China Open: An interview with Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta (October 9, 2016)

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain hold the winners trophy after winning the Men's Doubles final against Jack Sock of the United States and Bernard Tomic of Australia on day nine of the 2016 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 9, 2016 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)
Photo by Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images

Transcript of Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta’s presser after the China Open doubles final match.

Q. It was a tough battle. Rafa, are you happy to end this week on a good note? Pablo, can you talk about your past month, playing pretty good tennis?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, win is always a win. That’s like this. We enjoy together. We played some good matches here, I think, winning against some good players.

Yeah, is always a positive thing finish a tournament with a victory, even if it’s in doubles. That makes you feel on competition, too. You feel happier going to the next tournament.

Especially winning with a good friend, too, is something that is a bit more special. So we’re happy for that.

PABLO CARRENO BUSTA: For me also I think we are focused in the singles. But when you lose in singles, you continue play in doubles. You try to do your best.

Always win is important. So I think we are ready to go to Shanghai now and to play singles again.

Q. This morning you spent a lot of time practicing net play. How do you feel about your net performance?
RAFAEL NADAL: This morning we practiced like a normal practice. Doubles is not a big deal for us in terms of physical performance. For sure, when you are in a final, you want to be ready to try to win it because always a title is a title. That’s another title, and an important one, because is a great event.

But, you know, for us the goal is try to be ready for the next week, too. We practice for one hour and a half, more or less, trying to work the things that we need to work for next week.

PABLO CARRENO BUSTA: I completely agree (smiling).

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports


  1. Rafa and Pablo well done and what a great pair of friends and countrymen you both are….smiling laughing and enjoying one anothers great sportsmanship.

    I didn’t see the match but it is wonderful to see the photos of you both smiling and enjoying the win together,

    All the best for Shanghi.

    Love and prayers,


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