Rafael Nadal Final Press Conference | 2018 Barcelona Open

“I’m very happy, it was another positive week. I think it was a complete day. The day wasn’t as good as the other days. I did a solid match, I play good points in some moments and not that good in others. Very happy for the victory. Winning 11 times here means a lot for me. I thank everyone for the support.”

Photo: Barcelona Open

“I had really clear to hit the serve back on the court. If I can hit the ball longer I have more advantage. I think that way I can make more pressure to the opponent.”

“That the winnings are seen as a routine it means that I did it very good for many times. I feel recognized and loved around Spain, and it is a special sensation. What I did is so difficult, people appreciated it, but, I think with the years it would be more appreciated. I think if I did it someone else can do it, but I maybe don’t see it.”

“I don’t think players respect me more than they should do. I think he started a good match, I understood the way he wanted to play, it was 2-1, I won my serve easy. With double break the set is going uphill. Then, with a set up, I started the second with more strength. They are different dynamics of matches, so it is harder to catch advantage. I’m playing good in every aspect and it makes me have more margin, so I just have to take it. In general, everything has gone very well.” 

“What makes you win is to play good tennis, not the scenic fear. What makes you win and that your opponents have more respect on you is to play your best tennis. Sometimes it helps you to have won a lot of matches, this dynamic makes you more confidence, but is has a dead line. Playing in a high level doesn’t have a caducity, and that is what I’m doing. I want to keep playing at this level. Now I just think on Madrid and that I just have won a very important tournament for me. Last week I won in Montecarlo, this week here, they are two very positive weeks. Don’t forget that I come from a lot of months without competing because of an injury and it has a special merit for me.”

“You can’t predict things and even less in sports. I don’t know how many more titles I will win here, I probably stay in 11, I don’t know. There is so many things that influence and the things that are going good now can change and go bad. There is physic facts and life facts that I can’t control, and they can affect at sensations. I try to value everything that happens.”

“It is true that the backhand with one hand is more difficult to anticipate. But I’m not playing the same game I used to play some years ago with a higher ball. Now I try to play more open, playing with the angles and trying to take advantage of it. Honestly, if he has a backhand with one hand can benefit me a little bit because it is harder to anticipate. I think that balls vote less than before. It favors me more a fast ball to play on clay court.”

“A player of 19 years old who has won the players he won this week and that he has achieve to be where he is, it is because he has definitely something special.”

 

Source: Barcelona Open

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11 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal Final Press Conference | 2018 Barcelona Open

    1. hearn fiona

      Estoy encantada que Rafael nos ha complacido 😃👑 como en Monte Carlo, le he escrito una carta de Enhorabuena. 😀 Esperamos para Madrid. Le esperamos en R Garros, tengo mis entradas. Tambien he escrito una carta a Marc y Feli Lopez para los dobles 😃👑 dos banderas espanolas han sido izado 😅👍en Barcelona. Fiona en Paris

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  1. Melly

    Congrats champ Rafa. Yes, yes yeoooooooooo!!!!!!! Soooooo very happy and delighted watching you lifting the trophy won in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Thanks for making us all Rafans so very proud of your hardwork on court hitting and chasing every balls. Great job!!!!!! All the best again on your next tournament. May the Lord always keep you safe and protected from all injuries, aches and pains. Vamos Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Carol Nunn

    Thank s to you all for keeping us up to date I love it rest now Rafa well what a silly thing for me to say goodbye KING 👑 for now Thank you for coming back & playing 2 more great matches plus’s the trophies now 11 I think as you said that’s a good number whatever you decide thank you I thoroughly enjoyed watching you in Spain have a great day👑🎾👀. Gold Coast Australia 🇦🇺

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  3. Jonathan

    Vamos Rafa, you’re such a trully champion, so humble and grounded as a person. I’m so happy for you. It’s paid off what you’ve spent for years. Hopefully, this title is just the begining for many more to come this year. Stay healthy and be wise to your schedule due to I wanna see you play injured free. May God bless you my champion in and out of court. Vamos!!!

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  4. Rafan

    So happy for You and your fans. All the Rafans will be so confident for Madrid open now. Seeing you in this form leaves only one question for the remaining clay tournaments ” lwho will be the runner up?” ❤❤❤

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  5. Elizabeth Howard

    Fantastic achievement to win another eleventh title and write another chapter in tennis history.
    Now to stay fit and healthy. I wish that the scheduling was not so tight and that players had a break even of one week.
    We are fortunate to witness such a great champion in Rafa . The player who lights up tennis for millions😍

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  6. Elaine Crowder

    Rafa what Steve said is so true that we are so blessed to be able to see you play tennis so inspirationally, and with great gusto.

    I trust God willing that I too can visit Mallorca next year,

    and go to the Academy.

    All the best for Madrid Rafa,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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  7. steve

    We are truly blessed to witness seeing you play! I just cannot miss a match of yours! And the work ethic you bring, and the dividends it shows are just amazing, like none other! Can’t wait to see you play again!
    And one of these days, I just have to visit Mallorca; It is my dream vacation.

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  8. Fan love

    wi……..wi……..wi……SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL VICTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY HAPPY FOR YOU DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ): ) : ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FANTASTIC ELEVENTH BARCELONA TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) KUDOS FOR BEING SUCH CLASSY, ADORABLE & BRILLIANT NUMBER UNO TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WATCHING YOU PLAY IS SUCH FAVORITE, FUN HAPPENING ………ALWAYS EXCITING & DEEPLY ENGAGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) WE ARE THRILLED FOR YOU SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) & HAVE A GREAT TIME CELEBRATING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT & A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

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