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I think just before I was running a lot, two meters behind the line. I think right now I playing a little bit more aggressive. I can lose, but I think it's the only way for try to win.

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R. NADAL/J. Blake

3‑6, 6‑3, 6‑1

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. A few weeks ago before Indian Wells, people were saying, and looking at his record, thinking he's maybe a little bit in your head. What turned around? And are you in his head a little bit now maybe?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think, so. I think we play very tough matches, both, Indian Wells and here. Very good matches I think.
Well, he start playing so aggressive. I don't have many chances in the beginning. I can't touch the ball. I can't get the rhythm in the beginning, nothing. But I was all the time very focused, no? Serving well? The first set, I don't know, but I was playing well, winning my serves easy.
So later in the 4‑3, 30‑Love, you play against James and he has three winners, returns, something like this. So you don't know why, but you are 6‑3 down.
So later I won a very important point. One 15‑30 with one long volley after long point with the backhand. This change a little bit the match, no? And later I have the break in the 4‑3. That's turn of the match.

Q. You've found a way to get on James' backhand side and make that work for you. How have you done that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I play better this two times than the last times against him, no? I change a little bit tactically. I play more aggressive than before.
I think just before I was running a lot, two meters behind the line. I think right now I playing a little bit more aggressive. I can lose, but I think it's the only way for try to win.

Q. Does it help to hit the service returns high to James on the backhand side?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I need change the serve because I don't have 230 kilometer serve. Well, so I have to change. I serve with more topspin sometimes. Sometimes a little bit more flat. But I have to change. If not, it's impossible because he returns so fast.

Q. Has Djokovic's early loss here taken a bit of pressure off you in terms of ranking? Obviously after this tournament you've got a lot of points to defend. Do you feel a little less pressure now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Djokovic is very good player. He can be No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 right now. Doesn't matter, no?
But I just try my best in every tournament. If he pass me and he's the No. 2 or No. 1, we have to accept that and congratulate him. But the only thing is try to put the ‑‑ I just try my best. And, well, with this tournament, a little bit with more calm.
But anyway, I have to defend a lot of points. He's going to have his good chances on clay for pass me. But I just ‑‑ my goal is try to continuing playing like here and play like this, I going to have my chances for being in the top positions.

Q. Do you feel as though you're game is coming together now? I know it's the end of hard court season, but do you get the sense that things are beginning to come into place for you at an important time?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think for me it's very good, both tournaments, no? Semifinals in Indian Wells and being in semifinals here, it's very good tournament for me. Best players of the world are here, playing at hard surface.
So three most important tournaments this year on hard, I was in the semifinals in all three, no? So I think I'm playing well, for sure, and my opinion is that I am playing much better here than Australia.
Right now I am feeling like I am playing at my best level, so that's important for come to the clay season with more confidence, too. But at the same time, disappointing, because right now finish the hard season and then I'm playing better than before.
I think the last week help me a little bit with the big wins against Tsonga and Blake. After, I play very bad match in semifinals against Djokovic. Anyway, I play very good matches, and I come in this week with more confidence, no?

Q. In both these matches the past few weeks, at the end James' level seemed to go down. He looked like he wasn't feeling so confident anymore. Is that something that you notice on your side of net? When was the last time you felt so discouraged against a player at that stage of the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sometimes happen, no? Well, the thing is it's strange. I don't know what he says before. I don't know what he says. But I think he was playing fine today. I think he was playing very good tennis.
After the third game or fourth game of third set he comes a little bit down. I have lucky with the break point net on the inside. But I think he goes a little bit down, no?
I have the same last week against Djokovic. I played, but it's a little bit different because I start playing bad and I finish playing worse. He start playing well, and he finish a little bit worse. But it was a tight match, not similar.

Q. Maybe the most important point of the match: Breakpoint, fourth game, third set. He hits an overhead right at you. Did you feint one way first to try to get behind you? Is that how you were able to retrieve the over head?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it was in the third game. Yeah. I don't know. I just ‑‑ I have bad lob, I think, not very well. Anyway, I have lucky because I touch the ball here and the ball can goes anyplace.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the fact that you missed so many breakpoints today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Sometimes happen, no?

Q. But were you getting a bit crazy about it?
RAFAEL NADAL: The true is I didn't know. I know when I sit in the changeover of the first set. So that's the first time what I know that, no?
But I think he play well. He play good serves. I tried to play aggressive when I have the chance. This is the only way to win: Play aggressive, no? But, well, he serve very good points and I have some mistakes with the forehand in the return, but anyway, he played very well, the important points.

Q. Will you watch Berdych tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. It's at 9:00, no? I don't think so. I think we know each other, Berdych and Andreev, and he's not an unknown player. It's dinnertime.

