Rafael Nadal talked with the press about his experience on court with David Ferrer, and the importance of this victory. Transcript published at the Rome Masters website.
Q: Which part of your game are you more satisfied with today
R. Nadal: I think almost everything and I played a great match against a difficult opponent and I played my best and the worst moment in the third I played my best tennis and I an happy. He is a fantastic player and a big example for the kids and positive and fighting and correct on court and a great example and so this victory for me is very special
Q: How difficult was the second set and then the let point and then the warning and David’s defence.
R. Nadal: Not difficult and I know not to lose concentration and so I was thinking of the beginning and I thought to start to be strong mentally and not have changes mentally. At the beginning of the third he had big confidence after winning the second and so you feel you don’t want to miss balls and so I had to stop this moment and I think I did, winning the second and the third was a fantastic match for me and I played aggressive with my forehand and I ………. This is an important victory for me after two tough matches here.
Q: You have not played best of 5 since Wimbledon and so, how important are these long matches for you
R. Nadal: Long term good, short term bad because I am preparing for tomorrow and with 2 matches in a row it is tough and it is normal. It is the first time that I play long matches in a row and so it is positive because physically on court and I can resist longer than a few weeks ago and I can do this extra in the moments when I need which I wasn’t able to do before and so we’ll think of tomorrow and the tough situation
Q: Tonight will we watch Federer against Janowicz or Atletico against Real Madrid
R. Nadal: If you let me go early then I will go to see the match and I still have to go to the hotel so please finish.
Q: A question about Benoit Paire who you have played twice and what do you think about him. Are you surprised he is in the semi
R. Nadal: To be in the semi in a Masters is a big deal and you have to win against good players. Surprised that he is playing .. No. After my match in Madrid he has great potential and I said to the coach of Granollers he is playing well and I saw him play in Montecarlo in the second round and then in Barcelona and Madrid and his level is improved a lot and he is one of the strongest of the tour and he is serving very well and his forehand is improving and if he keeps improving his forehand he will be in a good position in the ranking.