ATP World Tour Finals: An interview with Rafael Nadal (November 18, 2015)

Rafael Nadal interview ATP Finals RR2

Q. That’s the highest-ranked player you’ve beaten since the French Open last year. How proud are you of the win?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is an important victory obviously because that put me in a good position to try to be in the semifinals, and at the same time I have a big day against a great player in a tough surface.

I just happy the way that I play today, happy the way I working, as I say the other day. Just another step for me be able to play at that level against such a great player is good news. Happy for that. Just want to try to keep working the same way to keep confirming that I am in the completely right direction.

Q. You’ve talked in recent weeks about the rest of this year being about getting yourself in perfect shape for next year. What does a victory like this mean for you going into next year?
RAFAEL NADAL: The victories are important because at the end of the day that’s confidence on the things that you are doing off court, no, outside of the competition. I know I am in the right way, as I said, since Montréal. I am playing much better, practicing very well, practicing a lot. Then you need results to confirm that.

But I am quite confident when I feel that I am finding that direction, that way, on my practices, that sooner or later the positive results can arrive. So I believe that the last four tournaments, the positive results, the good feelings on court in terms of enjoying myself, in terms of image, is much better. That’s important for me because I know I worked to find the level that I am today.

But is just the beginning. I need to keep working so hard to try to keep going the same way. Not everything going to be like this. As I said the other day, when you come back from a period like I had, is like this, is like this. But the line is very positive, no? So happy for that. And obviously is an important victory for me and important day.

Q. Are you surprised that it’s indoors that you get your confidence back when it was not always your cup of tea?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, indoor is a little bit more difficult, but not impossible. When I am playing well, I think I have been competitive in all the surfaces. But is true that always have been little bit tougher to play well on indoors than outdoors. At the same time I played lot of tournaments very bad in outdoors this year.

So is good to finish the year with this positive energy. I hope remain at least hopefully two more matches here. I hope to finish the year with that positive feeling, that positive energy, keep competing well in terms of mentality, in terms of tennis, and then let’s see.

Q. When you feel that you are regaining your confidence, how does that translate on the court? Does it mean you feel like you can take more risks? Do you feel like you’re moving quicker? Do you feel like you can use more areas of the court?
RAFAEL NADAL: The sport in general is simple. It’s quite simple. This is not a big deal about tennis or the sport in general. Normally it is not that complicated.

But in that case for me, when I feel that I am able to have more times the control of the point, when I feel when I going to hit the ball I know the ball going to goes in, when I don’t think about how to hit the ball, but when I think just about where to hit the ball, that’s good news when all these things happens.

This year, because things that we talked about enough, I was just worried about how to hit the ball to don’t miss more than try to hit the ball where I need to hit the ball to damage the opponent or try to compete, just compete against the opponent. This year I have been more worried about myself than the opponents for a lot of matches. That’s enough, no? That’s impossible to compete at the highest level.

Today I feel free. I feel enjoying on court. That don’t mean I going to play well on every match. That means I am happy. I go day by day. Happy how the things are going the last couple of weeks. I think was late on the year, but at the same time is at least the right time I try to finish the year with that positive feeling. That helps to try to start next year in better shape.

Q. I don’t know if you saw what happened today in the first sets during a changeover, Andy Murray got some scissors out of his bag and cut his hair. I wondered if you have ever cut your hair, especially on a tennis court?
RAFAEL NADAL: No idea about what happened. You asked him why?

Q. He said the hair got into his eyes.
RAFAEL NADAL: Was not at the right time to know that. He has practice before to try to know that (smiling).

Was good. Is a good solution, yeah.

Q. You defeated Wawrinka. Now you’ve beaten Murray. How far do you consider you are from the elite, Djokovic and Federer?
RAFAEL NADAL: Andy is the No. 2 of the world today. The ranking in tennis is fair. The ranking in tennis is the result of long period of time, is one year. So if you are on the injuries, these kind of things, the ranking is not fair. But if you are able to compete the whole year, as I did, as Novak did, as Andy did, as Roger did, as Wawrinka did, then the ranking is fair.

Djokovic deserve to No. 1, Andy deserve to No. 2, and Roger deserve No. 3, Wawrinka No. 4, and me No. 5. I don’t know how far I have been. I have been winning the matches against the No. 2 and the No. 4 in straight sets. If we don’t know that I lost a lot this year and I played bad for a lot of moments this year, and we arrive here, for example, with a normal year playing well, probably we will be here talking that I am playing great and I am at my normal level, competing against the best players.

