From the baseline, Nadal will have his usual lefty advantage, in that his forehand will kick up into Roddick’s backhand. But if Roddick’s forehand is on again, he’ll be able to run around Nadal’s mid-court balls and drill them the way James Blake did in the semis here last year.

What will this match turn on? I’d say it’s a battle of the forehands. It will be a tug of war on that side for control of points. Can Nadal get his forehand into Roddick’s backhand and force him off behind the baseline? Or will Roddick be the one hitting forehands into Nadal’s backhand?

I think it will be a draw through two sets, but that Roddick, who has his serve to cover any other mistakes, will have time to punish more of his forehands and win enough points from the frontcourt to prevail.

Either way, it should be worth the wait.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2007/03/iw_roddicknadal.html

mallorn
03-17-2007, 09:06 AM
PMac's comments from ESPN:
Semifinal showdown in the desert

By Matt Wilansky
ESPN.com


The maelstrom the world's top player, Roger Federer, caused with his early dismissal at the Pacific Life Open, was a stunning turn of events. But for Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick -- who have been chasing his tail for over three years -- this tournament has taken on a very different dynamic.

While their ostensible reaction to Federer's dismissal was downplayed to an extent, it was quite transparent that the wide-open draw has given both players inner hope. Nadal and Roddick have each won their first four matches without dropping a set, and now the two meet in an enticing semifinal showdown, a match both players need to walk out of victorious.

"Sometimes it's just the way it works out," said ESPN Tennis analyst Patrick McEnroe. "We were all shocked to see Federer eliminated so early, but it's bound to happen. This is what Roddick and Nadal needed. If nothing else, a little peace of mind."

It may seem counterintuitive, but it's not always necessary to face the best in order to reach maximum output. The usual foreboding notion with Federer looming in the way is typically a mental setback. But that isn't the case right now.

Mired in an eight-month slump since winning his second consecutive French Open crown, Nadal has left pundits wondering if he is solely a clay-court specialist. However, the world No. 2 showed grit and determination versus Juan Ignacio Chela in his last match, rallying from a 1-4 second-set deficit to win.

McEnroe has watched Nadal closely this week. "He seems to be finding his form again. His difficulties since the French are well documented, and aside from a few patches where his serve looked vulnerable, Nadal is hitting very well. His forehand has kept his opponents on their heals, and all around he is showcasing a renewed confidence," McEnroe said.

Similarly, Roddick has played with mirth and grit thus far. He narrowly escaped a vigorous attack from eighth-seeded and heavy-hitting Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals, needing two tiebreakers to finish him off. Though the American's stat sheet showed only eight aces, he failed to face a break point. Impressively, Roddick -- who has been crucified as a one-dimensional, go-for-broke player -- has not had to fend off a single break point the entire tournament.

Said McEnroe, "He has served very well; this has always been his strong point, but he's backing it up now. What we are seeing now is a much more complete player, someone who relies on more than just his cannon serve. Andy's motivated; he knows and understands the ramifications of this match. He looks like someone who wants desperately to win this tournament."

Roddick, though showing signs of a reemergence, has not done much to add to his resume since the beginning of 2006. His ranking has crawled back to No. 3 in the world, but he has only a single title to show for it.

"It's certainly been and up-and-down road for Roddick", McEnroe explained. "He fell in the rankings and with Federer and Nadal having such a large lead, it was tough to make that up. But if he is able to get by Nadal, he will take an important step in the rankings and additionally will take home a renewed confidence."
Roddick and Nadal both have a viable opportunity to put behind what has been a less-than-stellar few months. And if their play thus far in the tournament is any barometer, both are going to have to reach deep in their bag of tricks to pull this match off.

Explained a rhapsodizing McEnroe, "the key for Roddick is to take advantage of the thin desert air; this has really helped out his serve. But, he also needs to be aggressive as well, and take advantage of short balls. He has done a great job this week of stepping into his forehand and then getting to net.

"As for Nadal, he needs to make sure he can weather the storm that is Roddick's serve. Getting Roddick's second serve back will be a key component to his success. Though he is clearly not the game's best returner, Nadal needs to get the ball into play, particularly the second serve, and keep Roddick moving. He needs to find a way to take Roddick's legs out and eventually wear him down", said McEnroe. "We all know Roddick will hit aces, but the longer Nadal can keep him on the court, the better off he is."

Roddick and Nadal have played twice, but not since 2004, the year before the Spaniard became a legitimate force. Roddick won their first encounter, a convincing straight-set win at the U.S. Open. Soon after though, Nadal took advantage of the red clay in Seville, Spain and defeated the American in the Davis Cup final.

Now they meet again, in what has become a Federer-less draw. Roddick and Nadal have done what has been expected. And while neither could have met the three-time Indian Wells champion until the final, it's safe to assume that neither are lamenting over his absence.

At end of day Roger Federer is going to be the No. 1 player in the world, but when Roddick and Nadal take to the court, it will be anything but a mundane tennis match.

"I'm excited", said McEnroe. I only wish that this was the championship match. Yes, Roger is the best in the world, but at least the gap just got a little tighter."

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2801573

mallorn
03-17-2007, 09:09 AM
Rafa's presser:
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 15, 2007
Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. A little bit of a struggle out there today, Rafa? A bit of a struggle for you today?
RAFAEL NADAL: What is this?

Q. Very tough match.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Yeah, it was tough match. Maybe I start the tournament normal against Clement, play very good two matches. And today I start well, I start fine, and after I lost little bit (speaking Spanish).
THE MODERATOR: Selection of the shots.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know in English what -- if you want, I can say another word, but it's not the same. No. Well, I start well the first four games, and after, I miss more than usual, a little bit more, no?
And Chela is difficult player because he change a lot of the rhythm of the game. He sometimes play slow, have to play faster, sometimes play with top speed, and then play, (speaking Spanish), flat. So that's difficult, no?

Q. But on the big points, Rafa, you played well enough, especially end of the second set. You forced him into errors and --
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, the important thing is I wasn't playing my best match today, but I -- well, I can't say it's bad match for me, you know. It was normal match for me, not the best. But the final thing is I won two sets, 7-5, 7-5. That's very important if I won in two sets against one of the best players in the world right now.
Because he was playing with confidence winning in Acapulco and winning good matches here. So if I win in two sets that's important because I am in a good way, no?

Q. Overall, this match aside, do you feel like your level has been improving the last few weeks?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I start I say before the tournament, I started playing very well in Dubai. I lost, yeah. I lost against Youzhny, was playing fine, I have my chances again. But after Dubai, I continue the same, no? I am playing well. I'm having the best moment of the season, for sure, right now. Well, it's just the fourth tournament, no?
But I feel great. I feel so much better than the last months right now, and I am in semifinals. That's a very good result in one hard tournament, Master Series. When this tournament, the best player in the world, no one pull out of this tournament. So that's very good being the top four players of this tournament, no?

Q. How much golf have you actually played here?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. How much golf have you actually played here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yesterday, I played disappointing, very bad result, hard time. 21-over par.

Q. But you played a few times?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?
Well, I play three times, four times.

Q. Are you disappointed that Federer is out of the draw so early?
RAFAEL NADAL: Disappointed, no. No, I'm not happy, but not disappointed. It's the same for me. For me, don't change nothing, no. Well, Federer, I always say the same. Federer is another part of the draw, so, for me, it doesn't matter, no? I just think about my draw.

Q. In terms of this year, what's most important for you, defending the French, winning Davis Cup, having a winning record against Roger? What's most important?
RAFAEL NADAL: Right now, the most important thing is semifinals. So of a tomorrow, I'm trying to play my best tennis, come back and play my best tennis. And right now, I'm in a good way, because right now, I'm playing my best level, no, I think.
So that's the goal, just play good and find the best -- best feeling. If I find the best feeling, I gonna chance -- I gonna have chance for everything. I don't know if I gonna defend the French title or going to be the No. 2 in the world, but I gonna have a chances for have anything.

Q. Your next match we'll even know better how your level is because you'll play either Roddick or Ljubicic. That's a step up even over Chela?
RAFAEL NADAL: Any one. If play against Roddick or Ljubicic, gonna be very tough match he is serving -- they are serving unbelievable.
It's a good match, no, because, well, right now, I am in semifinals. I play with not the same pression, a little bit less pression.
For sure, I gonna try my best for another final, no? That's my goal, and I gonna try my best. Right now, anyway, I gonna have a good tournament.

Q. It will be a good test for both you and Roddick because you haven't played each other in more than two years, huh? It will almost be a new match.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, good test, a good test is we are in semifinals. That's a good test, no? After, you can win. You can lose, but always is difficult matches, no? And we will see. But a good test is I am in semifinals. Roddick or Ljubicic, I will see in semifinals. That's a good result, maybe, for anyone. Not for Federer, but for the rest.

Q. Sorry for another golf question, but do you get excited when you make a good shot out there or are you tranquillo?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I wasn't have this feeling till last times, but yesterday, I was playing very bad the first nine. After I come back and I was losing against Ferrero for (speaking Spanish) for shots, I come back and in the last last hole, he has one putt like (indiscernible), so that's disappointing, because finally I draw the (speaking Spanish) tie the match. But, well, for sure, if I have a good shot, it's a good feeling, but, not, I don't want to have like this.

Q. No vamos?
RAFAEL NADAL: No vamos.

Q. What was your other results on the golf course this week? You said 21-over yesterday. What about the other times you played?
RAFAEL NADAL: 21, 13, and two I don't know because I playing with four teams.

Q. And what courses did you play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, in the hotel, Hyatt.

Q. If I could, kind of a difficult question, but the other day, Guga Kuerten said there's a lot of comfort at the top of the men's game, that Roger is comfortable at No. 1, and the others who are at 2 and 3 are also comfortable. Is that a correct statement or do you have a really intense desire to overcome Roger as soon as you can?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Speaking Spanish.)
THE MODERATOR: So you want to ask him if --
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, right now, I feel good on No. 2, because -- because I don't see a lot of chances for being the No. 1, no? So right now, I focus and try to continue being the No. 2. But for sure my goal is to be the No. 1 any day.
Thank you.

End of FastScripts

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=41768

nevermind
03-17-2007, 01:53 PM
Hello , thank you all for the articles !

I don't know if you can all watch on TV but if you can't try this.
It works for me and am so happy i can see Rafa play again :
This side you download the TVU player.
From the channels choose Star Sports & you can see Rafa play full screen ...
http://www.tvunetworks.com/downloads/player.htm
:wavey:

linus
03-17-2007, 04:49 PM
this tournament, I asked myself to keep silent by Rafa' side sonsidering his last weeks :hug: tho I did spend little time to check up Rafa' match and the related infomation every round :)

but hours later, the match against Roddick smells of importance. I have to shout Vamos in advance here :rocker:

Rafa, be brave and believe in yourself :yeah:

PoderShileno
03-17-2007, 06:01 PM
vamos rafa a ganar hoy ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

VAMOSSS¡¡¡¡

mallorn
03-17-2007, 08:46 PM
I can't believe it. Just came back home and it's already over? :eek: 4 and 3?! An hour and 14 minutes?! :eek: Off to watch the tape. :yippee:

Tangy :hug: :hug:

Björki
03-17-2007, 08:57 PM
congrats Rafa :worship:

Johnny Groove
03-17-2007, 09:10 PM
sexy has been brought back, and hes actually doing well at a tourney where I STARTED the thread! :eek:

NO ONE start the Miami thread :armed:

martine2
03-17-2007, 09:10 PM
GREAT WIN Rafito!!!!

You're back :yeah: :yeah:

yana
03-17-2007, 09:16 PM
sexy has been brought back, and hes actually doing well at a tourney where I STARTED the thread! :eek:

NO ONE start the Miami thread :armed:



From now on, you'll start all the cheering threads!!!! :hatoff:

MaryWalsh
03-17-2007, 09:26 PM
beautiful win Rafa!!!!!!!!!:clap2: :hearts:

Alonsofz
03-17-2007, 10:21 PM
Nice match Rafa!! Vamos against Nole or Murray! :rocker2:

lau-mza
03-17-2007, 11:21 PM
Rafa... first of all we thank you for the availability of being able to answer a couple of questions.
R: It's no a problem at all, you made time to leave the questions and I to respond them now, this is compensatory haha.