Q. Should you reach the final, would you prefer to play Roger Federer and maybe get the chance to reverse the result of 2005 when you had a lead of two sets to Love and 4‑1 and you lost the match? Would you prefer to play Federer because of that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer to play the final.

Q. Yeah. But would you prefer Federer in the final if you get there?
RAFAEL NADAL: Ask me when I am in the final, when I come here after semifinals and if I am there, no?

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I think just before I was running a lot, two meters behind the line. I think right now I playing a little bit more aggressive. I can lose, but I think it's the only way for try to win.

:worship::worship::worship::wavey:

R. NADAL/J. Blake

3‑6, 6‑3, 6‑1

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. A few weeks ago before Indian Wells, people were saying, and looking at his record, thinking he's maybe a little bit in your head. What turned around? And are you in his head a little bit now maybe?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think, so. I think we play very tough matches, both, Indian Wells and here. Very good matches I think.
Well, he start playing so aggressive. I don't have many chances in the beginning. I can't touch the ball. I can't get the rhythm in the beginning, nothing. But I was all the time very focused, no? Serving well? The first set, I don't know, but I was playing well, winning my serves easy.
So later in the 4‑3, 30‑Love, you play against James and he has three winners, returns, something like this. So you don't know why, but you are 6‑3 down.
So later I won a very important point. One 15‑30 with one long volley after long point with the backhand. This change a little bit the match, no? And later I have the break in the 4‑3. That's turn of the match.

Q. You've found a way to get on James' backhand side and make that work for you. How have you done that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I play better this two times than the last times against him, no? I change a little bit tactically. I play more aggressive than before.
I think just before I was running a lot, two meters behind the line. I think right now I playing a little bit more aggressive. I can lose, but I think it's the only way for try to win.

Q. Does it help to hit the service returns high to James on the backhand side?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I need change the serve because I don't have 230 kilometer serve. Well, so I have to change. I serve with more topspin sometimes. Sometimes a little bit more flat. But I have to change. If not, it's impossible because he returns so fast.

Q. Has Djokovic's early loss here taken a bit of pressure off you in terms of ranking? Obviously after this tournament you've got a lot of points to defend. Do you feel a little less pressure now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Djokovic is very good player. He can be No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 right now. Doesn't matter, no?
But I just try my best in every tournament. If he pass me and he's the No. 2 or No. 1, we have to accept that and congratulate him. But the only thing is try to put the ‑‑ I just try my best. And, well, with this tournament, a little bit with more calm.
But anyway, I have to defend a lot of points. He's going to have his good chances on clay for pass me. But I just ‑‑ my goal is try to continuing playing like here and play like this, I going to have my chances for being in the top positions.

Q. Do you feel as though you're game is coming together now? I know it's the end of hard court season, but do you get the sense that things are beginning to come into place for you at an important time?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think for me it's very good, both tournaments, no? Semifinals in Indian Wells and being in semifinals here, it's very good tournament for me. Best players of the world are here, playing at hard surface.
So three most important tournaments this year on hard, I was in the semifinals in all three, no? So I think I'm playing well, for sure, and my opinion is that I am playing much better here than Australia.
Right now I am feeling like I am playing at my best level, so that's important for come to the clay season with more confidence, too. But at the same time, disappointing, because right now finish the hard season and then I'm playing better than before.
I think the last week help me a little bit with the big wins against Tsonga and Blake. After, I play very bad match in semifinals against Djokovic. Anyway, I play very good matches, and I come in this week with more confidence, no?

Q. In both these matches the past few weeks, at the end James' level seemed to go down. He looked like he wasn't feeling so confident anymore. Is that something that you notice on your side of net? When was the last time you felt so discouraged against a player at that stage of the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sometimes happen, no? Well, the thing is it's strange. I don't know what he says before. I don't know what he says. But I think he was playing fine today. I think he was playing very good tennis.
After the third game or fourth game of third set he comes a little bit down. I have lucky with the break point net on the inside. But I think he goes a little bit down, no?
I have the same last week against Djokovic. I played, but it's a little bit different because I start playing bad and I finish playing worse. He start playing well, and he finish a little bit worse. But it was a tight match, not similar.

Q. Maybe the most important point of the match: Breakpoint, fourth game, third set. He hits an overhead right at you. Did you feint one way first to try to get behind you? Is that how you were able to retrieve the over head?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it was in the third game. Yeah. I don't know. I just ‑‑ I have bad lob, I think, not very well. Anyway, I have lucky because I touch the ball here and the ball can goes anyplace.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the fact that you missed so many breakpoints today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Sometimes happen, no?

