Rafael Nadal gets candid about his performance in Rome after advancing into the QFs following his win against Nick Kyrgios.
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I think you’re playing wonderful tennis. I want to ask you if you think you are now at the best of your potential or if we can expect strongest Nadal in Paris.
RAFAEL NADAL: I’m playing well, I feel like I am playing at the right level. Today was important victory for me, of course, against a very difficult opponent. And coming back after a tough first set that I had a lot of opportunities, I believe, after the first six games I think I had more chances than him, but I had couple of mistakes with that chances. And then in the tiebreak I had one double fault and then he played great.
But I happy the way I played, and I don’t know. I really don’t think about Paris now.
Q. Did you see anything from the match of Novak now against Bellucci? 6-0 in the first set. Not for Novak but for Bellucci.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn’t see not one point. The real thing.
Q. When Nick had treatment for his injury, do you think that affected his level at all? Were you pleased with the way you stayed focused through that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. You have to ask him. I cannot tell something that I don’t know. That’s the real thing (smiling).
Q. Were you a bit angry with yourself when you lost the first set having the chance, especially the return on the set point? Were you worried or not?
RAFAEL NADAL: When you lose a set, I think everybody is worried. If somebody comes here and says I was not worried after losing the first set probably is lying, because when you lose a set, you can lose another one. If you lose the second or the third, you’re out.
And especially playing against a player like Nick, that he has a huge serve, very aggressive player, great shots. So it’s difficult to play under pressure after losing the first, no?
But I think I managed it well, no? I played very solid during the whole match, serving well, and I think playing with not many mistakes and having some winners, too.
Q. How much is it important to get again the fourth position in the ranking for you in order to avoid a match like in the quarterfinals with the No. 1?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer to be 6 than 7 and it’s obvious I prefer be 4 than 5th, but today I’m 5th. That’s all. I’m working well. I think I’m in a good position on the raise now. That’s important for me.
Let’s keep going. And I know if I am able to play the way that I am playing the last four weeks during the rest of the season, I hope and I believe that I can finish in a high position than what I am today.
FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports, Video: ATP World Tour
I thought Rafa played amazing tennis against Novak today. It could have gone either way. I felt his confidence and concentration was spot on. It was the warm up for ROLAND GARROS!!! You know when you can make Novak through his racket down that showed his frustration, that was fantastic!!!
Rafa played with confidence always a gladiator focused plays each point with passion. Djovic on the other hand is melodramatic he’s not interviewing for a part in a movie. Get a grip Djokovic your an athlete, there’s no crying in tennis.
Watched Rafa lose to Navak …even though he played better most of the time Novak just won by a very small margin…If possible I feel that this was a good loss for Rafa,he is back and if he were playing anyone esle he would have won. Loved the serve it has become a weapon for him again..loved his control ,,,really thought he play Fantastic tennis…so happy to see Rafa play like the king of clay again. Just have a good feeling that Rafa will win RG for the 10th time!!! Such a great game as usual nail biting and so Entertaining! Win or lose…love love love Rafa!! Vamos Rafa!
Vamos Rafa, tu a lo tuyo,no necesitas consejos ni instrucciones. Solo se tu mismo y haz lo que tu sabes: jugar al tennis. Mucha suerte
Just go Rafa go in your match with Djokovic you can do this and you must not allow any prior losses against him to hold you back just keep on fighting you have the game to beat him and we are sure you know this yourself no you just have to beleive and you will keep your confidence high and play aggressive
If he breaks you do t get down just get even and break back
Good luck and best wishes Rafa and just remember you have so many fans around the world who love you and so want you to win
But win or loss you will always remain our Champ !