Since what age "Rafi" starts feeling the love for the tennis...
R: Rafi!!! That's embarrassing, I hate that nickname haha but I know that you do it purposely. My attachment with tennis always has been there. Toni has been many for years coach of the Manacor's Tennis Club therefore my life has turned in part close to tennis. But if you ask me for pure honesty, I tell you that for me football was the most important thing. Tennis for me was one more sport of the 5 that I was practising and you know that it was the one that I liked least, I am telling you. I played football for my city up to the age of 11 ó 12 years and already during those years I was the Spanish Champion of Tennis, but even then I kept seeing it as a hobby until highly recommended by my uncle I decided on this sport that so many happy moments and few vacations it has given me haha.

Is it complicated that your relative Toni is your coach? Because I imagine that it has its pros and its cons in a relationship in that sense...
R: I tell you, with me it has had more pros that cons. The fact of knowing your coach of the whole life, of having this sentimental bond that has the fact of being your family serves very much, especially in this life that one has, of airport in airport, of conference in conference, from hotel to hotel, and everything that that implies. I say to you that to have someone from your blood on your side that listens to your problems not only tennis ones but personal ones too it helps very much.

But the fact of being a relative perhaps restrains a bit the possibility that you one day want to say " i touched the top with you and now I want to try another coach" ... it must be different to end with any coach that to end a relationship with a relative.
R: Is that I haven't thought about to end it and i don't think that i will do it. We have problems as the whole world does, like every player has them with his coach but never like to finish the relation. And in case of happening that, I tell you it would be very hypothetically, he never will be away of my career. He formed me, and I am what I am thanks to Toni.

I have the pleasure of knowing yourself and of knowing to your family at full jaja, I have realized that you are very close and that you continue being the "little boy" of the family. Ana Maria, your mother, treats you as "Rafi", "Rafiki", for Isabelita you are "Rafita" ... do you feel that the support of your family is fundamental for your achievements in the Tennis?
R: My family is all. I would love that my parents could travel much more often with me and my team but it is not possible. Isabel is growing, cannot travel for the School. But I feel that they support me diary, we speak for Chat(MSM), for the famous Skype that I love haha, and I feel their support day after day. They are my reason of life and clearly as you say, they are very demonstrative of the love that they have for me. My family is pretty united.

I had the opportunity to share Christmas with you and your family in Manacor and it called me deeply the attention that in your days off if there is something of what is veto is to speak of Tennis jaja ... because it gives me the impression to the first sight that Rafael Nadal lives for and for the Tennis.
R: It is that if I saw Tennis in vacations or I was speaking in the moments that I do not train, I would exploit. I prefer throw myself in bed to watch Football, to play the Play, to the GameCube or to eat, that is my another favourite pastime haha. I like to disconnect to full, it is not to get obsessed also. I am a Professional of the Tennis and as every Professional I deserve my space. And you well know that I know how to make a good use of it.

At the age of 16 Rafa you did your debut in a tournament " of the major leagues " as the TMS of Montecarlo, where you advanced 2 rounds, and made yourself known for defeating at that time the number 7 of the World and that today is someone very nearby to your career, Albert Costa. Was outlined in that moment your physical strength, psychological force, etc. To what do you believe that such a precociousness owes? Considering your so short age...
R: Don't know, since I have never wondered why it was all being so young. I believe that it influences very much the fact of having begun to so early age, to go knocking down challenges more early that others. The change of playing with boys of your age at facing to professionals is big. I passed very quick the Challengers level, and I believe that I knew take advantage of my opportunities. To the weeks of Montecarlo, I defeated my friend Charly (Carlos Moyá), who was 3 º ó 4 º and I believe that that was the final media push. I believe that I am a beneficiary of the life, but also a guy that has known taking advantage of these opportunities. Now, on my physicist, let me tell you that I was pretty scrawny at that time, so I don't think I had been emphasized so much because of it. Yes, psychologically I have been always very strong, probably for the fact of having begun so young and of having been always surrounded of big ones in the sport, as Carlitos (Moyá), Albert (Coast), the same Alex (Corretja), that with one or another way have helped me in everything. It was a great year this 2003.

It was in the same year 2003 that you played for 1 º time with Fernando, in Stuttgart .... do you remember something of this match?
R: I remember that I defeated a German in 1 º, and sadly I was in the side of Gonzalez right away. The truth I do not remember very much especially, but all the matches before Gonzalez are hard, demand me greatly and well, the score between us demonstrates it, speaks for itself only

How do you see Fernando in this season? ... do you feel that he can give the "cropper" and to remain with some TMS or Grand Slam after his brilliant performance in Australia?
R: Fernando Gonzalez has progressed an enormity. I played against him in Miami in hard court a couple of years ago and if you make me compare to this match of Australia, I tell you that Fernando clearly is another player. In Australia he had me crazy with his services and he made me do exactly the game that I was afraid that he would do to me. I was not in my 100 %, and Gonzalez moved me for all sides as monkey. I believe that his change of coach has benefited him greatly and well, I believe that he is in him to continue advancing. Besides he is a good sportsman and in spite of the fact that we are not friends and neither we have major relation, he is one the most cordial players of the Circuit.

Do you believe that Fernando, if he supports his level, he might manage to exceed you in the ranking at the end of the season or probably beyond it?
R: The possibility always is. I can get hurt tomorrow and lose all my points in clay, Garros's defense and just enough that Fernando illuminates himself in the European Tour and it gives what you say to me. But I have confidence; I am recapturing my level and the truth of the things I do not want to leave my seat until the day of my exit of the Tennis. So you tell to Gonzalez that he does not unfounded hopes for anything haha.

Three of the forum guys that contributed with his questions, were going to a similar point ... that from Wimbledon in forward there is a change probably in your form of playing, that you start trying to win more quickly the points, you start making more errors. To which it owes ... confidence lack? A proper low of the high level? Evolution in the game?
R: What nosy they are eh haha. Look, if we put to a machine all, it can be the union of these 3 motives. I do not want to speak about confidence lack or low, but there comes a moment in which you have to fail, in that you cannot win everything and in which it can be that you throw yourself down. I feel that it is natural and that it is proper of the sport. I would love to win everything, but it cannot. In the pre-season I have tried to improve my service, to improve a couple of more technical aspects and well, I am ready to implement everything. The season just begins and a lot remains. The life evolves, so why my game wouldn't do it.

It comes Roland Garros 2007 ... Tri-championship?
R: I love Roland Garros, love the tournament, love the people and undoubtedly that this year I will put everything of me to win it. It is the tournament that more excites me in the season and I will leave everything of me to achieve it. Though it does not forget me that who Federer is and that the guy has just one objective today, which is to have the trophy. But there I will be to prevent it. The clay is my favourite surface and this year I am sure that I'll go very good.

The reign continues then in Paris...
R: Sure. Roland Garros is one of my aims this season.

Which are others?... Your goals for this season...
R: Fundamentally win Roland Garros, not to suffer an injury and to have a good performance in the Grand Slam. Remembers that I defend Wimbledon's Final and believe that to achieve the victory there would be something really beautiful for my career.

Do you believe that you can take the Nº1 from Roger Federer? Or do you see number 1 after his retirement?... Behind they come " putting noise " Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Korolev ... the same Berdych haha.
R: If I believed that I couldn't be it I would not be playing. We all play to be the best and this it is our aim in the long term. Clearly Federer is the dominator of the Circuit in these moments, but the truth of the things is that I feel that his hegemony is not going to last beyond 2 ó 3 years. I feel that he is the best player of the history, and feel also that passed approximately 3 seasons, I can turn into the guy that overthrew the best of the history, and why not, to pass I to occupy that seat. We all fight to be outlined in our professions.

What do you believe that it is necessary to have to win Federer?
R: I am going to simplify you what you have to transcribe then... PATIENCE ... nothing more than that. Roger is bothered much that they return to him and that they attack permanently for the right. You saw what Cañas did the other day, he was returning to him 2 more balls of which the rest returns to him and he trampled on him. Patience more intelligence and a pinch of luck, it is the ideal complement to defeat him. Though we do not deny that when the guy gets up with the flushed lights, it is monstrous.

With a couple of "TOP players" you have the negative score. Hewitt, Berdych, Blake, with Fernando ... which of them would you like to revert in the medium term?
R: To Berdych I would like to win him promptly to take off the anger of the Madrid's match about all the things. And well, to defeat James Blake also is important, because I have never achieved it and because he has defeated me in decisive instances. They take my dream away.

How you get along with Berdych outside the tracks? Especially after the encounter in Madrid. The truth ok, nothing of being politically correct, because if you don't I'll tell the truth haha.
R: Haha, it does not make me a problem to say the truth. I do not get along well with him, I believe that the Madrid thing has been unnecessary, his challenging attitude has altered the people and well his reaction was intemperate. I have said things angry that did not correspond but he has continued with the topic much later. We don't like to each other since much before and really I am not interested in appearing as his friend, because we are not and because he devotes himself to speak badly of other persons, it is his common pattern.

With Gaudio you had a problem also, in Montecarlo if I am not wrong about a couple of seasons, even it is said that you managed to say to him "Sudaca of Shit"...
R: I do not remember what I said to him but yes that I had an encounter with him. Clearly I regret treating him badly. I do not remember if I used that phrase but if I remember that I was pretty hard with him. Gastón one of the guys that takes you out of the tranquillity. He is a good person outside the court, but inside he transforms himself.

What Spaniard tennis players do you believe that it will be the refill of the tennis of your country?
R: There is a couple of boys that there come below that can do noise in the Circuit, as Andujar or Boje but I believe that the Spanish tennis has to have patience that already will come a great champion: Carlos Boluda.

Which do you believe that it is the best way in order that the juvenile one prepares himself to be a top player of the ATP?... Entering early to the ATP circuit like you made it, or play up to 18 years in the juvenile circuit ITF for then to get in already with certain experience?
R: I am nobody to give advices or anything similar, but I believe that everything depends on the person, believe that these things have to see case to case and to be taking advantage of the opportunities that are given. Now, it is fundamental that a boy who is playing Juniors could bring together his game with Futures or invitations to Challengers. The force of the hits changes very much in all the categories and it is indispensable to try before time, it allows you to come more strengthened to the high competition. I think that the ideal thing is to tint both things. Now, I was lucky and the conviction to take advantage of my opportunities and probably yes, to skip the natural stages of the tennis. Though this is relative, because in my country there is a lot of Futures and Challengers, on the other hand in other places the step is more difficult to the major leagues.

Which is your major virtue and your major failing Rafa?
R: My major virtue is the work I believe. To arrive to the top it is necessary to work hard and I think that if there is something in which I am outlined it is in working and to struggle day after day to improve. My major failing ... mm, it is more difficult haha... probably about being a bit grumpy and often unconcernedly with my friends, I leave them often and it has given me a couple of sadnesses, so I am improving day after day that haha.

Changing topic ... do you think that Spain is in debt with regard to the Davis Cup issue? Beyond injuries and drawings, the concrete fact is that in the last versions they have ended playing the playoff or advancing to quarters of final in bitter way.
R: I don't know if it is that we are in debt, but we have achieved important things for Davis Cup. I could take part 2004 in the process that took us to the championship in Seville. Humbly, I had the opportunity to give the victory to my country in 1º Round before the Czech Republic there, defeating Stepanek of a brilliant way, though good, equal I lost my another single before Jiri and the doubles, but I went to prop haha. In Semis also I played a point and that was that of the victory before Clement, besides the doubles with Tommy in a marathonic point, in that I ended pretty touched. And not even to say of the Final in Seville, I defeated Andy in 4 Sets in one of the matches that I remember the most. I remember since I got up to the last point that I played. That match marked my career. These years we have had problems of conformation of the team, injuries for my side, desertions for other one, changes in the direction of the team, etc, then it becomes more complicated. Now we win the Swisses and I think that we have chance of repeating the title of 2004, and not to happen for the frights of the playoff like the one that we live with Italy..

