Rafael Nadal talks to the media after securing his place in the second round at the Roland Garros.
“[I’m] happy with the performance, by the way. It’s a positive start. Of course, I’m the kind of player looking for something else; looking for better things, and that’s what I’m going to try to find in my practice tomorrow and in my next match.
“Of course, the confidence is higher when you win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Madrid or Rome. Without a doubt, things are easier in this world to understand when you are winning more matches and more tournaments, you will have greater confidence and the opponent feels that too. At the end, you are more used to the level you need to play [at] to win matches.
“[For me,] this is not the case, things are different. But I never expected to be winning 15 Monte Carlo’s and Rome so, that’s the situation. I got injured, what happened has passed and I am here at Roland-Garros.”
Rafa was also asked about his opinions on the Wimbledon saga, but the great man kept his cards close to his chest.
“I don’t have a clear opinion [about Wimbledon]. The problem with the players’ side is always the same. From the tournament’s side, there is always a person or a board that makes the decision, and the rest of the people running the event follow that decision. In our tour, every player has a different opinion, and that is why we never achieve the things that we could achieve if we came together.
“The ATP board made a decision, and we need to accept that. The rest of the things… I will not be the player who comes here and put my board in a tough position for the decision that they have made. As players, we are not prepared well enough to make important decisions because at the end it is an individual sport and everyone has their own personal views in terms of how much profit they get from every decision that the ATP makes.
“I understand both sides. I understand Wimbledon’s position, without a doubt, but on the other hand I understand and respect the ATP for respecting their members, and that’s it. It’s not that one is doing a positive thing and one is negative. In my personal opinion, there are good reasons for them to make the decisions that they have made today, and hopefully the ATP and Wimbledon can be together and negotiate a better future for both sides.”