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Old 08-11-2005, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default What Nadal said after the match - Montreal 2005

Nadal upstages mentor Moya
Bill Scott | Montreal, Canada10 August 2005 12:37

Rafael Nadal didn't let a jammed finger deter him from an opening-round hard-court victory, overcoming long-time mentor Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-7 (0-7) 6-3 on Tuesday at the $2,2-million Montreal Masters.

The 19-year-old from the Spanish island of Mallorca needed treatment in the fifth game of the final set on a finger on his left hitting hand.

But that problem was quickly solved as the top seed secured the win over the 28-year-old compatriot, who spotted him as a top tennis tip in the late 1990s.

Nadal came in strong in his first cement outing since taking Roger Federer to the limit four months ago in the final at Miami.

The reigning French Open champion has won his last 34 matches on clay with a yield of eight trophies in 2005.

He now stands 11-4 on hard courts, with a month on the surface filling his schedule through the United States Open.

Nadal said that his long friendship with Moya, the 1998 French Open winner, didn't affect the match.

"We practise always together in Mallorca," said the winner. "We have a very good relationship. He's my best friend in the tour."

Moya came into the battle of current and former Roland Garros winners standing level 1-1 with his teenaged compatriot. The 28-year-old won their last meeting in the semis two years ago at Umag.

Nadal said he is keen to translate his game successfully to the North American surface, and he won't rest on his laurels as a teenaged grand-slam winner.

"I feel the same pressure like the other players," said the world number two. "I want to win matches. It's normal pressure. I want to win every match, every time when I go to the court. I want to win the match. After Roland Garros, every other pressure is normal."



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Old 08-11-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: What Nadal said after the match - Montreal 2005

That handshake at the net after the match seemed cold to me. They didn't even say anything to each other after.
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Old 08-12-2005, 06:47 AM   #4
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Default Re: What Nadal said after the match - Montreal 2005

I think Carlos only said "congratulations" and that's all. Nadal didn't really show at that moment that he was happy to win. I think maybe he was a bit annoyed cause beating Carlos is not the same thing as beating another player. He's like his brother.
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Default Re: What Nadal said after the match - Montreal 2005

Heres a little more to add to what Nadal said:

Nadal, known as one of the more outwardly excitable players on tour, trid to keep his antics to a minimum against his reserved friend.

"I watched my gestures,"said Nadal, who ran his winning streak against fellow Spaniards to 20 matches. "Usually I would be more pumped up. I tried not to show as much. He is a very good player and a very good friend."


The article also said they flew on the plane together to Montreal.

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Old 08-12-2005, 01:28 PM   #6
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thats great
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Default Re: What Nadal said after the match - Montreal 2005

Thank you for the article. And hopefully he had this behaviour. If he had really shown his happiness, I wouldn't have appreciated, just by respect to Carlos, who made a lot for him. This evening, I saw his match point on tv, and he was a little bit more happier
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Thank you for the article. And hopefully he had this behaviour. If he had really shown his happiness, I wouldn't have appreciated, just by respect to Carlos, who made a lot for him. This evening, I saw his match point on tv, and he was a little bit more happier
Yes, its the greatness of the Man as he says Nadal is himself what he is now & he hasn't done any thing huge or special for him!!!
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