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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 AM   #46
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R. NADAL/R. Harrison

7-6, 6-2

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How satisfied were you by the way you played and obviously the outcome?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I am satisfied to be in the next round. That's the most important thing. I am satisfied to be here playing at Indian Wells. Two weeks ago, two weeks before, I didn't really know if I would be here playing.
I am happy to be here. I am happy to be in the third round. Good victory for me today against a good opponent.
I felt that I had the match more or less, you know, you never have control of the matches, no? But with this 4 1 and few breakpoints, I feel that I was playing okay. Nothing, you know, special, but okay.
And after that I lost that game, and I played fantastic game in the 4 2 with one double fault, three forehands outside of the stadium. (Laughter.)
You know, after that the set became very tricky.

Q. How do you feel after the match? Do you feel good?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am fine, yeah. My physical performance needs to improve. My movements need to improve. Matches like this help me, for sure, no?
Today more than any result, any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day. That's what I need, play matches. I need to compete. I really, you know, want to compete, and I need.
So that's the only way to win matches without playing fantastic. That's the only way to play very well in a short period of time.

Q. Were you able to go out there and say, I'm going to run as much as I can? I don't care what my knees feel like, I'm just going to play? Or is it sometimes in your mind?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I try my best in every moment, no? After seven months I'm not gonna take crazy risks. But I am here. When I am playing a tournament, if you know myself, my mentality is try my best in every moment.
I really don't think about my knee, but is true that for me today after seven months out of competition is easier to start and play on clay more than grass. Is true that we have the clay court season not very far.

Q. Here in America it's hard court, hard court, hard court. Do you think there should be more clay court tournaments?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't want to say that, because anything that I will say not gonna affect in my career. That's not going to change during the years that I will be playing, no?
I think it's more medical things than players think. Hard courts are aggressive for the body.
If for the next generations wants to have longer careers and want to finish his careers with better conditions physically, that's my humble opinion. ATP have to find a solution and not continue playing more and more tournaments on this surface that is the harder one for the joints and for the knees, for the foot, for the ankles, for the back, for everything.

Q. You're the main one who talks about hard courts and wanting to have more tournaments not on hard courts. Not as many as the other top players discuss that. Do you think that a lot of players discuss your opinion, or do you think it's more your personal experience, more you than other people?
RAFAEL NADAL: Depends. If you will ask a player who plays fantastic on this court is a thing that sorry. At the end, we are here. At the end, it's an individual game. At the end, everybody thinks for himself.
And if somebody plays great on this surface, it's difficult to go against this surface, no? Is normal that if the volume of the tournaments on hard are more than in the rest of the surfaces, is normal than like the top players of the world, best players of the world, are specialists on hard courts.
So they not gonna go against the hard court. That's why I say is not another players' thing, it's a medical thing. Somebody have to think not for today. I repeat: I'm not talking about my career. My career is done.
We gonna finish my career playing on the same or more tournaments on hard, because that's the dynamic.
But, yes, no, my opinion is for the next generations that something have to change.

Q. You have recently launched the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy. Can you talk about that and what you hope tennis fans will take away from it?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think it's a great application, no? Somebody, normal people can compare his shots with professional tennis players. I think it's a great idea. I support it. I love that. I really think that it's a good thing, and I hope the people enjoy it.

Q. Is it kind of amazing how healthy Roger has stayed throughout his career, considering all the hard court tennis he's played?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. It's amazing? I don't think so. I think, you know, he's very good. Don't take my words because my English is not perfect, no? But I think he's very lucky to have this talent, no? The talent of Roger is amazing, and the things that he's able to do it, you know, the rest of the all the players, we are not able to play this way.
He win a lot of matches with, you know, short points; win a lot of matches with the serve, with one forehand.
So, you know, that's why he's able to keep having big, you know, big career and very long.
That's amazing thing that's have a lot of value. No, nothing to say about that. He's great, and for many reason he's the best of the history, no?

