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Old 11-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #61
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ATP World Tour Finals 2011: Rafael Nadal edges past Mardy Fish in late-night thriller at the O2
Just as batsmen never order duck the night before a cricket match, perhaps it is unlucky to prepare for a tennis match against a man named Fish by eating the stuff.

Slam: Rafa Nadal is too much for Mardy Fish to handle Photo: REUTERS
By Simon Briggs, at the O2 Arena11:58PM GMT 20 Nov 2011 5 Comments
Rafael Nadal might certainly think so, after his unpleasant experience at the O2 Arena on Sunday night. Nadal was taken ill at the start of the third set, as the salmon and pasta he had eaten for lunch disagreed with him.
But he still managed to battle his way through to victory over Mardy Fish, the world No 8, in an epic encounter that lasted a whisker under three hours.
In its later stages, this was a match between two men in serious discomfort. Fish had come into the tournament with a damaged hamstring, and as he left the press conference he was limping painfully.
But at the final chair-break of Sunday’s match it was actually Nadal who looked more exhausted, slumping into his seat and staring down between his feet like a man searching for strength.
It must have taken all his determination to summon up a series of clutch serves in the tie-break, which he sealed for a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 victory.



Well the press seems to dispute what I heard Rafa say??????
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Things would be a lot worse if Rafa had stayed a clay court king, though.
The whining about the gaps in his career if he'd only do well on clay would be deafening.

Losing that Wimbly final is unacceptable, I agree with that one.
I think the whining is pretty deafening now
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^ they're just dumb, though.
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I'm deaf to Rafa critics anyway
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I listened to the presser again. I heard Rafa confirming what the press said he ate, but Rafa didn't blame what he ate for causing the problem. I would love to have a print out of that presser, but I couldn't find one!
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I listened to the presser again. I heard Rafa confirming what the press said he ate, but Rafa didn't blame what he ate for causing the problem. I would love to have a print out of that presser, but I couldn't find one!
I looked for one too, and didn’t find it. ATP.
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I looked for one too, and didn’t find it. ATP.
I agree about the ATP. But usually you can still find the presser in some paper somewhere. However, I have been unsuccessful in finding it
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I agree about the ATP. But usually you can still find the presser in some paper somewhere. However, I have been unsuccessful in finding it
Here you go: http://www.asapsports.com/show_event...LD+TOUR+FINALS

Rafael Nadal

LONDON, ENGLAND

R. NADAL/M. Fish
6‑2, 3‑6, 7‑6


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you give us your thoughts on tonight's win.
RAFAEL NADAL: It was a very important victory for me, for the confidence, to start the tournament with positive feelings.
Was a good start for me. I think I played a very good first set after the break from the beginning. The second was hard. I had a big mistake with 1‑Love, 40‑15 for me in the beginning of the second. That was a lot of confidence for him. And after that, all the match was close.
The third set was a little bit more crazy, up and down. But I felt very bad from the stomach since the beginning of the third. I was seriously really lucky for the victory, and I for sure am very happy.

Q. Did he produce some of the best tennis he's played against you in the second and third sets with dropshots? Has he played as well against you before?
RAFAEL NADAL: He played aggressive for moments. He played good shots from the baseline, playing good serve and volleys. He played very well for moments. For another moments, with 3‑2, was a tough game for him. He didn't play his best game with the 3‑2. And the tiebreak, probably he had a lot of mistakes. So that's helping a lot, no?
But for the rest, I think he played well. I was happy to stay in the match because with the stomach and with the level what he's playing, so was a positive thing, no?

Q. You obviously have a fixed routine of stuff you eat out on court. Can you explain to yourself how it sort of suddenly started, this stomach stuff, in the beginning of the third set, and how do you feel now?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel not very well now, no? I really need to come back to hotel and rest a little bit because I played for one hour suffering a lot. Because when you don't feel well, you have to keep running, all the muscles are more tired than usual. The feeling of my body is not the best now.
But, you know, I was there. Positive thing, I was mentally there all the time until the end. So that's give me the victory of the first match, and that's give me a lot of confidence. For sure an important victory to try to be in the semifinals.