Q. But were you getting a bit crazy about it?
RAFAEL NADAL: The true is I didn't know. I know when I sit in the changeover of the first set. So that's the first time what I know that, no?
But I think he play well. He play good serves. I tried to play aggressive when I have the chance. This is the only way to win: Play aggressive, no? But, well, he serve very good points and I have some mistakes with the forehand in the return, but anyway, he played very well, the important points.

Q. Will you watch Berdych tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. It's at 9:00, no? I don't think so. I think we know each other, Berdych and Andreev, and he's not an unknown player. It's dinnertime.

Q. Should you reach the final, would you prefer to play Roger Federer and maybe get the chance to reverse the result of 2005 when you had a lead of two sets to Love and 4‑1 and you lost the match? Would you prefer to play Federer because of that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer to play the final.

Q. Yeah. But would you prefer Federer in the final if you get there?
RAFAEL NADAL: Ask me when I am in the final, when I come here after semifinals and if I am there, no?

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/content/20080402190717.html
Thanks for posting it's very intersting read. Rafa always tries to improve his game. Ever since he came to prominance he has been improving. He practises and changes this and that in his game. Who would have thought he will twice be the runner up in Wimbledon? VAmos Rafa!
 

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Thanks for posting it's very intersting read. Rafa always tries to improve his game. Ever since he came to prominance he has been improving. He practises and changes this and that in his game. Who would have thought he will twice be the runner up in Wimbledon? VAmos Rafa!
;) - got me tons of cash last year I might say... REAL cash in that very case. :lol:
I'm sure Rafa won't stop adjusting and improving his game to the very extent that he'll indeed be able to WIN Wimbledon one day. :angel:
 

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He's said that for ages, difference is he's actually started doing it recently.

Though he's still far from perfect, he still has a tendency to revert to old ways. Baby steps I guess :lol:
You are right, baby steps that one has to take to learn new skills. It's really remarkable how he makes the effort and doesn't rest on his laurels. I want him to be perfect in every department but obviously that can't happen. In my opinion though, I think his knee, and ankle injuries must also play a part in his slow progress on the way to be more aggressive. But the paradox is he has to shorten the rallies in order to save the wear and tear on his limbs. I think that is more the reason why he really is showing signs of playing more aggressive than before.
 

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O.K. This was my favorite quote.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the fact that you missed so many breakpoints today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Sometimes happen, no?
 

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He's said that for ages, difference is he's actually started doing it recently.

Though he's still far from perfect, he still has a tendency to revert to old ways. Baby steps I guess :lol:
scuse me who are those ugly rank i guess i think there girls in ur signature?
 

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He better not lose to Berdych.
nadal is at peak form this year ,and playing with alot of confidence.

i havent seen berdych play but i think nadal will edge it...
 

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But I was all the time very focused, no?
This change a little bit the match, no?
I think I play better this two times than the last times against him, no?
Djokovic is very good player. He can be No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 right now. Doesn't matter, no?
I think for me it's very good, both tournaments, no?
So three most important tournaments this year on hard, I was in the semifinals in all three, no?
Anyway, I play very good matches, and I come in this week with more confidence, no?
Well, sometimes happen, no?
But I think he goes a little bit down, no?
Yeah. Sometimes happen, no?
So that's the first time what I know that, no?
This is the only way to win: Play aggressive, no?
I don't know. It's at 9:00, no?
Ask me when I am in the final, when I come here after semifinals and if I am there, no?
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Roger is playing like shit and does not have the consistency to beat Rafa at the moment, so this is good for Raf, he should hope Roger beats Roddick cos I believe Roddick has a better chance at beating Rafa than Roger atm. watch Roger start sucking the moment he strugles with something and be unable to recover for the whole set.

Then again if ninjafed makes a cameo, we got ourselves a match, because Rafa is on fire
 

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Rafa's automated responses are so funny.

Q. Do you think Novak Djokovic will overtake you in the rankings this year?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is hard to say, no? But anyway I try my best to win. To go for the win. He is a very, very good player. He play unbelieveable, no? But I try my best, no?
 

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But he still is not doing it in the big matches. Nadal played really well but he still counter punched for most most of that match.
I just think that in the biggest matches agist the bigger players Nadal will alway revert back to being a counter puncher.
 

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OK...Some People need to learn how to communicate with non english speakers! This frustrates me so much!

Q. Maybe the most important point of the match: Breakpoint, fourth game, third set. He hits an overhead right at you. Did you feint one way first to try to get behind you? Is that how you were able to retrieve the over head?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it was in the third game. Yeah. I don't know. I just ‑‑ I have bad lob, I think, not very well. Anyway, I have lucky because I touch the ball here and the ball can goes anyplace.


You do not use the word FEINT when ur speaking to someone with Nadals Level of english you fu**ing :retard:
 
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