Q. At this stage of your comeback, is it more important to win matches even if you don't feel like you're playing well, you're not moving well, or is it more important even if you lose to feel like you're hitting the ball well, you're moving better? Which is more important?
RAFAEL NADAL: Seven months away, a lot. I will repeat the same answer than before: If you win, you have more chances. If you have more chances, you will compete more and you will practice more and you will be ready to put yourself in 100% conditions in a short period of time.
If you are losing very early it's tough because you can practice a lot, but at the end, it's not enough, the practice, no? Important thing is compete.
I'm very happy about what I did in Latin America clay court season. Was very important for me, and I really came here because it's one of my favorite tournaments. I really want to keep competing.
But for the first tournament on hard and with the conditions, I don't expect big result, but just be here, practice with the other players, compete like tonight I did, have another chance after tomorrow.
That's very positive for me. And seriously, I happy, and I don't expect a lot. I take everything like positive thing. For me, today, every victory playing great, playing bad, have a lot of value, no?
If I can play fantastic like I did in Acapulco, very happy because I was playing one of my, you know, top levels that I played ever on clay.
But if I played not well like I did in Brazil and I was able to go to the final and win it, that's a very positive thing. These things help me, like the things in Brazil helped me to play much better in Acapulco.

Q. You have many fans. It's been said that really no one was quite missed like the way you were missed these last months. Has there been one moment, one comment, that has been particularly touching to you and that you reflect on as a nice moment of appreciation for people's sense of your absence?
RAFAEL NADAL: For me I think will be not good to say anyone, no? For me, my feeling was I feel the love of the people during all this time.
Because when you are winning and when you are playing is great to have all this support, because, you know, you feel important; you feel great on court.
But when you are off, when you are not having your best moment receive as many messages as I did, I receive, you know, in my personal phone and in the Twitter and Facebook, you know, is something very important.
And seriously, you know, that's give me a lot of energy, no, to keep doing, keep trying hard every day. When I was back and I played in South America and Brazil and Chile and in Mexico, the support more than ever was really, really amazing.
When you feel that support of the people, when you go on court, when you are walking around outside of the court, is something that, you know, you cannot appreciate sometimes when you are doing, you know, when you are having that every week.
But when you come back after seven months, you know how you really understand how much I miss it, all of this, no?

Q. Just back to hard courts, you have won US Open, Australia, here, Canada, Cincinnati.
RAFAEL NADAL: Madrid. Cincinnati didn't play well there. Never (Laughter.)

Q. But you have won a lot of big tournaments on hard courts.
RAFAEL NADAL: You know what? I am saying that today about the hard courts, because if I had to answer that question in 2005, 2006, maybe I will not answer that question, because seems like I am just having this opinion because I prefer to play on clay because I am much better on clay than hard.
But today, after winning, you know, a lot of tournaments on hard and having a fantastic career, if we pull out all my clay court titles and just analyze my career outside of clay, I had, you know, much better career that I ever dreamed.
That's why I feel that I have the chance to have my opinion, and, you know, to express my opinion, because I was able to play very well on hard for a long time. I win a lot of important tournaments on hard, and that's give me the confidence to say that to you.

Q. So in a sense, though, you're saying maybe you sacrificed maybe too much of your body to win those tournaments on hard courts?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I did what I had to do to be happy. I did what I had to do to convert my goals. I did.
Seems stupid say like if I will be back on time I will not change nothing, because I will change things for sure, 100%.
But I tried hard to win the US Open; I tried hard to win Australia; I tried very hard no win in the Olympic Games. That was very important for me.
I work very hard to be better player on every surface. Finally I think I did, because I played great on Wimbledon a lot of times; I played great in US Open; great in Australia. I think since I don't know how my career gonna come back now, but before I stop in 2012 I was able to compete. I had the chance to win in every tournament I played, on hard, clay, grass. That's a lot. Means a lot to me.

Q. Tonight's was a very quick match. His attitude was to come at you, to come to the net, to make you play your shots quickly, but you seem to be playing a little quicker than normal. Are you having to just change your attitude a little bit knowing that there is a bit more pressure on you to play the points?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's true. I played much faster, no? And I am doing because somebody very smart puts a new rule that is a disaster, in my opinion. Not in places like here that is dry, you know, not very humid place, but is completely disaster when we are playing in tournaments like Acapulco, Brazil, or Chile.