What do you think of the Round Robin system and of James Blake's mishap in the ATP of Las Vegas?
R: De Villiers approached me last season to consult me about what I was thinking about the system. It seemed to me quite novel and believed that it would be of great reception of the people and of the organizers of tournaments for the fact that it was played like in the Masters. But I think that the invention that was done, that the groups were of 3 players and not 4 as in the Masters, that they passed the embarrassment as the one of Las Vegas with the Russian boy, seems to me that they are unpresentable. Up to the moment it happens reproving, in spite of the fact that I was considering myself to be a guy that was in favour of the implementation. Already I am not for anything sure.

Whom of the current players of the circuit do you see with major projection in the short and medium term?
R: Andy Murray is a very complete player who will give much to speak. The Russian one that we were speaking (Korolev) has good blows and can make noise. Gasquet and I do not remain behind jaja, we are friends and share many things together in the tours when children and I believe that we have still major projection haha. And from South America I like a lot Juan Martin Del Potro and Juan Mónaco, two big hitters and that sure will take the name of Argentina and South America very far.

Do you know some Chilean junior?
R: Not really, but well, for you and for the times that I've read your Forum I have known more than anything names. This boy of Polish surname (Podlipnik) and a couple more that I do not remember but that I have listened at some time. And well, Nicolas, this boy who says that he is called Nadal and that they say that he hits it very well in spite of his short years. Happy of that my continuity is a boy with talent haha.

One question more of the day after day ... why such particular trousers?. Uncomfortable?
R: When I saw the question that Jose had done to me (Josemalito refers) has seemed to me to be pretty graceful, because almost everybody ask me that. You know that I like to be in style, to impose styles and to mark trends ja and clearly the pirate’s pants do it, the slippers also and other things more proper enough haha. They produce inconvenience in certain part of the body (he refers to the "Famous Ass" to the one that did allusion in Australia), but it is a part of the commercial and fashionable sense that I like to wear.

I know that you are sensitive enough to almost everything haha... do the recurrent rumours or mistrusts with regard to your physical condition affect you?
R: These stupidities not. So many things have been said of me, that really already nothing embitters me. That I inject myself things, that I take others things, a sensationalist newspaper spoke about my supposed homosexuality, an Argentine one wrote that I gave positive a couple of months ago, etc. If you do not arm yourself a cuirass in this world, you are demolished. They helped me to create it with the same ill-disposed rumours. That they say what they want, the truth is just one, and I am interested in knowing it and those who surround me and I am interested that they know it. If I am sluggish, ugly, homosexual or addicted to the girls, it is something that nobody cares about. I play tennis and nothing any more interest.

Your best friends?
R: In the tennis, my best friend of all is Feli (Feliciano Lopez), is with the guy that I share more and with whom every year we hire a house in London for the weeks of Queens and Wimbledon. I love very much Carlos (Moyá) and Tommy Robredo. And to them to add a couple more that they fill my life of pretty things, between them you and your family.

Do you come to Viña del Mar next year?
R: I go to South America in February, but the truth is difficult for me to go to Viña del Mar , in the date after Australia and before the Davis. I would like to go, it is a hanging debt with you and with the nice people over there and I hope to fulfill it. But for it I hope that they change the date, which lamentably is terrible for my calendar. But I will be in Buenos Aires and in Acapulco if everything goes out since is planned.

Well Rafa, thank you very much for the time, for the double interview that in any case is for your fault haha and well, I wish that you'll be here to play some day in the national ATP and we wait for you for the summer vacations of this side of the world.
R: I wait to be there after the Masters approximately 15 days. The second time is the one haha. Regards to all and thank you very much for their questions and I hope that my answers satisfy them. I wait to be able to continue reading them and congratulations on the initiative.

mallorn
03-18-2007, 12:10 AM
Thank you lau-mza! :hug:

From DPA via playfuls.com:
Nadal Nails First Finals Spot Since Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal stormed to within one win of his first-title in nine months as he crushed American Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in at the Indian Wells Masters.

Nadal, distant world number 2 behind Roger Federer, won his last trophy in June as he claimed a second straight Roland Garros crown.

He will playing in his first final since since losing to Federer at Wimbledon last summer against the winner from young guns Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

"This week is my best in last six months, it's a very important week for me," said the delighted second seed. "I'm in a final again, I'm very happy for that.

"I'm in my best moment right now. I played my best tennis today against one of the most difficult opponents. I served well, but not as well as Roddick. But I played today with a good mentality."

Roddick was broken for the first time in the tournament as Nadal's serve stung the American in the fifth game of the opening set.

It only went downhill from there for the crowd favourite.

Roddick lost his fourth match of the season against 18 wins but is still without a title in 2007. Nadal improved to 14-4.

The match was a re-play of a 2004 Davis Cup final which Spain won in Seville and a preview of next week's Davis quarter-finals between the two nations in North Carolina on a similar hardcourt.

The 20-year-old Nadal will be looking for his fifth ATP title on hard courts after Masters trophies in Montreal and Madrid, plus Beijing (all in 2005) and Dubai in 2006.

He has gone a dozen events without a title, second longest dry spell of his career.

Roddick appeared powerless against the Spaniard's precision serving, though the battling American saved two break points in the first game of the second set with aces.

Roddick steadied despite falling behind in the second set as Nadal ground relentlessly towards the victory. The Spaniard laid on a final indignity as he broke Roddick for the third time to close out the rout in 73 minutes.

Nadal struck 33 winners and just a dozen unforced errors, more than nullifying the 16 aces off the Roddick racket.

© 2007 DPA

http://www.playfuls.com/news_0000009158_Nadal_Nails_First_Finals_Spot_Sinc e_Roland_Garros.html

mallorn
03-18-2007, 12:13 AM
Andy's presser. I just love his conferences. :inlove:
R. NADAL/A. Roddick

6-4, 6-3

An interview with:

ANDY RODDICK


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was that a question of him playing perfect or you not establishing what you wanted to establish?
ANDY RODDICK: Probably both. I thought he played real well. I mean, when I watched him the last six months or so, he kind of, I'd been playing a little bit more defensive and leaving balls short sometimes, and today he came out and played super-aggressive, got great depth. I never felt comfortable. I felt like his ball was really jumping out there. So I wasn't getting good swings on it. Combine that with me on my own service games, it makes for an uphill battle.

Q. So you talk about coming in the other night about making aggressive shots, moving in. When he's hitting without the top spin, it's tough to get in?
ANDY RODDICK: Especially on this court, the ball really takes off and, you know, I just felt like I was kind of -- I was kind of fighting it off some points. Then if I did get a look I got so excited, I maybe rushed it a little bit.
You know, so I think a lot of the credit goes to him, though. I thought he returned well. I thought he served really well today and kind of had me on heel step.

Q. You almost seemed to get over ran sometimes. You know, Australia was a tough match. It seemed like you were overeager, you were dying to get at these guys, and some how, it throws you off a little bit?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know about that. I don't feel that way, so I guess I can't comment further on it.

Q. You've had a couple really tough matches with Fernando Verdasco, another Spanish left-hander. Do you think it's the left-handed baseline game that maybe is challenging for you?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I've gotten Verdasco a lot more than he's gotten me. But my record against lefties in my career is actually pretty good. You know, I think it has more to do with just the kind of ball that he was hitting out there today rather than being lefty, righty. He was picking balls off both sides today, so, you know, I don't know if that's as key as him just playing well today.

Q. How tough is it to close points out at the net against him 'cause he passes unbelievably well?
ANDY RODDICK: A couple times he picked a couple off his shoes running in the forehand and hit them. I mean, just crushed them up the line. It wasn't even like he was hitting set passes. I mean, I had him running, I had him kind of below the net where I wanted him, and he was almost hitting them flat and hard up the line.
When he hits passes like that, it makes it real difficult. He's tough, because, I mean, it's no secret he moves well, and when he's kind of adding playing aggressively and clicking and hitting the ball confidently as well as his defense, it's -- you know it's why he's become the player that he's become.

Q. Is it surprising that he played so aggressively today, were you playing --
ANDY RODDICK: I didn't -- no. I mean, I've watched a couple matches throughout the week, and he's obviously gotten better as he's going along.
Over the last six months, I feel like guys have been getting hits in on him, kind of hit one, two balls maybe, get a short one. He's had trouble with a couple of big hitters, and today, he was -- you know he wasn't only hitting like his hook forehand to the backhand, but the shot that he was killing me with, he was just cracking it up the line, from his forehand, you know, kind of going this way and almost, you know, just hitting up the line. I haven't seen that one a lot from him lately. So it did surprise me a little bit, yeah.

Q. Playing like that, could he beat Federer?
ANDY RODDICK: This is a good surface for him to do it, you know. Obviously it's tough, you know. But I think if he plays like that, he definitely gives himself a shot. He must have played similar to that last year in Dubai if he beat him on hard. You know, but he's beaten him before, so I don't see why not.

Q. If you were to play him again, say, next week, would you imagine having to do something different or doing what you did today better?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, we were talking about it, Jimmy and I just now, and we said, you know, we're going to have to go back and look at this match and really kind of think about what we would try to do a little bit differently. You know, you can say you want to go with this stuff, but with him playing the way he was, I got outplayed, start to finish, that's the bottom line.
He out played me today. His ball was jumping. It was tough for me to really get much on my ground strokes because of that. I definitely have to play better. The things that I did well this whole week was serve and that first forehand. I played two really bad games with those two shots. So I'd have to clean up those to give myself a better shot.

Q. A little bit more of a touch game in there. Did that mess up his rhythm at all or mess you up more than him?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I hit a couple slices deep and he kind of crushed them today. But I don't know if that my best play against him is dropshots and finesse. I mean, he seemed like he was coming out and swinging from the hips today. I don't know.
I personally don't feel like that would have been the play today, but what do I know, I got my butt kicked, so, you know, maybe you're onto something.

Q. Back to his serve, what you mentioned a little bit, is it spin and placement or is he hitting a little harder than you expected it his serve?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean both. I thought he mixed it up well, but he was hitting flat up the T on the add side today, which you don't see a lot. You normally expect the can opener and then he's going to take the big one. He was doing that. He must have hit the line six or seven times where I didn't a play on it so, credit to him. He served well today.

Q. Your game seems to be changing right in front of our eyes, basically over the months as you're incorporating different things and trying new things. Is that -- I mean, so is that match like a barometer for how you're coming along? Does it make you wonder about what direction you need to take now?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I look at it as -- you know, I kind of try to look at it as a process. If you're telling me, you know, I was two points away from dropping out of the top 20 if I lose that first match in Cincinnati, and now I'm 3 in the world. I'm losing -- the guys I've lost to this year, Murray, Haas, Federer, Nadal - that's right, right - there's progress being made. It's a matter of stepping it up to that next level. I've gotten back to where I feel like I belong, you know, kind of in the spectrum of the game. And now it's just a matter of finding that next level and improving that much more.
And that's it's easier said than done. But I'm going the right way. I'm, you know, even the weeks where I don't feel like I'm hitting the ball great, I'm still getting deep in the tournament. I'm giving myself a shot. I just have to keep plugging away. It happened real fast at first. It's a matter of trying to maintain that and getting better. You know, I'm going to keep plugging.

Q. We don't know who's going to play in the final, but who would you give more chance, if he plays well like this, maybe Djokovic or Murray in the final?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. If he plays like that, I think it's tough for either one, to be honest. You know, I know him and Murray had a tough one in Australia, but I think a lot of it depends on how Rafa plays.

Q. Did you watch Murray last night?
ANDY RODDICK: I did.

Q. What did you think?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I don't know. It was good TV. You know, I had a Holyfield fight on ESPN Classic that I had to turn off to watch Murray and Haas. So it was -- I didn't know what the hell was going on at any time during that whole match. I was thoroughly confused.

