Cincinnati: Quarterfinal presser – Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for US Open

Rafael Nadal talks to the media after the 2-6, 5-7 defeat against Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How tough is it to play Nick when he’s serving so well today?
RAFAEL NADAL: He obviously is a tough match always, no? Nick is a great player, but I played bad, obviously, no?

I started the match well, and then I played a very bad game in the second set when he break me. And then I managed — I was lucky. I don’t know. I played some good points. He had some mistakes and I was able to be back in the match. And then I played terrible game.

So, yeah, was a bad match for me. Congrats to him. That’s it.

Q. At 5-All in the second set, that first point when they made that call and you hit the forehand up-the-line winner, how did that affect your mindset for the rest of that game?
RAFAEL NADAL: Of course 15-Love, Love-15 change a lot, but at the same time, of course, we cannot think about one point.

No, no excuses. Nothing at all. I didn’t play well, and if I don’t play well, of course I cannot win against a player like Nick. That’s it.

Q. Tough loss tonight, but how do you feel physically going into the US Open? Do you feel pretty good?
RAFAEL NADAL: Hopefully yes, no? Is true that this tournament is a tournament that didn’t work very well for me during the history of my career. I never had a very good feelings here. I don’t know. The humidity, still don’t like this ball. Still I think needs to improve a lot this ball.

But in general terms is a tournament that, yeah, I played one time great that I won, 2013, but the rest of the times have been very tough for me to play well here and find more than win or lose. No, for example, Miami I never won but I had positive feelings.

No, here in this tournament, I love so much the tournament. Tournament is improving every year. But I don’t know why I don’t find my rhythm here, no?

Is tough for me to compete well here. But I’m going to keep trying next year. That’s all. That’s all what I can say.

Saying that, New York is a completely different event. Different ball, of course, and in the history of my career in New York I played much better. That’s true, no? No, I think I am practicing well. I gonna give my best during this week of practice. Probably gonna rest two days and then starting on Monday again, and I gonna give my best during that week of preparation in New York and I hope to be ready for New York. Continue reading “Cincinnati: Quarterfinal presser – Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for US Open”

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Cincinnati Masters: 3rd round presser

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Ramos-Vinolas match.

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Q. Can you give us your thoughts about being in the quarterfinals here, and also your thoughts on what happened yesterday in Barcelona.
RAFAEL NADAL: For sure very happy to be in the quarterfinals. Was a tough match this afternoon against Albert, and now another very, very difficult match against Kyrgios, no?

So I just need to be ready, to play my best. The only way to try to have success in that match against Nick is just playing aggressive and play very focused all the time, and of course play at a great level of tennis.

And, yeah, what happened yesterday in Barcelona was, of course, terrible. Everyone is very, very sad. I don’t have words to say, because when these kind of things happen, is difficult, no?

All my support to Barcelona, and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims, no? So just keep going and sorry for everything.

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Rafael Nadal: “I am going to keep playing while what I’m doing makes me happy”

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Gasquet match.

Rafael Nadal of Spain fields questions from the media during day 3 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. (Aug. 13, 2017 – Source: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You always talk about the importance of playing with the right intensity and right feelings. Do you feel like you have that right now to make a run here and possibly at the US Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. Just the start of the tournament. Was important start for me. Always important to win the first match, especially after what happened last week, losing the match that way.

So just happy for the way that I played, and of course for the victory, no? So let’s see. Tomorrow another tough match against, you know, against Albert. I know him very well. He know me very well. Going to be a tough one. I hope to be ready to play well.

Q. Knowing that you’re going to be returning to No. 1 in the world no matter what happens, how is that affecting your outlook here and at the US Open, as well?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, in no one different way, no? My goal, I always say the same, is important thing for me because to come back to that number after all the things that happened to me since the last time that I have been in that position is something very important and very difficult, no? I worked a lot to give me another chance, and here I am.

Just to be back to that position is something that makes me happy, and of course is going to be an emotional moment for me.

But that doesn’t change my goals. My goal is try to play a good tournament here, and of course then we gonna think about the US Open. But now it’s Cincinnati.