Q. Or Rome.
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry. I cannot support that, because for so many facts in my opinion the rule is wrong. First thing, because the rules go against the great points of tennis.
Because if you see the highlights of the end of the season, I didn't see not one highlight, the best points of the season, I did not see not one ace.
The best points of the season are long rallies and amazing points. With this 25 seconds, you play a long rally and you think you can play another long rally next point? No. So go against the good tennis.
So the guy who really accepted this rule was not very smart, in my opinion. Even if you don't have time for the TV to repeat a good point, and then the referee, I don't know what he's doing on his chair. We can play without referee 100%. The lines on every line, Hawk Eye, now 25 seconds. He don't have to analyze nothing. He just have to put the clock and that's it. Then we can play. Put the clock on court and play without umpire, because it's not necessary anymore because the umpire is not enough good to analyze if the match is being hard, if somebody is losing time, penalize him with a warning.
If both players are going the same way because you are playing a great point and you need to rest 40 seconds after the point, we don't need anymore umpire. That's my feeling. You know what I did? Maybe somebody maybe nobody did at the ATP, but I went back to my matches, great matches, in Grand Slams, playing long rallies in big tournaments, and when you play like a 30 points, you know, 30 shots rally, 40 shots rally like final of Roland Garros, like final of Australia, like final of any good tournament, you know, how much time we rested?
You have to see the third set of the US Open 2011 against Djokovic, and you tell me if the crowd was very happy about what happened in that set or not, and tell me if with this new rule that can happen again. Please.
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R. NADAL/L. Mayer

w/o

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is it kind of a letdown? How close were you to the match when you found out?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was ready. I was doing my fingers tape.
Yes. That's bad news, for sure, especially for the fans and for the opponent, and for Mayer, especially. I talked with him. It seemed like it's nothing very, very bad. Just typical, you know, back problem just beginning when he was warming up his serve.
But I really hope you know, physio says maybe in four days, five days will be ready. That's most important thing that nothing serious.

Q. Did he say anything to you, I'm sorry, or tell you he couldn't play, or did you guys not talk?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am sorry, not. How he can say sorry, no?
He in the worst position, so sorry for him especially. I talked with him just one minute, two minutes. No, he was with calm and no. Sad situation. Happened the same to him in Săo Paulo this year, so that's negative and frustrating sometimes.
But that's the sport, and when you bring our body to the limit conditions, these kind of things can happen.
No, I repeat: Important thing in the end is nothing serious, and he will be able to be playing very soon.

Q. Will you practice extra today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I gonna go a little bit to the gym, I gonna go practice a little bit more later, but no match. I am not practicing a lot.

Q. I saw on social media you were maybe having a hit with Larry Ellison. I just want to know your thoughts on him and his contribution to the sport and this tournament.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, is great, no? I played with him last year. I had the chance to play again yesterday a little bit with him. Always it's a really honor.
He's improving a lot. His backhand improve especially a lot from last year, so that's great. He changed to Babolat racquet, so... (Laughter.)
No, this tournament is a really pleasure. It means a lot for me, and especially for the tennis, have somebody like Larry who is supporting like this our sport. I think is very important. He's great, one of the most important person of the world. He loves tennis and support one of the best tournaments of the world.
It's great what he's doing for tennis and especially for this tournament, no? I think this tournament I saw all around every day more and more people, more fans. For next year gonna be fantastic stadium. I think gonna be one of the best, best tournaments around the world without any doubt.
The players can say thank you for all his support.

Q. Did you talk to about tennis or business...
RAFAEL NADAL: He knows more tennis I think than me. (Smiling.)
No, yeah, we talked a lot about tennis, about many things. Both of us, we have a passion for the water, no, and we were able to talk for a while and to practice and we have new relationship. I really enjoy and say thank you very much to him personally from me what he did for his hospitality, for everything. Great.
Every time that I am coming back here, have somebody like him here is great. Thank you for everything.

Q. Did you feel the earthquake this morning?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was very scared. First time in my life. Yeah.

Q. What were you doing at the time?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was doing I was on the massage table preparing for my warmup. I think the massage table moves even worse more. (Smiling.)
I really get I finish the earthquake, and I was my legs were like this. (Indicating wobbling.)