Knowing what happened during the whole year, I don’t know how far I am. I won two great matches against two players, top-four players, in a tough surface for me. Today I here. Tomorrow I don’t know where I going to be.

Q. Your volleys were quite good today. You won 11 out of 13 net points. Do you try to get to the net more often?
RAFAEL NADAL: I go to the net when I am confident. I go to the net when I am hitting the ball well, when I’m able to play aggressive. When that happens is because I am playing well.

Not always, but a lot of times my volley works well when I am going to the net.

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  1. Rafa is an elite player and has 14 slams ! what these stupid people are asking Rafa ? they thrashed him all year he played bad and he’s at # 5 so if Rafa was playing and having a good year he would have been # 1 for sure ! These dumb press people needs to get a life ! Rafa you rocks the tennis world like no other player ! enjoy your game tomorrow and you have nothing to lose ! Fight to the last point !

  2. Well. Well. Well

    RAFA, you’re the best.

    Played well against a fighter like yourself. Well deserved, you didn’t forfeit the match or even give up. You are who you are and until people accept this it they would be better off.

    Your fans only ask the best of you and that’s what you give, time and time again.



    RAFA fan forever.

  3. GRANDIOSE VICTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) FANTASTIC BEAUTIFUL TENNIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) God bless you sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Rafa just beautifully won the 2nd SET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Love his passion with each point ! : ) VAMOS……..VAMOS………..VAMOS……….. : )

  5. Just got home, he lost the first set. Come on RAFA.

    Well he’s fighting back as I see now. Come on, do what do BEST.


    RAFA fan forever

  6. VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Our tiger Rafa is leading 3:0 1st SET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is looking GREAT OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
    VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) BEAUTIFUL STRONG SHOTS & FANTASTIC SERVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO…….GO……..GO……… : ) God bless you!!!!!!!!!!

    • Like I predicted/advised yesterday, Rafa must deliberately not win this match. He must let Ferrer win, so that he can avoid playing Djoker in the Semis. Hence, a script is being played out! At the end of the day, my dear Fan Love, you will see that ”our Tiger Rafa” will lose this match!
      It is better Rafa plays Roger instead of the Djoker.
      Life is all about wisdom. Remember, Fan Love, nobody jumps in front of a moving train.

      • If life is all about wisdom, my friend, it might bode well for you to check your facts before posting your nonsensical rubbish. Rafa was always going to play Novak whether he won or lost today.

        I guess your prediction didn’t come to fruition. “Great Thinker.” Only in your pompous self opinion.

  7. Vamos Rafa!!! You are such an amazing and inspirational sports person in this world as far i know among the top sports folks. I really admire your frankness and positiviness of you. 2 more matches to go. GUD LUCK RAFA!!!!!

  8. Since when is Nadal not among the “elite” players? Fight tomorrow-it is yours
    to win! Some of these questions are so condescending; Rafael is being such
    a gentleman! Continue to keep your focus💪💪💪💪💪

  9. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) You are a special player !!!!!!!! : ) Each day & each match & each tour is a BEAUTIFUL OPEN DOOR …….have a great evening & a fantastic time tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will be exciting & a great match for you!!!!!!!! Very happy for you dear Rafa….. have fun playing & enjoy your fierce beautiful strong game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) & : ) VAMOS & lots of love & happiness to you & THE TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  10. I have said this before I am so proud to be one of your loyal fans. I truly believe you are working very hard every day. It shows in your attitude. Be proud of yourself. This has been a very difficult time for you. I never had a doubt you would come Back stronger then ever.

  11. RAFA, you are a patient man. When I hear these press conferences, the same silly questions are asked constantly.

    Then, even though you explain yourself very clearly, when we read an article about you they still get it wrong.

    I believe that only your true fans really listen to you and have journeyed with you throughout your career, so we get it.

    At times, I must admit I have to mute the TV when some commies are commentating your match. You can tell that they are ‘has been’ tennis players who are trying to sound smart/important much like some wannabe ‘COACHES’ that have visited this site.

    Again, I wish I had your patience and good manners.

    RAFA fan forever

  12. Be proud of you! You fought the whole year for this wins against the top-players! I have a very good feeling for 2016!!

    Wish you all the best for tomorrow! Vamos Rafa <3 <3 <3

  13. BONSOIR RAFA , CONTENT DE VOIR EN FORME . qui que ce soit ton prochain adversaire reste relaché comme tu es et joue pour le plaisir …. HA ! 9A FAIT DU BIEN DE TE VOIR JOUER COMME SA !!!! VAMOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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