Q. Is that part of his secret, to thoroughly confuse people?
ANDY RODDICK: Confuse and conquer? :haha:

Q. Is that an element to his game? Is it part of his game to confuse your position and then to beat you?
ANDY RODDICK: I guess. I don't know if you -- I mean, I don't know, Neal, you think he goes into -- in the matches saying, "I'm really gonna confuse this guy, and then once I'm down a set and roll around for a while, I'm gonna come out and kick his ass"? You think that's a planned attack (laughter)? :haha:

Q. That aside, part of his strategy is to bamboozle the opposition, something that he does?
ANDY RODDICK: I love your words. :haha:

Q. He does it better than anybody else?
ANDY RODDICK: Let's not get carried away with "better than anybody else." I mean that's --

Q. Better than 75 percent of the players?
ANDY RODDICK: At least 75 percent, for sure. I'll give you that. But, no, he does -- the way he's able to kind of mix it up and, you know, you kind of have trouble getting a read on how he -- he is able to play different ways. You feel like he's about to die, then he's running like crazy, and then it's, you know -- and so he's tough.
I mean, he's tough. He doesn't go away and he has a lot of shots to -- he definitely makes you think out there. It's a chess match with him.

Q. So what were you thinking when he was sitting there having his ankle worked on for seven, eight, nine minutes?
ANDY RODDICK: I was actually at dinner thinking, "I hope my steak gets here soon. I'm hungry." And then I said -- I remember I was waiting for my food and I was over at the bar watching the TV, while we were waiting for our food, these guys were sitting behind, they were saying, "Oh, he's out for four months."
I said, "I think he'll be running around in about 15 or 20 here." And I won, yeah (smiling).

Q. Is that annoying?
ANDY RODDICK: Sorry?

Q. As an opponent, is that annoying?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, you look at the replay, he definitely tweaked his ankle a little bit. A lot of times you don't know how bad it is at first. There's that shooting pain. There's a matter of if you can walk it off or not. Sometimes you can five minutes later and sometimes you can't. I mean, I'm sure it didn't feel good today, but, you know, you like to give the guy the benefit of the doubt there.

Q. Can you give me an update on your charitable foundation? Is there anything happening this year? What's the final total, because the book, you know, is up to your mom, I assume?
ANDY RODDICK: Yep. No, we've got a couple events later in the year already. We actually have some exciting people come. I'm not able to say yet, but very soon we'll have -- we have a good lineup this year at a couple of events, so I'm excited about that.

Q. Andy, in terms of Davis Cup, it will be a fresh new day there, 14, 15,000 screaming Americans. You'll be wearing the red, white, and blue, so to speak. Is that a fresh start and can you comment on that?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's a fresh start. I'm not going to carry this over, whatever, a month, three weeks from now or whatever it is. And hopefully, the court will be a little bit different. Hopefully the ball will stay a little bit down. If I drive through the ball, it will go through the court a little bit more. It's a different time, you know. It's why you play tennis. You come to prove yourself on a weekly basis. I'm going to have to do it there a little bit better than I did this week. It's as simple as that.

Q. Back to today's match.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Was there any point you thought --
ANDY RODDICK: That's no fun.

Q. Party pooper. I'm sorry.
ANDY RODDICK: I was having fun for the first time.

Q. Was there any point where you thought you could turn it around or did it go by so fast you really felt like you couldn't get it if you wanted?
ANDY RODDICK: I really screwed it up in the first game, second set, because I was starting to play -- I played a bad game in the first set. I played a really bad game at the start of the second set. He kind of -- when someone's confident, you kind of give him charity on top of it, it really doesn't help the situation. And, you know, from there, I felt like I was really playing catch-up. Because in the first set, besides that, I probably hit double, and I missed a forehand.
But besides that, I actually didn't hit the ball that badly, and I played just a horrible game the first game of the second set. You know, it was -- I made it real tough on myself there after that. You know, I felt like he did a good job of putting the clamps down after that.

Q. Do you feel like you're able to shake it off, though? I mean, sometimes it looks like you get yourself going just a little bit and can you pull back any time before it disintegrates totally?
ANDY RODDICK: What was that question? Sorry, I didn't --

Q. It looks sometimes like you get a little excited about the couple mistakes you make. I wonder if that takes you over the edge and that game is gone?
ANDY RODDICK: I love these questions 'cause if I use it like the other night and I'm excited and go, it's like, oh, you've got this good positive energy going the last couple of months, if I -- I'm expressive on court. I always have been. It's the way I play. It works for me. I actually didn't -- I yelled late in the second set, but besides that, nothing was broken today. I didn't drop my racket at all. You know, I don't know if that was the case today.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.

Q. Which Holyfield fight was it?
ANDY RODDICK: Who was it? It was against Mercer. It was the first, the come-back fight. I didn't see it, though, because I had Days of Our Lives going on the other channel.
Thanks.

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mallorn
03-18-2007, 12:17 AM
Rafa's presser:
R. NADAL/A. Roddick

6-4, 6-3

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It must be encouraging for you, considering people have been talking about your hard court game and wondering where your game was at. Could you just comment on how well you played today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I play -- I think I play very, very complete match, for sure. I think it's the best match in season, no? I was saying before the tournament, the first day here before I start the tournament, I said, my opinion I was in my best moment of the season, for sure, and the best moment from last six months. Right now, for sure, I am in the finals, so beating Andy Roddick today is a very, very good win for me.
He's one of the best players in the world, No. 3 right now, and especially in this place, so that's very good win for me. That's for sure.

Q. You spent the last, I don't know, 15 minutes of your practice playing that serve down the middle, and it worked really well in the match today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

Q. That was a very good service performance.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I was serving very well. Yeah, maybe I wasn't served too faster, but I change all the time, no? I change all the time the direction of the serve, the speed, too. Sometimes a little bit faster, sometimes a little bit slowly, sometimes with kick, with top spin, and other times light. So I change all the time, the rhythm of the serve.
So that's very important, and I feel very comfortable with my serve, because I, I don't know, about 80 percent or 80, yeah, first serves, so that's good. What I tell you, it was very, very complete match for me because I was with the forehand with the best line unbelievable. I change all the time to the -- (in Spanish)

Q. Down the line.
RAFAEL NADAL: -- down the line. It was important for me to play all time against the backhand of Roddick, because if I play a time with my forehand against his backhand, well, I think I have best forehand than his backhand. But the game come slowly, and that's better for him.
So my coach say, maybe for the other match, I play two to the backhand, but change a lot of times to the forehand, and I play very good in this, no.

Q. He's been playing much better over the past year, rushing the net, but you also passed him extremely well today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, when I feel good, I have one -- one of my best shots, the passing shot, no? Always when I was playing fine, I always have a very good passing shots. With the forehand especially, if I arrive good with the legs, I have good chances for have good passing shot. And, well, I continuing, like well -- (Spanish)
THE MODERATOR: "When he was at the net, I was just playing well my shots."
RAFAEL NADAL: Fine. Mas o menos.

Q. Were you surprised at how quickly the match went?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know the match go quick, because when he serve, all points are quick. But always the match is quick against him. But well, I wasn't expecting one 6-4, 6-3, that's for sure, no?

Q. Who would you actually prefer or like to have in the final, Djokovic or Murray, or there's no difference when you play well like this?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, right now, if I play like this, I have chances against anyone. But I know I can lose, too, because they are playing very well. They are coming very good this year. They have good wins. Andy Murray won in San Jose maybe, where, San Jose. And Djokovic play three sets in quarter finals against Federer in Dubai, played semifinals in Rotterdam, won on (indiscernible), too. Right now, he in semifinals. So anyone is playing with big confidence, playing very well.
And I not -- I know it gonna be very tough match. I just try continue playing at the level. If I continue playing like this, I have chance, no?

Q. When you played Andy in Australia, how were you playing in Australia compared to now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it was very important match for me there. It was good win. But the truth is, right now I feel so much better than Australia. But I'm not saying right now I feel better, I gonna win, well, I feel better. I can lose anyway. But, for sure, I'm playing so much better than Australia right now, no?

Q. You've been complaining all week about how bad your golf has been going, 21-over the other day. Do you think maybe the worse you play on the course, the better you play on the tennis court?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yesterday improve a little bit score, 15-over. So, yes, I lose, I lose, too, but I improve a little bit.

Q. Did you get the idea to go down the middle today serving from playing the course yesterday?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. When you went down the middle yesterday on the course, on the golf course --
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, if yesterday I play with my serve in the middle in the course, maybe the result change a little bit.

Q. I have a serious question about golf. Do you think it seriously will help you a little bit to take your mind off the tennis court and go and play golf?
RAFAEL NADAL: Speaking true, I don't know. I don't know, not well. It's important do some things when you are in the tournament. Here the Play Station is not working because -- the Play Station not working here. Because the energy, I don't know, it change. I don't know. I can watch some films. Very nice place. But what can I do here?
Well, it's important to have to do different things for be when you are outside of the courts. Because always you have lot of time outside of home, and if you are just thinking about tennis all the time, it's difficult, because you put more pressure on you.
For example, when I am sleeping, when I am trying to sleep in the night, I prefer to sleep with watching one film or something, because if you close the lights, just without the sleep, I can stay one hour, one hour and a half thinking about the match of tomorrow or thinking, I don't know.
But I prefer the mind be occupied in other thing.

Q. Because you're playing so well, would you wish that Roger would be in the finals because you played so well today?
RAFAEL NADAL: What? Well, no, no, no. Seriously, no. I prefer this one -- anyone, I prefer Djokovic, but anyone gonna be very, very tough match. But for sure, I don't know in the future, but right now I am not playing against the best of history.

Q. Do you think you feel less pressure, maybe you're playing better because you don't have that pressure there, there's not Roger in the distance?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. No. Doesn't matter that.

Q. What do you think will be the key, the important part of the match tomorrow, first if you play Djokovic and also if you play Murray?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know any key. That's true, no? I don't know. The key is try to play my best tennis, because I gonna play against very difficult opponent, very good player. So if I not playing my 100 percent, I have big chances for lose the match. So that's it. Just try to play my best.

Q. When was the last time you played as well as you did today, do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't remember exactly, no? But for sure, this week, gonna be very, very important week for me. After, I don't know, some months without playing like this, come back and play this final in one hard Master Series is very important for me.

Q. You'll be spending quite a bit of time in America during this part of the year. What do you like best about America when you're here?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't, I -- well, I not doing so much different things when I am here and we are in other places of the world. So, well, that's -- (in Spanish)
THE MODERATOR: It's like everything is like bigger here. And, for instance, like the golf courses, they have some of the best golf courses, more spectacular golf courses in the world.

Q. And in terms of maybe what's not so good when you're here?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer the Mediterranean food.

Q. You've been talking all week about finding your form, feeling good, playing better. But why now? Why these last couple weeks, and what was preventing you from playing that well two months ago, three months ago, four months ago?
RAFAEL NADAL: I work -- I work a lot, no? I don't know, but, well, I been trying to find this performance every week. And when you are working hard and try to every week at your best, try your best, well, I wasn't win, but I am in quarter finals, semifinals, quarter finals every time.
So I wasn't playing my best, but in every tournament, I was there. So that's true and that's important, because without my best tennis, mentally was okay always. So maybe for that reason, right now I find my best tennis, no?

Q. Confidence-wise when you're striking the ball now, you have more confidence on certain shots, like you were talking about the forehand down the line.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have the confidence right now because I practice very well last weeks. For that reason, I have confidence, no? And for sure when you are in semifinals, you have better confidence than when you are at first round. But for sure because I am practicing better.

Q. When you learn who your opponent is tonight for tomorrow, will you plan strategy tonight? Will you develop, what we call a game plan, perhaps?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you can always watch somethings, but little bit. Finally you need play your game. I need play my game. I just try to play my best tennis, but with my game, not thinking about opponent.
You know, if, for example, Federer have unbelievable forehand, try to play a little bit more for against his backhand, no? But that's it. After that, you only play your game. Because if you are thinking about the opponent finally, you lost your game.

Q. Do you think there's a particular match here where things turned around for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. A particular match in this tournament where you felt the confidence coming back, where you felt it turned around?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I feel very well in every match, no? As well the first match against Clement, I have some double faults and the backhand was a little bit bad. But after that, I play very good match, Verdasco, unbelievable, and Ferrero.
Yesterday or before yesterday was okay, well, not the best match, but I play good in important moments. I have two breaks in the 5-all, and today, very, very good match.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.
RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much.