Q. It's supposed to be very hot, 90, I don't know, 32, 33.
RAFAEL NADAL: Here?

Q. Yeah, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Do you like that?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, not a secret that I love the hot. I hate the cold weather, no? For me, for my knee, for my foot, for everything is better when the conditions are warmer, no?
Anyway, I love practicing and playing in days like today: no wind, fantastic weather, good, hot temperature.
So I enjoy a lot the practice. Sorry I couldn't play the match, but I have the day to keep doing things. Indian Wells is the right place to be.

Q. Just when the earthquake hit, how long did it take you to figure out since this was your first one what was going on? When you're preparing and all of a sudden the ground starts shaking, how long did it take you to figure out it was an earthquake?
RAFAEL NADAL: Probably in half second. (Laughter.)
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Unexpected result. It's a really good match-up.

Something is seriously wrong when Gulbis can speak to his support box numberous times during the match & Rafa is warned for coaching. Clue's in the word 'individual sport.' If a player insists on having a conversation - talk to yourselves boys!

Wish Toni would ban Rafa from running round his backhand on return.
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shawshank -thanks for the interviews

some interesting stuff in them
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Even at the time, I thought Ferrer must be not himself for Rafa to beat him so easily. Now he's been beaten at IW, it puts that victory in perspective.
Ferrer's Indian Wells w/l record is just about poorer than at any other tournament. Played the event eleven times & reached the quarters once. Lost his first match on six occasions including 2010 & 2011. A SF showing AO & a title in Argentina counted for little as Rafa was brilliant in Acapulco, particularly in the final.
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R. NADAL/E. Gulbis

4-6, 6-4, 7-5
An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You certainly held the crowd. Did they inspire you? That was an awful lot of noise for you out there today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, all the support of the crowd since I am coming back every place, you know, around every tournament that I played was amazing, and today was not an exception.
I just can say thank you very much all the fans. You know, in the tough moments like I had, they are very important. And, you know, in my coming back having matches like today and having matches that I am with some troubles like I had in Chile and Brazil and lot of days and the support, the feeling that you have a lot of people with you around is very important.
That's, you know, give to me a lot of energy.

Q. As happens a lot in your matches on a lot of the intense points, you were grunting pretty loud. Can you talk about just why you grunt?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry?

Q. Just a general question about that.
RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) During the point?

Q. Yeah. I know you do it a lot.
RAFAEL NADAL: (Shrugging.) I cannot answer. I didn't know.

Q. You don't know you're grunting?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's the first time I heard that my life.

Q. You don't think you're grunting?
RAFAEL NADAL: I cannot say I don't think. The only thing I can say is I don't feel it. I didn't have that feeling never, so it's first time that somebody told me that. For sure, if I did, you know, I didn't because I wanted.

Q. First off, nice shirt.
RAFAEL NADAL: You like? Golf.

Q. Some of your fans were wondering why you didn't hit to your forehand more often, because sometimes he's shaky on his forehand. You seemed to go to his backhand a lot.
RAFAEL NADAL: I did in the last three games, so that's give me the match. But, yeah, it's true. I had to change it a little bit more directions. Today my movements weren't perfect, you know. I felt for moments that playing against his backhand I had I know it's not the right thing, because to play against a player like Ernests, the right thing to do, in my opinion, is play against his backhand and change to his forehand quick, no?
But, yeah, today I didn't have legs for that. Changing direction from behind not from side is much more difficult, so I felt more comfortable with my movements playing against his backhand.
I felt if I changed directions I had to run more, too. I didn't want that today.

Q. After the first set, how would you assess your level of play? How is your knee playing?
RAFAEL NADAL: I said before the tournament my knee some days good, some days not that good. Today so so. But I fighted. I fighted every ball. I tried my best in every moment. I know I cannot go to some balls that in the past I went today, but I will do it in the future.
So win matches in days like today are more important that ever for me, and very happy about what I did on court. Happy about the attitude. With all the problems I was able to keep being focused and keep winning.
Today every victory is very important to me, and I really appreciate every moment and every victory.