Q. Do you think you'd eaten something?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I just eat some pasta before the match. For the lunch, I eat some pasta with salmon at the hotel. So nothing strange and nothing unusual. That's the true, no?
But during the match, start to feel something half of the second set. But really getting worst and worst at beginning of the third. After going to the toilet with the 2‑Love, I went with 2‑Love because I asked to the umpire that I needed to go to the toilet. I say to him, I need to go to the toilet. Can I go at the next changeover?
He told me I had to go before my serve. So that's why I had to go with the 2‑Love.
I said, Going to be crazy if I go with the 2‑Love.
But he told me that's better, so that's what I did.

Q. Did you take any medicine?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I take a Fortasec during the match to try to retain a little bit the stomach a little bit better, but nothing special. I cannot take nothing.

Q. Are you now worried about your next match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am worried about getting better for the practice of tomorrow. I think two days are enough.

Q. You were watching Roger Federer earlier. How do you feel he played?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't so much, that's the true. I saw the beginning of the first match, the first set there. Roger was playing well. Jo in the beginning, he didn't play his best in my opinion, even if Roger was playing well. I missed the second and I arrived here with 5‑4, went on the court with 5‑4, so I didn't see much.

Q. What are your thoughts on facing him next match?
RAFAEL NADAL: It will be a challenge for me. He's playing fantastic, winning two tournaments in a row, and now today. It will be a very difficult match. I will try.

Q. Do you have any comment on the remarks that Yannick Noah made a day or two ago?
RAFAEL NADAL: What's can I say? That's going to be difficult to explain what I feel in English. This guy deserve not write anymore in the newspaper, you know. What he said is completely stupid and he knows better than nobody. Say that today is a totally stupid thing because you know how many anti‑doping controls we are having during all the season year by year. So, in my opinion, his article, what he writed, was from a kid. And when one kid say something, is not painful for us. So that's what I feel.
I don't know how to say in English, but especially I think that's worst for French, for France. Is worst for his country than for our country, in my opinion, because the image of the country when one guy, important guy like him, say that, is terrible.

Q. Before the tournament you said maybe it would be better if the finals was not in London because of tax.
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't say that. That's the beginning. I answer the first thing.

Q. Do you think the tax laws should be changed?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am nobody to say that. I am nobody to say that the tax rate must be changed. First thing, what I said have been taken out of context, for sure. Everything comes because I going to play at Halle next year, not Queen's. I am free to play where I want. I played in Queen's for the last four years. So Halle tried to watch me there another time after 2005. So I'm very happy to come back to Germany. I didn't play in Germany since 2008, so was three years outside of the country for playing. So for me is important to come back in Germany playing.
Queen's is fantastic tournament, historic tournament in a traditional tennis club, so that makes the tournament more special. But, you know, there is more tournaments on the tour even if Queen's is one of the best.

Q. So it's not a question of while the finals is in London you will not play Queen's?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am here and I am going to play in Wimbledon. So that's my answer, no? Is true that the tax situation here is tough for the sport, for the big events like this for sure. If I think about ourself, for sure the tax situation in the UK is too much for us.
But I am nobody to say that because every country do what they want for themselves.
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Any news about Rafa? How is his stomach? Is he training good? Somebody in the house watching him?
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well hopefully hes doing ok, he might not feel well in his match with fed, but hopefully he wont do too bad
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Thanks solowyn for finding a print out of the presser I have no idea how Rafa is feeling right now. I wish I did!
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Roger already has a break in the 1st Set
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6-3 6-0
I predicted it to be in straights, but who expected a bagel?

This is definitely the end of Rafa and it has been all year I'm afraid he's already won his last Grand Slam and I think he will fall out of the top 10 in the next year and a half(mostly because he has a lot of points), and I can see him retiring in 2 years.
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