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Thank you Moon! :worship:

Alonsofz
03-18-2007, 01:03 AM
Gracias por traducirlo lau-mza, estoy seguro de que los otros foristas de MTF que hablen inglés te lo agradecerán mucho :D

Castafiore
03-18-2007, 09:12 AM
Thanks very much for the translation, lau-mza (and alonsofz for posting the interview in the first place). Some great questions with a relaxed Rafael Nadal answering them.

**
I just love reading the pressers of Andy Roddick in general. He's open, gives great answers and simply does not hide behind excuses which is a great accomplishement since his pride must have been dented!

MixY
03-18-2007, 10:01 AM
And so we have reached the finalls... This is just hell exciting!!! :yippee: What do you have to say about Novak? He is like a national hero in my country,we are all so happy that he has got to the first ten :dance: Can't wait to see what happens today...:aplot: :rolls: Best regards to all of you here from Serbia! GO NOLE! VAMOS RAFA!

yana
03-18-2007, 10:18 AM
Rafa... first of all we thank you for the availability of being able to answer a couple of questions.
R: It's no a problem at all, you made time to leave the questions and I to respond them now, this is compensatory haha.

Since what age "Rafi" starts feeling the love for the tennis...
R: Rafi!!! That's embarrassing, I hate that nickname haha but I know that you do it purposely. My attachment with tennis always has been there. Toni has been many for years coach of the Manacor's Tennis Club therefore my life has turned in part close to tennis. But if you ask me for pure honesty, I tell you that for me football was the most important thing. Tennis for me was one more sport of the 5 that I was practising and you know that it was the one that I liked least, I am telling you. I played football for my city up to the age of 11 ó 12 years and already during those years I was the Spanish Champion of Tennis, but even then I kept seeing it as a hobby until highly recommended by my uncle I decided on this sport that so many happy moments and few vacations it has given me haha.

Is it complicated that your relative Toni is your coach? Because I imagine that it has its pros and its cons in a relationship in that sense...
R: I tell you, with me it has had more pros that cons. The fact of knowing your coach of the whole life, of having this sentimental bond that has the fact of being your family serves very much, especially in this life that one has, of airport in airport, of conference in conference, from hotel to hotel, and everything that that implies. I say to you that to have someone from your blood on your side that listens to your problems not only tennis ones but personal ones too it helps very much.

But the fact of being a relative perhaps restrains a bit the possibility that you one day want to say " i touched the top with you and now I want to try another coach" ... it must be different to end with any coach that to end a relationship with a relative.
R: Is that I haven't thought about to end it and i don't think that i will do it. We have problems as the whole world does, like every player has them with his coach but never like to finish the relation. And in case of happening that, I tell you it would be very hypothetically, he never will be away of my career. He formed me, and I am what I am thanks to Toni.

I have the pleasure of knowing yourself and of knowing to your family at full jaja, I have realized that you are very close and that you continue being the "little boy" of the family. Ana Maria, your mother, treats you as "Rafi", "Rafiki", for Isabelita you are "Rafita" ... do you feel that the support of your family is fundamental for your achievements in the Tennis?
R: My family is all. I would love that my parents could travel much more often with me and my team but it is not possible. Isabel is growing, cannot travel for the School. But I feel that they support me diary, we speak for Chat(MSM), for the famous Skype that I love haha, and I feel their support day after day. They are my reason of life and clearly as you say, they are very demonstrative of the love that they have for me. My family is pretty united.

I had the opportunity to share Christmas with you and your family in Manacor and it called me deeply the attention that in your days off if there is something of what is veto is to speak of Tennis jaja ... because it gives me the impression to the first sight that Rafael Nadal lives for and for the Tennis.
R: It is that if I saw Tennis in vacations or I was speaking in the moments that I do not train, I would exploit. I prefer throw myself in bed to watch Football, to play the Play, to the GameCube or to eat, that is my another favourite pastime haha. I like to disconnect to full, it is not to get obsessed also. I am a Professional of the Tennis and as every Professional I deserve my space. And you well know that I know how to make a good use of it.

At the age of 16 Rafa you did your debut in a tournament " of the major leagues " as the TMS of Montecarlo, where you advanced 2 rounds, and made yourself known for defeating at that time the number 7 of the World and that today is someone very nearby to your career, Albert Costa. Was outlined in that moment your physical strength, psychological force, etc. To what do you believe that such a precociousness owes? Considering your so short age...
R: Don't know, since I have never wondered why it was all being so young. I believe that it influences very much the fact of having begun to so early age, to go knocking down challenges more early that others. The change of playing with boys of your age at facing to professionals is big. I passed very quick the Challengers level, and I believe that I knew take advantage of my opportunities. To the weeks of Montecarlo, I defeated my friend Charly (Carlos Moyá), who was 3 º ó 4 º and I believe that that was the final media push. I believe that I am a beneficiary of the life, but also a guy that has known taking advantage of these opportunities. Now, on my physicist, let me tell you that I was pretty scrawny at that time, so I don't think I had been emphasized so much because of it. Yes, psychologically I have been always very strong, probably for the fact of having begun so young and of having been always surrounded of big ones in the sport, as Carlitos (Moyá), Albert (Coast), the same Alex (Corretja), that with one or another way have helped me in everything. It was a great year this 2003.

It was in the same year 2003 that you played for 1 º time with Fernando, in Stuttgart .... do you remember something of this match?
R: I remember that I defeated a German in 1 º, and sadly I was in the side of Gonzalez right away. The truth I do not remember very much especially, but all the matches before Gonzalez are hard, demand me greatly and well, the score between us demonstrates it, speaks for itself only

How do you see Fernando in this season? ... do you feel that he can give the "cropper" and to remain with some TMS or Grand Slam after his brilliant performance in Australia?
R: Fernando Gonzalez has progressed an enormity. I played against him in Miami in hard court a couple of years ago and if you make me compare to this match of Australia, I tell you that Fernando clearly is another player. In Australia he had me crazy with his services and he made me do exactly the game that I was afraid that he would do to me. I was not in my 100 %, and Gonzalez moved me for all sides as monkey. I believe that his change of coach has benefited him greatly and well, I believe that he is in him to continue advancing. Besides he is a good sportsman and in spite of the fact that we are not friends and neither we have major relation, he is one the most cordial players of the Circuit.

Do you believe that Fernando, if he supports his level, he might manage to exceed you in the ranking at the end of the season or probably beyond it?
R: The possibility always is. I can get hurt tomorrow and lose all my points in clay, Garros's defense and just enough that Fernando illuminates himself in the European Tour and it gives what you say to me. But I have confidence; I am recapturing my level and the truth of the things I do not want to leave my seat until the day of my exit of the Tennis. So you tell to Gonzalez that he does not unfounded hopes for anything haha.

Three of the forum guys that contributed with his questions, were going to a similar point ... that from Wimbledon in forward there is a change probably in your form of playing, that you start trying to win more quickly the points, you start making more errors. To which it owes ... confidence lack? A proper low of the high level? Evolution in the game?
R: What nosy they are eh haha. Look, if we put to a machine all, it can be the union of these 3 motives. I do not want to speak about confidence lack or low, but there comes a moment in which you have to fail, in that you cannot win everything and in which it can be that you throw yourself down. I feel that it is natural and that it is proper of the sport. I would love to win everything, but it cannot. In the pre-season I have tried to improve my service, to improve a couple of more technical aspects and well, I am ready to implement everything. The season just begins and a lot remains. The life evolves, so why my game wouldn't do it.

It comes Roland Garros 2007 ... Tri-championship?
R: I love Roland Garros, love the tournament, love the people and undoubtedly that this year I will put everything of me to win it. It is the tournament that more excites me in the season and I will leave everything of me to achieve it. Though it does not forget me that who Federer is and that the guy has just one objective today, which is to have the trophy. But there I will be to prevent it. The clay is my favourite surface and this year I am sure that I'll go very good.

The reign continues then in Paris...
R: Sure. Roland Garros is one of my aims this season.

Which are others?... Your goals for this season...
R: Fundamentally win Roland Garros, not to suffer an injury and to have a good performance in the Grand Slam. Remembers that I defend Wimbledon's Final and believe that to achieve the victory there would be something really beautiful for my career.

Do you believe that you can take the Nº1 from Roger Federer? Or do you see number 1 after his retirement?... Behind they come " putting noise " Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Korolev ... the same Berdych haha.
R: If I believed that I couldn't be it I would not be playing. We all play to be the best and this it is our aim in the long term. Clearly Federer is the dominator of the Circuit in these moments, but the truth of the things is that I feel that his hegemony is not going to last beyond 2 ó 3 years. I feel that he is the best player of the history, and feel also that passed approximately 3 seasons, I can turn into the guy that overthrew the best of the history, and why not, to pass I to occupy that seat. We all fight to be outlined in our professions.

What do you believe that it is necessary to have to win Federer?
R: I am going to simplify you what you have to transcribe then... PATIENCE ... nothing more than that. Roger is bothered much that they return to him and that they attack permanently for the right. You saw what Cañas did the other day, he was returning to him 2 more balls of which the rest returns to him and he trampled on him. Patience more intelligence and a pinch of luck, it is the ideal complement to defeat him. Though we do not deny that when the guy gets up with the flushed lights, it is monstrous.

With a couple of "TOP players" you have the negative score. Hewitt, Berdych, Blake, with Fernando ... which of them would you like to revert in the medium term?
R: To Berdych I would like to win him promptly to take off the anger of the Madrid's match about all the things. And well, to defeat James Blake also is important, because I have never achieved it and because he has defeated me in decisive instances. They take my dream away.

How you get along with Berdych outside the tracks? Especially after the encounter in Madrid. The truth ok, nothing of being politically correct, because if you don't I'll tell the truth haha.
R: Haha, it does not make me a problem to say the truth. I do not get along well with him, I believe that the Madrid thing has been unnecessary, his challenging attitude has altered the people and well his reaction was intemperate. I have said things angry that did not correspond but he has continued with the topic much later. We don't like to each other since much before and really I am not interested in appearing as his friend, because we are not and because he devotes himself to speak badly of other persons, it is his common pattern.

With Gaudio you had a problem also, in Montecarlo if I am not wrong about a couple of seasons, even it is said that you managed to say to him "Sudaca of Shit"...
R: I do not remember what I said to him but yes that I had an encounter with him. Clearly I regret treating him badly. I do not remember if I used that phrase but if I remember that I was pretty hard with him. Gastón one of the guys that takes you out of the tranquillity. He is a good person outside the court, but inside he transforms himself.

What Spaniard tennis players do you believe that it will be the refill of the tennis of your country?
R: There is a couple of boys that there come below that can do noise in the Circuit, as Andujar or Boje but I believe that the Spanish tennis has to have patience that already will come a great champion: Carlos Boluda.

Which do you believe that it is the best way in order that the juvenile one prepares himself to be a top player of the ATP?... Entering early to the ATP circuit like you made it, or play up to 18 years in the juvenile circuit ITF for then to get in already with certain experience?
R: I am nobody to give advices or anything similar, but I believe that everything depends on the person, believe that these things have to see case to case and to be taking advantage of the opportunities that are given. Now, it is fundamental that a boy who is playing Juniors could bring together his game with Futures or invitations to Challengers. The force of the hits changes very much in all the categories and it is indispensable to try before time, it allows you to come more strengthened to the high competition. I think that the ideal thing is to tint both things. Now, I was lucky and the conviction to take advantage of my opportunities and probably yes, to skip the natural stages of the tennis. Though this is relative, because in my country there is a lot of Futures and Challengers, on the other hand in other places the step is more difficult to the major leagues.

Which is your major virtue and your major failing Rafa?
R: My major virtue is the work I believe. To arrive to the top it is necessary to work hard and I think that if there is something in which I am outlined it is in working and to struggle day after day to improve. My major failing ... mm, it is more difficult haha... probably about being a bit grumpy and often unconcernedly with my friends, I leave them often and it has given me a couple of sadnesses, so I am improving day after day that haha.

