US Open: Second round presser

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. A bit of a slow start today, but you got the job done in the end. What would you attribute that slow start to? Where do you feel you struggled?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, of course, there is nerves there at the beginning. Yeah, when you have some nerves, when you don’t convert Love-30s, couple Love-30s in a row, 15-30s, then some breakpoints, you arrive to 4-All. The opponent, very first breakpoint, he make it. Well, he make it? Of course, I miss it. Yeah, you feel one set down. Then, of course, you play under more pressure.

Tough start of the second. Happy to be back. I think the speed was positive. Was a good fight. I think I improved. The last two sets I played better, and that’s important for what’s coming, no?

But, of course, is a day to be satisfied. Days that you’re not playing well, that’s makes the difference: win when you don’t play very well. That give me the possibility to play better.

As I say the other day, I am practicing well. I need to compete better. I believe I can do it.

Q. How important was the forehand down the line? How important are these shots for you, the rebreak in the second set? How is important to have that one shot that reenergizes you for the rest of the set?

RAFAEL NADAL: The forehand down the line of course is very important shot for me. But there is more shots that are important for me, no? 

Of course, when I am playing okay, that shot sometimes make the difference. But today, in my opinion, I saw it on the video screen, I hit around 40 winners. That’s not bad number. But 35 unforced errors, that’s a bad number for me.

I need to fix that. I need to improve that. I need to play with the feeling that when I hitting the ball, I don’t going to miss and with high intensity. That is the way I need to play if I want to have chances of success here. I going to work to make that happen.

Q. Missing most of last year, coming out like a house on fire first half of this year, are you feeling any kind of fatigue?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don’t know. I don’t feel fatigue. I feel positive. I feel hungry to keep playing. I’m excited for being here. Not tired at all. Is the last big, big event of the year. I want to try all the things that are in my hands to give me a chance. That’s what I am doing: working with the right intensity, with the right attitude, then in the match trying to do the same.

First two matches have been, of course, not great, but I am in third round. That’s the most important thing. I have tomorrow practice. After tomorrow another important match for me. So I need to be ready for it.

Q. You have Mayer next. What do you think?

RAFAEL NADAL: He’s playing well. Coming in confidence. Winning in Hamburg a couple weeks ago. Winning already two good matches here. Gasquet and Sugita. Sugita was coming here playing well. He’s a good player with good quality.

I need to play better than what I did if I want to have chances of success. That’s what I going to try to do.

Q. After the match, what did you say to Daniel?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well played, best of luck for the rest of the year.


  1. Rafa, all of the above and go out there to enjoy yourself and have the greatest of fun,

    love and prayers,


  2. Best of every to you Rafa. Please remain healthy and pain free. Believe in yourself. You have great skills and a great attitude and you have always been ver;y tennis smart. Don’t be intimidated and there is no need to overthink and obsess about your opponent or fear of failure. Just enjoy yourself. Play with intensity and calm. And VERY importantly DO NOT play 8 feet behind the baseline because if you do – all of your attributes will not help you. You cannot play like that and you know better too. Can’t understand why you fall back to that very defeatist mindset. Take the ball early and stay positive. Love and God bless you. Marylynn

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