Q. You're going to be playing Roger for the first time before the semis and finals since the first time you guys played in Miami. Can you talk a little bit about what you remember from that match in 2004?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, since that moment was my best match ever. Feels like happened 100 years before. (Smiling.)
We played that much times after that. Well, tomorrow will be a nice match. Always play against Roger is a pleasure. This match arrives early for me, too early to, you know, to go to the match with the feeling that I can play equal conditions than him.
I think I am not that level today, but I gonna try, as I do always. I gonna try to enjoy the match. I'm going to try to play well and, you know, make the match positive for me with any result.
I am her in Indian Wells in quarterfinals. Two weeks ago I didn't know if I would be able to be here. Being in quarterfinals is a fantastic result for me, and we'll see.
It will be very difficult tomorrow for me.

Q. I just wonder how encouraged you are at your level here so far. You didn't know you were going to play on hard court or how you were going to feel, but how encouraged are you by what you've done so far in this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: For tomorrow or in general?

Q. Your level of encouragement about what you have done far.
RAFAEL NADAL: I need to keep doing. I need time and I need matches more on clay than hard.
Be in quarterfinals is great. Be able to be here for, you know, seven days, ten days and play, practice with all the best players here with professional players is positive for me. That's why I am here.
I didn't want to go back home and stay one month and a half before Monte Carlo at home. I am tired to be at home and waiting for the competition and watching the competition and the matches, watching competition on the television.
So I am here, and I think any result tomorrow will be a positive week for me. That's what I have to say and that's what I have to think, because I think that's the right thing.

Q. If you're not moving the way you want to, did you think about ending points more quickly, or is it because you like to set up points usually that it's hard to force yourself to do that?
RAFAEL NADAL: To end the points quickly you have to move quick, because if you don't take the ball early you cannot finish the point early.
You cannot pretend to you know, if you're not moving quick you cannot take the ball inside the court, because the ball comes quick and you have to be able to go against the ball very quick.
If I am playing with my conditions today, for me it's easier to play one, two meters behind the baseline because I can move myself with a little bit more time. I have to play with electric movements like when I'm 100% well and I am able to play inside.
But seriously, tomorrow I don't have much more to say than I have to play aggressive. I have to play aggressive to enjoy the match. If not, the match not gonna be good fun for me.
I always play one way against Roger, or similar, not always the same, but tomorrow will be not easy to do this as I do all the time, because I need to move quick, especially on hard to do this kind of game, no?
I don't know if I am ready to do it, but we'll see how I wake up tomorrow. We'll see how I feel on court tomorrow. I gonna try my best in every moment.

Q. What do you do for your knee right after the match is finished in terms of treatment?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have to put ice every day after the practice and after the match, and I do a lot of things with my physio. We are trying to put the quadriceps very powerful, but it's very difficult sometimes when you have pain to do it because you cannot do the exercises. That's the real thing, no?
We are trying to do it every, every day, even if I have pain, to create power in my quadriceps. But some days I'm not able to do it. That's negative.
So we're trying to find ways to have more power every day and to be able to compete every day with the best conditions possible.

Q. Would you say tonight was the most dramatic match you have played since you have been back, most suspense and drama and tension?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Every match since I come back every match is emotional for me, every match is important. Tonight was an important match.
But for me was more important the semifinals of Acapulco because that give me the chance to win the tournament.
Today I'm very fine of that, especially in this kind of tournament. If I have to say about tension, my feeling was a little bit more, you know, tension match in semifinals of Acapulco against Almagro for what means to me, and because it was on a surface that I have a little bit more control of the situation.
But was a good match. Was emotional match. This kind of victories give me confidence, give me positive energy. I enjoy.
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Well well UK bookmakers had Federer odds on favourite. Rarely seen Rafa hit his backhand better - 2008? When he missed, boy did he. Had you fallen asleep in the stands, you were waking up with a bruise. Can't wait for the clay.
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I woke up 3 am in the morning just to see the match and now I'm heading to work
I'm extremaly happy

I feel sorry for Federer. He was awful today but all credit to Rafa that he was able to exploit Fed's weaknesses

Some vintage stuff from Rafa. Forehand still rusty. Backhand on the other hand very leathal. No serve but we get used to it don't we ?
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Good to see Rafa back!
Rafa and Roger reunited!
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Rafa vs Berdych semis first, good! I will be able to watch. Vamos!
Nole will win the title anyway.
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Great week for his confidence. As long as he avoids total humiliation by Screech then it should do him wonders come MC.

Do we know if he is playing Miami yet?
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