Changing topic ... do you think that Spain is in debt with regard to the Davis Cup issue? Beyond injuries and drawings, the concrete fact is that in the last versions they have ended playing the playoff or advancing to quarters of final in bitter way.
R: I don't know if it is that we are in debt, but we have achieved important things for Davis Cup. I could take part 2004 in the process that took us to the championship in Seville. Humbly, I had the opportunity to give the victory to my country in 1º Round before the Czech Republic there, defeating Stepanek of a brilliant way, though good, equal I lost my another single before Jiri and the doubles, but I went to prop haha. In Semis also I played a point and that was that of the victory before Clement, besides the doubles with Tommy in a marathonic point, in that I ended pretty touched. And not even to say of the Final in Seville, I defeated Andy in 4 Sets in one of the matches that I remember the most. I remember since I got up to the last point that I played. That match marked my career. These years we have had problems of conformation of the team, injuries for my side, desertions for other one, changes in the direction of the team, etc, then it becomes more complicated. Now we win the Swisses and I think that we have chance of repeating the title of 2004, and not to happen for the frights of the playoff like the one that we live with Italy..

What do you think of the Round Robin system and of James Blake's mishap in the ATP of Las Vegas?
R: De Villiers approached me last season to consult me about what I was thinking about the system. It seemed to me quite novel and believed that it would be of great reception of the people and of the organizers of tournaments for the fact that it was played like in the Masters. But I think that the invention that was done, that the groups were of 3 players and not 4 as in the Masters, that they passed the embarrassment as the one of Las Vegas with the Russian boy, seems to me that they are unpresentable. Up to the moment it happens reproving, in spite of the fact that I was considering myself to be a guy that was in favour of the implementation. Already I am not for anything sure.

Whom of the current players of the circuit do you see with major projection in the short and medium term?
R: Andy Murray is a very complete player who will give much to speak. The Russian one that we were speaking (Korolev) has good blows and can make noise. Gasquet and I do not remain behind jaja, we are friends and share many things together in the tours when children and I believe that we have still major projection haha. And from South America I like a lot Juan Martin Del Potro and Juan Mónaco, two big hitters and that sure will take the name of Argentina and South America very far.

Do you know some Chilean junior?
R: Not really, but well, for you and for the times that I've read your Forum I have known more than anything names. This boy of Polish surname (Podlipnik) and a couple more that I do not remember but that I have listened at some time. And well, Nicolas, this boy who says that he is called Nadal and that they say that he hits it very well in spite of his short years. Happy of that my continuity is a boy with talent haha.

One question more of the day after day ... why such particular trousers?. Uncomfortable?
R: When I saw the question that Jose had done to me (Josemalito refers) has seemed to me to be pretty graceful, because almost everybody ask me that. You know that I like to be in style, to impose styles and to mark trends ja and clearly the pirate’s pants do it, the slippers also and other things more proper enough haha. They produce inconvenience in certain part of the body (he refers to the "Famous Ass" to the one that did allusion in Australia), but it is a part of the commercial and fashionable sense that I like to wear.

I know that you are sensitive enough to almost everything haha... do the recurrent rumours or mistrusts with regard to your physical condition affect you?
R: These stupidities not. So many things have been said of me, that really already nothing embitters me. That I inject myself things, that I take others things, a sensationalist newspaper spoke about my supposed homosexuality, an Argentine one wrote that I gave positive a couple of months ago, etc. If you do not arm yourself a cuirass in this world, you are demolished. They helped me to create it with the same ill-disposed rumours. That they say what they want, the truth is just one, and I am interested in knowing it and those who surround me and I am interested that they know it. If I am sluggish, ugly, homosexual or addicted to the girls, it is something that nobody cares about. I play tennis and nothing any more interest.

Your best friends?
R: In the tennis, my best friend of all is Feli (Feliciano Lopez), is with the guy that I share more and with whom every year we hire a house in London for the weeks of Queens and Wimbledon. I love very much Carlos (Moyá) and Tommy Robredo. And to them to add a couple more that they fill my life of pretty things, between them you and your family.

Do you come to Viña del Mar next year?
R: I go to South America in February, but the truth is difficult for me to go to Viña del Mar , in the date after Australia and before the Davis. I would like to go, it is a hanging debt with you and with the nice people over there and I hope to fulfill it. But for it I hope that they change the date, which lamentably is terrible for my calendar. But I will be in Buenos Aires and in Acapulco if everything goes out since is planned.

Well Rafa, thank you very much for the time, for the double interview that in any case is for your fault haha and well, I wish that you'll be here to play some day in the national ATP and we wait for you for the summer vacations of this side of the world.
R: I wait to be there after the Masters approximately 15 days. The second time is the one haha. Regards to all and thank you very much for their questions and I hope that my answers satisfy them. I wait to be able to continue reading them and congratulations on the initiative.

Like I said before, I doubt that this interview is real. I read enough of Rafa's interviews (not press conferences) and his style can't be confused. And he never spoke that openly about anything. And till now, in all his interviews, he said that his best friend on tour is Moya and not Feli.

nevermind
03-18-2007, 11:01 AM
I think you're right Yana ,
from the 1st question already
" Rafi , how embarrasing "
I never ever think Rafa would say something like that
because he knows his fans use this name & Rafia will never talk bad about his fans :)
Talking about all the other players , indeed Rafa would never pick on 1 player & talk bad about him , they just don't do that ...
The style is nothing for Rafa & Carlos is his friend indeed
Ow and Rafa plays PS2 not Gamecube sorry
( till next edit :-) )
I also think it's not real ..

I'm still have to read the rest ;)

nevermind
03-18-2007, 11:50 AM
Me, as a Roddick fan, am scared. Rafa is playing very strong at the moment. :scared:

Hello Verdasco , I'm sorry for Andy
I am overhappy for our Hero !
I think Andy didn't play his best tennis like he did against Lubby ?
That was also a great match , he missed a lot of serves yesterday &
Mymymy RAFA played amazing super tennis , I don't find exact words
Did someone see the drop shot he did on his toes ,
well he did a few of them yes ;) & those amazing Rafa forehands
only Rafa can produce them :cool:
:worship:

linus
03-18-2007, 01:45 PM
Rafa... first of all we thank you for the availability of being able to answer a couple of questions.
R: It's no a problem at all, you made time to leave the questions and I to respond them now, this is compensatory haha.
......

From DPA via playfuls.com:
thank you both honeys :smooch:

so glad to read them when I hurried here just for Vamos to Rafa :D

linus
03-18-2007, 01:47 PM
Rafa, brave up :yeah:

I know Nole needs this win eagerly too and he is full of confidence as well but I do want you to show yourself with the best :cool:

such a complicated kind of feeling ;)

Xristos
03-18-2007, 01:58 PM
Vamoooooooooooooooooooooooos!

MaryWalsh
03-18-2007, 04:02 PM
Play your game Rafa. We love you. Vamos!

Patxy
03-18-2007, 09:01 PM
:woohoo: YES!!! RAFA MADE IT!!!! :banana: :bigclap: :banana: :bigclap: :banana: :bigclap: :woohoo:
He's back!
:clap2: Thanks for the title, Champion!!! :D :yeah:

mallorn
03-18-2007, 09:06 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

So great. Without dropping a set, too. :eek: :yippee:

MariaV
03-18-2007, 09:07 PM
Lovely! Bien hecho Rafael! :yeah: :D :banana: :yippee: :dance: :bigclap: :bounce: :woohoo:

nevermind
03-18-2007, 09:29 PM
RAFA , THE ONE & ONLY CHAMPION :worship:
WOOOohoooooooo
You make us happy !
I am soooo proud of you , I'm over happyyyyyyy!

MaryWalsh
03-18-2007, 09:33 PM
yessss. a whole tournament without dropping a set! Way to go Rafa!!!!!!!!

RogiFan88
03-18-2007, 09:39 PM
Congrats to Rafa for winning IW so easily! He's back in full Rafa-mode. His timing is perfect. ;)

Naide
03-18-2007, 09:43 PM
OUR CHICO WON :banana:

am so glaaaaaaad

Sean.J.S.
03-18-2007, 10:25 PM
Well done Rafa. :)

Alexandy
03-18-2007, 10:48 PM
I had stayed away from here this tournament because I was so nervous for Rafa. But now I can come back and say how extremely happy I am!!! I wanted Rafa to win so badly because he needed this for his confidence. I am so proud of our little Rafa!!!!!! :) Mostly I am proud of how he played, whether he won or lost. Agressive and close to the baseline. When he plays like that no one can beat him.

I wish Fed hadn't lost so Rafa could have played him. :lol:

PoderShileno
03-18-2007, 11:42 PM
rafa''''

:bounce:

:D

NicoFan
03-19-2007, 12:12 AM
Yeay for Rafa. :bounce:

Here I was panicking for nothing the last few weeks. :eek: :lol:

RAFA IS BACK! :fiery:

atheneglaukopis
03-19-2007, 12:16 AM
Well done! And his English keeps improving so much! :eek: :worship:

Alonsofz
03-19-2007, 01:41 AM
VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!! :D

Mimi
03-19-2007, 02:52 AM
:woohoo: :dance: :yippee: :nerner: :baby: :music: :banana: :aparty: :rolls:

tennisdreams
03-19-2007, 03:13 AM
I am SOOOO unbelievably happy for Rafa!!!! He deserved it! :worship:

Btw, did anyone else see the writing on his left palm? He must have put some reminders down or something. Hopefully, I wasn't just seeing things...

Eclectic Goddess
03-19-2007, 05:17 AM
Btw, did anyone else see the writing on his left palm? He must have put some reminders down or something. Hopefully, I wasn't just seeing things...

No, you weren't seeing things, because we noticed it too. We even caught him glancing at it a couple times before the match started. (It seemed to rub off pretty quickly.)

Anyone know what it said?

Clara Bow
03-19-2007, 05:45 AM
No, you weren't seeing things, because we noticed it too. We even caught him glancing at it a couple times before the match started. (It seemed to rub off pretty quickly.)

Anyone know what it said?

He said in the Mallorcan press that they were kind of crib notes- little things to remind him of what to do because he has a self confessed bad memory. Kind of like Serena and her note cards.

I am so happy for Rafa for his performance this week. He did not start out well- but ended up playing better than I have seen him play in a long while. :)

nevermind
03-19-2007, 07:52 AM
Here's a ( bad ) pic from his scribbles ...
but you can see them
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m38/nevermind06/Hand.jpg

:wavey:

linus
03-19-2007, 08:28 AM
:woohoo:

Rafa :yeah:

so so happy, he has got his hard-court titles all for AMS so far :rocker:

mallorn
03-19-2007, 05:20 PM
The mystery of the crib notes... :lol: Yeah, no one knows what they said ... yet.

From Peter Bodo:
Trophy Biter
Posted 03/18/2007 @ 8 :54 PM

Rafael Nadal took Novak Djokovic to school on the stadium court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden today in the Pacific Life Open final, but this Djoker kid is a quick study. By end of the match, the student was making as many pronouncements as the teacher. Most of you saw what happened: Djokovic was slightly overwhelmed at the start, unable to move his feet and dial in his strokes, while Nadal firing rockets left and right, bringing to bear all the experience he gained in the course of collecting six previous Masters Series titles.

By the time Djokovic realized that he was supposed to be playing in a match instead of watching it, he’d surrendered a set, even though he’d saved a bit of wear and tear on his shoes. Djokovic made a match of it in the second set, and at two stages (2-1, with Nadal serving, Djokovic had three break points) it looked like he might be able to extend the match. But Nadal held firm and the next thing you know he was biting the Pac Life trophy.

Among other things, this match was a great advertisement for five-set tennis. If you recall the last French Open final and how Roger Federer laid a similar first-set hurting on an ill-prepared and out-of-sync Nadal, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I disagree with the ATP and the revisionist movement launched by last year’s Roman debacle (after playing a magnificent five-set final in Italy, Nadal and Federer both pulled out of Hamburg). The problem isn't five-set finals, it's back-to-back tournaments of Masters grade. Incidentally, the Sony Ericsson Open is sticking to its guns and going best-of-five in it’s own final, two weeks out. Can I get a little back-up on this?