Q. Why do you think you’ve had so much success against Richard?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. He’s a tough opponent in all the rounds, but especially in the first round he is a tough one.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: “I am going to keep playing while what I’m doing makes me happy””

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal discusses his return to world No. 1

Top seed Rafael Nadal discusses his early exit from Montreal and his reaction to his guaranteed to return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings this week in Cincinnati.

Rafael Nadal hard on himself after loss to Denis Shapovalov in Montreal: “It is probably my worst loss of the year”

Rafael Nadal talks to the media after the 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(4) defeat against Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you underestimate Denis?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am not this kind of person. I respect everybody.

Yeah, obviously is a tough lose for me. Is a bad lose. Probably is the worst lose of the year we have, without a doubt, for me.

That’s like this. He play well. I play really bad. When this kind of thing happen, only thing you can do is wish the opponent the best, all the best.

Q. Why do you exactly say this is one of your worst losses of the year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Probably my worst loss of the year because I lost against a player with a lower ranking. At the same time because of the opportunity I had here to come back to the No. 1. Always tough, but the draw was not that impossible after all the matches that were happening. So was an important mistake for me. That’s the real thing, no?

Is a bad lose. Just accept that and keep working.

Q. Usually when you come to Canada, you have the crowd behind you. I thought it was almost a Davis Cup crowd out there today. Talk about the crowd and the atmosphere, playing against the crowd.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no, nothing about the crowd. I am used to it. No one excuse about that. Sometimes the crowd is for you. Sometimes the crowd is against you. That’s it.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal hard on himself after loss to Denis Shapovalov in Montreal: “It is probably my worst loss of the year””

Rogers Cup 2017: 2nd round presser

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Coric match.

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was it too easy tonight on the court? You beat him really hard.
RAFAEL NADAL: Never too easy, no? At the beginning of the match was a great points. I think I started playing so well the first set. And in general, I played a great match, no? When is done, always seems easy.

But the real thing is last time that I played against him I lost, last year in Cincinnati. Was not an easy round for me.

I happy the way I played. For sure I happy to be through to the third round.

Q. You practiced quite a lot in the past few days. I guess it was to make sure you were comfortable here with the courts and the wind. Did it do something good for you tonight, all that practice?
RAFAEL NADAL: Here we are to play tennis. We are in a tennis tournament. What I do, what we do, is try to do the things the best way possible to be ready for the action. Then sometimes works well, sometimes don’t.

But, yeah, have been working three hours on court every day until yesterday, that was two. And yeah, that’s it. I arrived here with some days before to try to adapt myself to the conditions. At the same time I have been outside of the competition for a while, so I need.

Q. Tomorrow you’re going to face Denis Shapovalov. What do you know about him?
RAFAEL NADAL: He’s a young player. He’s a great opponent. Is an aggressive player. He is young. He has a lot of energy. I’m sure that he will be confident, no, after winning the first match, saving a big match against Dutra Silva, and today winning against one of the best players of the world.

He come to the match with big confidence. I going to try to play my best. I going to try to play with my intensity, and let’s see what happen.

Q. Do you think he’ll be the favorite? This afternoon when he goes by del Potro, he said, Good luck. Do you think he is going to be as much cockiness with you tomorrow?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry.  Continue reading “Rogers Cup 2017: 2nd round presser”

WATCH: Juan ‘Pico’ Monaco interviews Rafael Nadal in Ibiza

If you’re following us on Twitter (@RafaelNadalFC) and Instagram (@rafaelnadalfans) then you could see that we have posted a few photos of Rafa and Juan ‘Pico’ Monaco.

After his retirement, Pico started to work on a TV where he interviews famous people. When he came to Spain, he meet with Rafa and asked him a few question.

Most of us know Rafa so well so we haven’t been surprised with his answers. Despite that, Rafa’s love for tennis and fans each time leave us speechless.

Continue reading “WATCH: Juan ‘Pico’ Monaco interviews Rafael Nadal in Ibiza”