Today’s match confirmed something that I wrote in the Comments section of the previous post: Nadal matches up favorably with Djokovic. A counter-puncher with the strength, stamina and precise passing shots of Jet Boy can give a shotmaker and risk-taker like Djokovic fits. It’s frustrating to see balls that ordinarily land for clean winners or tease out feeble retrieves come whistling back bearing a small sign that reads, Not so fast, buddy! Djokovic has better chances against Roger Federer because it’s like playing a game of chicken, which shotmakers like. While most players go white at the prospect of playing chicken with The Mighty Fed (these guys didn’t all just fall off the turnip truck), Djokovic is one of the few guys who wouldn’t be certifiably insane to try it. Just a little demented.

But seriously – aggressive placement vs. aggressive placement equals a whole lot of open court; it’s just a petal-to-the-metal race to see who gets there first without flying over the wrong side of the white line. It’s trickier against Nadal: He gives you a look, you take a big honking cut, and something awful happens on your way to the fist pump. :lol:

Still, I’m not going to pooh-pooh Jet Boy as just some other counter-puncher. He took the game to Djokovic with stunning ferocity in the first set, clocking big forehands in the best Fernando Gonzalez I’m crazy and don’t care about nothin’! tradition. What really impressed me, though, was the way Nadal moves on hard courts. I confess that it was the first time I really took note of that: Nadal is a lot more Jim Courier than Felix Mantilla. That is, he doesn’t seem to have any instinct to slide. Perhaps he’s seen a few too many slo-mo replays of Kim Clijsters on hard courts, and figures he’s got enough to worry about at the back end, what with those wedgies, to do the hard court split.

I asked Jet Boy in the presser if his wonderful footwork on hard courts is something he works on, or if it just comes naturally, more or less by instinct, when the footing changes. He had to turn to ATP handler Nicola Arzani for a translation, but then he said:

Well, one of my best things is the movements, no? Normally I'm -- I am fast on court and I have good movements. So, well, that's important. But the most important thing is understand the court and move like the court. So in the clay, you only move a little bit, (Spanish), a little bit behind the line, analyzing a little bit more. But here you need be on the line. You can't go out of court, and I'm trying always that. Well, maybe that's for that reason this week I play very, very good.

Well, it wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for; it may have been ever better. Has anybody else commented on the way Nadal played up close to the baseline, looking to take balls on the rise? In fact, there’s a new Nadal afoot on hard courts, and this could cause muchas problemas for his rivals. As he said later in the presser, on the subject of room for improvement:

Well, for improve, my game, I need play a little more aggressive with my forehand, especially serve a little bit better, go to the volley sometimes, improve little bit the slice, improve a little bit the backhand. But I need improve because I'm very young, but I -- well, I wasn't changed too much things, you know. Just try to play a little bit more harder with the forehand, more aggressive, the mentality more aggressive, and try to play a little bit more aggressive with the serve, too, no?

I don’t know, but it sure sounds a lot more Courier than Mantilla to me. Wonder how he’d look a redhead? :bolt:

The wonderful thing about Nadal is that he’s a warrior on the court, but in the press room he’s like a schoolboy who reduces the most complex (and sometimes downright silly) questions and issues to equations so logical that only a child would be innocent enough to calculate and articulate them in that way. When Matt Cronin asked him if he had ever served better, he said, “Well, Wimbledon was -- I was losing, one time the serve in the first round, one time in second round, and after that, I never lose a set before final. But after in the final, I lose three times consecutive.”

It doesn’t matter that you’re left wondering if he’s talking serves or sets or hard courts or grass – it’s all apples and oranges to him and who cares? Not him. He’s busy squeezing all those fruits into his own Sponge Bob juicebox!

By contrast, Djokovic is downright grave. If TMF is ambassadorial, Djokovic is ministerial. This kid digs delivering statements off the court as much as on, even though at 19, he’s a young punk compared even to Nadal (he’s a young 20). You can tell that it’s important to Djokovic to appear professional, like all the grown-ups. Like he has to live up to his talent in other ways, and that’s a very good sign.

When I asked him if he was nervous in the first set, he replied:

Yes, I was. As you all know, it's my first Master Series final, first final of the really bigger tournament, you know, Master Series tournament. And, you know, after a couple of games, the stadium was more or less packed. It was a lot of people, like 15,000 people. It was great atmosphere. And he started playing really well. I didn't -- I made a lot of mistakes, unforced errors. He played incredible forehand and he was in the control of the match in the first set.

That’s the emerging man in the chrysalis of this 19-year old with the coat-hanger shoulders and jet-black Chia pet hair. He cuts a nice, square figure and, more importantly, presents a nice contrast to the irrepressible Jet Boy and even the cosmopolitan Federer. I asked him if, given the way he matches up with Nadal, he needs to attack the net more often.

Well, yes, yes. Still I can play. I think I can play with him even from the baseline, you know. I have powerful shots. I just need more to improve, to play better to backhand, and I think I can. You know, you saw the second set, it was pretty much equal. But still there are some points, like, for example on the breakpoint, I shouldn't go to the net, I should use my opportunities. Of course, it's mental, mental preparation, as well.

I think he meant to say that while he should go to the net more often, he picked a dumb time to do it at one of the key moments of the match. But it doesn’t really matter. This match wasn’t about two or three points determining the result, it was about experience, preparedness, and the persuasive hard court game of Rafael Nadal.

Lastly, the best moment of the Djokovic presser occurred when Jerry Magee of the San Diego Union-Tribune raised the issue of the busted ball. If you saw the match, you might remember that Djokovic halted play at one point to have a dead ball removed from circulation. Now, keeping in mind that Magee has a gruff, booming voice, and is easily mistaken for a Grumpy Old Man, you have to picture him articulating the question, his stentorian voice slowly, deliberately rising to a thunderous crescendo:

"In the fourth game of the second set, you pitched a broken ball out of play. Had you lost that point, you would have been behind 40-Love. You later won the point and it was from that point it seemed that you really started to battle it, it really became a fight from that point after you pitched the broken ball out of play. What was wrong with that ball?

Djokovic looked Jerry right in the eye and said: I don't know what to answer on that question. I just. . . it was. . . broken ball, you know?

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mallorn
03-19-2007, 05:26 PM
Rafa's presser:

R. NADAL/N. Djokovic

6-2, 7-5

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Rafa, please.

Q. It must be very satisfying Rafael to come through a tournament like this on a hard court after the struggles you've been through in the past few months?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, I was very satisfied with my game, for sure with the title. Well, yeah, was very great week for me, very, very important week. And it was very important. I have eight months without any title, but I come back with big one.

Q. After dominating in the first set, were you surprised how he came out in the second set and started fighting back?
RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, for sure not. I know I play very difficult final against one of the best players of the world, and he's coming playing very well. So I was expecting a very tough match. Now the normal thing is the match will be close and I think pushing hard for try to victory.
So the second set was great, too. I play a little bit more defensive, but Djokovic play more aggressive. He was serving better especially with his serve, was serving very well, and very good attack with the forehand. Well, I can -- yeah, (in Spanish).
I cannot stay in the match the second set all time and was very important saving the break points, the 2-1 maybe, I don't remember, but 2-1. And after that, I come back well. I just tried to play my tennis. I know in the second set was a little bit hardest to play my aggressive tennis, but I'm very happy, no?

Q. Were you surprised things were that easy in the first set?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Were you surprised that things were that easy in the first set?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, yeah, surprise, I don't know. I just go on court and try to play my best tennis, and, well, maybe Novak started the match with a little bit nervous, some mistakes.
But I was playing very, very good, no, without mistakes, not one mistake, play a lot -- very good with the forehand, very aggressive all the time changing the directions of the forehand. So I start very good, the match. The first set was unbelievable.

Q. A lot of clay court players, you know, you can see they're clay court players because they're run to the point almost try to slide, things like that. But you don't seem to have any trouble with the footwork, on the hard court, difference from clay. Is that something you actually work on and think about or does it just come naturally to adapt to the court?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, one of my best things is the movements, no? Normally I'm -- I am fast on court and I have good movements. So, well, that's important. But the most important thing is understand the court and move like the court. So in the clay, you only move a little bit, (Spanish), a little bit behind the line, analyzing a little bit more.
But here you need be on the line. You can't go out of court, and I'm trying always that. Well, maybe that's for that reason this week I play very, very good.

Q. I know it's not so easy to explain, but if you had to try to explain eight months without a final and now the victory. Why would you say that happened?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first thing, for me it was not very hot. It was -- well, when you are not winning, you're thinking, yeah, I need win one title. But always the press ask me, "What's happening right now? You are not winning any title." But the thing is I am in -- well, true I always say the same, but that's true, no? I was playing bad in Toronto and Cincinnati, very bad. But after I play U.S. Open, quarterfinals in the U.S. Open. I always play in (indiscernible), quarterfinals in U.S. Open, quarterfinals in Madrid, semifinals in Shanghai. Well, but tournament in Shanghai, yes, was bad tournament. I was playing very bad tennis. But I was in semifinals, too, and Australia, quarters finals, too. But I wasn't win, that's true. But I always -- at quarterfinals, semifinals, I always there.
Sometimes you're a little bit luckier, a little bit more confidence, but, well, I wasn't half a disaster these eight months, you know.

Q. But now you said you are playing your best tennis in a long time. Do you agree?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, for sure, I agree. I don't know. When I go to every tournament, I just try to work hard and to -- when you are finding (Spanish), when you are looking your tennis every week, every day, well, any day come back, and that's happened before Dubai.
So the week before Dubai was practicing in Mallorca. I was feeling great, very good. Come back to Dubai, play very good tournament in Dubai, playing Baghdatis, and after, losing against Youzhny. I lose, but I play good match. I was needing a little bit more confidence for win this match.
But I arrive here with good confidence because I was playing very good tennis in Dubai. And when I started tournament here, I said before tournament, I am feeling great, one of my best moments.

Q. Rafa, is it hard to win titles when you're in the process of developing your game, too?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, yeah, the people speak a lot about the changes of my game. But the truth is just I'm Rafael Nadal, is the same. I can change and I always serve and volley. Right now, my game is my game. But, for sure, I am very young and I need to improve my game.
Well, for improve, my game, I need play a little more aggressive with my forehand, especially serve a little bit better, go to the volley sometimes, improve little bit the slice, improve a little bit the backhand. But I need improve because I'm very young, but I -- well, I wasn't changed too much things, you know. Just try to play a little bit more harder with the forehand, more aggressive, the mentality more aggressive, and try to play a little bit more aggressive with the serve, too, no?

Q. Have you had a better tournament serving in the last year than this one?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, Wimbledon was -- I was losing, one time the serve in the first round, one time in second round, and after that, I never lose a set before final. But after in the finally, I lose three times consecutive (laughing).

Q. You never seem to lose your mental, whenever you make a good point, you see this (indicating), but when you lose a point you always just turn around, grab a ball, come back. You never seem to lose it like a lot of the other players do. Has there been a time in your career where you did lose it and you'd real back and you now control yourself or were you always under good mental control?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, if you watch me play, a lot of times you never gonna -- you're never gonna see the racket down, no (Spanish).
THE MODERATOR: I never throw the racket.
RAFAEL NADAL: I never throw any racket, no? And I can say to you, I was playing bad times, too. Bad matches. Well, it doesn't work, that. Just the better thing is try to continue with good concentration all time and have the control of yourself. That's very important.

Q. If there was one thing you could improve in your game what would that be?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I said -- I say it every day, just I need improve a lot of things. Well, I just have 20 years old and I need to improve every day. That's important and that's true. I can improve the serve a lot, serve faster; I can improve the movements in the volley, the volley, too, the slice. I was slicing better this week, well, some good slices. And that is working very well now in the tennis today, no? It's important have good slice. Well, the backhand, too. But everything you can improve, no?

Q. Even when you were younger, you never threw the racquet around?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, never. If I throw down racket when I was young with my uncle, he sent me out of court. That's never happened, but if that's happen, that's gonna happen.

Q. Do you believe now that you've gained more confidence here winning, that the rest of this year you can be a good competitor against Roger and perhaps win another major beyond the French? Have you built up that much confidence?
RAFAEL NADAL: Right now I am No. 2 and Roger is No. 1 and far away of the others. That's the thing, no? I just have 22 (smiling).
Right now it's not my competition, Roger, because Roger is best in history, so why -- for sure, my goal is continuing winning tournaments and continue being in the top positions of the ranking. But, no, right now, maybe go to No. 1 is very, very difficult, and I am not thinking about that, no? For sure, I can. I think, if I play like this, I can win another major, no.

Q. Is that the heaviest trophy you've ever lifted?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. Barcelona, I saw the trophy in Barcelona, yeah, the big one. Yeah, that was unbelievable.

Q. That's a big whale, isn't it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's tough.

Q. You didn't bite it, did you?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. You didn't bite it. You normally bite -- you didn't bite?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I did.

Q. You did?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Q. I missed that.
RAFAEL NADAL: You missed, you missed. Always.

Q. How will you celebrate the title and where does that trophy go?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I gonna celebrate after Miami. I have important tournament in Miami right now, coming with good confidence after this win, and just try to continuing playing good in Miami.
So after Miami, when I (lose) in Miami, I can -- I gonna days for celebrate this title. Well, in the same place like others, no? I have a room, my room, my bedroom, and after I have a room upstairs in my house. I have one little bit gym for practice sometimes, and I have (Spanish), sofa, television, and I have --

Q. Shelves?
RAFAEL NADAL: Shelves for the trophies. I have all Master Series there.

Q. You said a week before Dubai, you went back home to Mallorca and started feeling really good.
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. A week before Dubai you went home to Mallorca and you said you started playing really well. What happened there? Why?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I just work hard every week. That's true, because if you are working hard always, well, any day come back and play well. Tennis come back because it's impossible be one year without playing well, no?

Q. How do you start a game with (indiscernible)?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have a nice smash, smash today I smashed to the net with the sun, yeah. But with the serve, not.

Q. Not an issue?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's fine.

Q. I believe that you said that Roger is not your competition. If he's not your competition, who is your prime competition now?
RAFAEL NADAL: My competition is continuing -- why -- my goal, I say my goal before the tournament and before the tournament, no, before the season, my goal has been the Master's Cup. That's the first goal. Well, last year, last two years, I was in the Master's Cup after Rome. Well, if this year happen the same, I gonna change the goal. But right now, that's my goal.

Q. When you were practicing before Dubai, was that on clay, Mallorca?
RAFAEL NADAL: No.

Q. Hard?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

Q. You have all kinds of courts, they're hard, clay?
RAFAEL NADAL: Grass.

Q. Grass also?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, just clay and hard and indoor grass, artificial. Artificial grass. I was practicing there two years ago before Wimbledon, but that's not working very well.

Q. Rafa, when you go to that room in your house and you see all the trophies, do you sometimes think maybe my goals should be higher, maybe I should say I want to win five more grand slams, ten grand slams, become No. 1 very soon. You have seven Master Series crowns and two Roland Garros at 19. That's very, very good -- 20, excuse me.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I was good record, no? Have seven Master Series is very good and two grand slams is very good, too, no? But, well, yes, I just thinking about continuing to improve my game. I know if I continuing improve my game, continuing to be in the top positions, I gonna have the chances for a win more title and important titles. So that's my goal. And, for sure, my goal is continuing to have titles and, well, like this, like this one, or try to win another Grand Slam.

Q. Were you nervous to speak to the crowd today after not speaking to the crowd for eight months, nine months?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was not nervous, but, well, sometimes if I, when you win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, you have the speech. You remember the speech, just change little bit thing (laughing). But right now it's --

Q. That's funny. So would you say it's a relief for you to win today, a relief?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Spanish). No, no, because I feel like this when I was feeling good on court, not after title, but when I was playing good, I am, no problem.

Q. Rafa, I know you have Miami next week, but Davis Cup is coming soon in the United States, and this win for you here on hard courts and American soil will make a big difference. So can you just talk about that and then maybe say who you think the other Spanish players will be on your team?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know yet. I know nothing of the team. I don't know if I am in the team. I know nothing. Well, always what's gonna happen in Miami, but right now, I just thinking of Miami, no? After that I am will be thinking Davis Cup.

Q. You're the third Spaniard to win this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Second or third?

Q. Third. The others were Jose Higueras and Alex Corretja.
RAFAEL NADAL: Higueras, yeah.

Q. Do you have a kind of relationship with either one of those gentlemen?
RAFAEL NADAL: If I have good relationship with?

Q. Do you have one at all with either one of them, do you know very well?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, they have good relation with him, Alex. I was playing two times against him when he was when he was playing. I lose (smiling).
And with Higueras I never play. But, yeah, I have good relation with him, no?
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

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mallorn
03-19-2007, 05:31 PM
From The New York Sun:

At Indian Wells, Nadal Looks Like True No. 2


By Tom Perrotta, The New York Sun
March 19, 2007

In the last eight months, Rafael Nadal didn't come close to relinquishing the no. 2 ranking in tennis. The quality of his play, however, was no better than what one would expect from a man ranked no. 20. From last year's Wimbledon final through the end of last month, he lost 11 matches, eight to players ranked outside the top 10, and didn't win a title. He beat two top 10 players, both in the same tournament, at the year-end Masters Cup. Their names? Tommy Robredo and Nikolay Davydenko.

At last, the slump is over. Nadal started slowly at the first Masters event of the season last week, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. But he finished stronger than he had since last summer, winning every set he played and smothering one of his talented young peers, the 19-year-old Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 7-5 in yesterday's final. With the clay court season a month away, Nadal looks primed for another stellar spring (he's won 62 consecutive matches on clay).

Djokovic received a lot of attention this week, and deservedly so. When Roger Federer lost in the second round, ending a 41-match winning streak, Djokovic, who would have played Federer in the quarterfinals, took advantage and showed why he may one day be the world's best player. The Serbian's strokes are compact and clean, at times reminiscent of Andre Agassi's, yet explosive and "safe" (lots of topspin on the forehand); he serves with uncommon smoothness (not as smoothly as Federer, but even a slight comparison is a compliment); he moves exceptionally well (he hails from a family of skiers and soccer players); and he never lacks for intensity.

Djokovic does not volley well, but the fact that he has hired former doubles champion Mark Woodforde to improve his net game speaks volumes about his ambition. He hit a few decent volleys yesterday, though one soft backhand stab gave Nadal an easy passing shot for the only break of serve in the second set. Djokovic could easily develop a reliable volley: his understanding of court positioning is excellent, and he belts his approach shots. In terms of mental fitness, he is far ahead of other men his age, and his youthful tendency toward silly boasts and gamesmanship (including a few questionable injuries) seems to have dissipated. His performance last week puts him in the top 10 for the first time (he's at no. 10), and he should prove a serious threat as the season progresses. Expect to see him in the Masters Cup this year, perhaps at the expense of James Blake if the American continues to struggle (he lost in the third round last week).

Pretty impressive for a 19-year-old, until we remember that Nadal, now a winner of 18 titles, including two French Opens and seven in Masters events, is not quite a year older (Djokovic turns 20 on May 22; Nadal turns 21 on June 3). The Spaniard holds the record for consecutive weeks at the no. 2 ranking, has never lost a match at the French Open, and has a winning record against Roger Federer. He's a phenom in the way Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg were, and last week's performance suggests he is improving.

Prior to this tournament, Nadal had struggled with his confidence. But last week there were fewer lapses into timid play that so often cause his topspin forehands to fall short, and give his opponents a choice of shots. His serve, recently inconsistent by his standards (65% on first serves this year) became steadier after a slight adjustment to his motion (Nadal served close to 90ffi in a semifinal thrashing of Andy Roddick, whose strokes looked feeble in rally after rally). Most important, his forehand had more life than it has had in months. It usually landed deep, bounced high, and left its unlucky opponents scrambling wide of the doubles alley. As Djokovic learned early, if one lets Nadal play forehand tennis, rather than forcing him to hit backhands, there is steep price to pay.

Nadal started the match with eight straight points and swiped 14 of the first 16. At 4-0, Djokovic began to settle down, and he had a few break chances in the second set. He missed his best one with an impatient drop shot after the longest rally of the match. It would have been a spectacular winner had it not floated wide; if he had decided to stretch the point for a few more seconds and played a higher percentage shot, we might have seen a third set yesterday. But that's the beauty of Nadal, whose improving offensive skills are mere adornments to a masterful defense that causes opponents to crumble. It's nice to see him hoist a trophy again.

***

FACTS AND FICTIONS

Jimmy Connors has earned praise for his coaching of Andy Roddick, and it's clear that the American's backhand, especially down the line, has improved under Connors's tutelage. But you might be surprised to learn that Connors has had no success, at least this season, in teaching Roddick how to return serve. The American remains one of the worst returners on tour: through 15 matches prior to last week's tournament in Indian Wells, Roddick had won 20% of his return games, 3% less than young American Sam Querrey (Federer has won 34%). He ranks third-to-last, among 86 players, in points won against his opponent's first serve (23%).

http://www.nysun.com/article/50733

nevermind
03-19-2007, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the article's Mallorn & special thanks for the transcript !
I love to read them :)

tangerine_dream
03-19-2007, 08:01 PM
Congrats to Rafa on his IW title :clap2: May there be many more to come this year. :D

Tangy :hug: :hug:
Aw, thanks. :hug: It's okay. I knew Andy would have a tough time against Rafa. My only disappointment is that it sucks when you're really looking forward to seeing a classic match between two great players that you like and you end up with a lopsided match (with Andy usually on the losing end :sad: ) I've said it before, I don't mind when Andy loses but when he loses *badly*, it's awful. Hopefully he will work out these problems and get his own big win sometime this year.

Rafa played terrifically, he deserved to win IW and I'm glad to see his confidence back. Hopefully this little slump of his will be finito. I'm most impressed with how good his serve has gotten, I really can't see how anybody can beat him when he plays like that, not even Roger.

RogiFan88
03-19-2007, 10:12 PM
Here's a ( bad ) pic from his scribbles ...
but you can see them
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m38/nevermind06/Hand.jpg

:wavey:

Rafa used his "chuletas" to help him w his serve, vs. Ferrero. Yes, they're like crib notes [or as we say here "cheat sheets"] ;)

mallorn
03-20-2007, 02:43 PM
Aw, thanks. :hug: It's okay. I knew Andy would have a tough time against Rafa. My only disappointment is that it sucks when you're really looking forward to seeing a classic match between two great players that you like and you end up with a lopsided match (with Andy usually on the losing end :sad: ) I've said it before, I don't mind when Andy loses but when he loses *badly*, it's awful. Hopefully he will work out these problems and get his own big win sometime this year.
I honestly didn't see this coming. I thought Andy would be pumped up like Blake & co. and that Rafa would have big problems reading his serve. But it was just one of those days for Andy, nothing seemed to work for him and Rafa took advantage. I still think Andy will be dangerous for Rafa in future.
Rafa played terrifically, he deserved to win IW and I'm glad to see his confidence back. Hopefully this little slump of his will be finito. I'm most impressed with how good his serve has gotten, I really can't see how anybody can beat him when he plays like that, not even Roger.
He did play very well and it must be good for his confidence - just about time, too. :lol: As for his serve, I'm still not convinced he can serve that well consistently - after all, he did in Wimbledon, and look what happened next. :rolleyes: If he can keep this up throughout the clay season and maybe longer, it would be a different story, he would then perhaps start believing that he does have a good serve after all, which would do wonders for his hard court game, I think. What I thought was interesting was how focused Rafa was in this tournament - particularly in the last two matches. I don't remember when I last saw him so concentrated ... Wimbly perhaps? :scratch: I don't know how he suddenly found this focus but I believe it made the difference.

Johnny Groove
03-20-2007, 08:15 PM
Bodo is a moron. Jet Boy is the stupidest nickname i have ever heard :o