VIDEO: Pre-tournament interview with Rafael Nadal – 2018 Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal discusses how happy he is to be back in action at the Rolex Paris Masters and gives his take on Novak Djokovic’s impressive second half of the season after coming back from injury.


VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s press conference after US Open knee injury

Rafael Nadal speaks out after knee injury forces him to retire in US Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You have been playing so well throughout this tournament, how disappointing is it for you to end this way? When did you realize you were having difficulty out there as far as your health? Before the match or during the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I had some issues during the tournament. As everybody knows, I had an issue, it was in the second or third match. Then I think was little bit better.

But, yeah, I think was 2-All in the first, 15-Love, something like this in the first set, that I felt. I said too my box immediately that I felt something on the knee. After that, I was just trying to see if in some moment the thing can improve during the match. But no, was not the day.

Yeah, I waited as much as I can. You could imagine very difficult for me to say good-bye before the match finish. But at some point you have to take a decision. It was so difficult for me to keep playing at the same time that way, having too much pain.

That was not a tennis match at the end, no? It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court.

I hate to retired, but stay one more set out there playing like this will be too much for me.

Q. How much do you think the five-set match the other night affected your knee?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, you never know. Maybe zero, maybe yes. I was not feeling worst of my knee today before the match or yesterday when I practiced.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s press conference after US Open knee injury”

2018 US Open Quarterfinal: Rafael Nadal Press Conference [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal explains how tiring and gratifying it was to comeback and win against Dominic Thiem in the US Open quarterfinal.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you describe the physical and mental challenge of this match tonight?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, very demanding in all aspects. Have been a very tough start for me. After that first set, then the match became more normal. Tough match against a great opponent.

Yeah, have been physical demanding because the conditions have been tough out there, too. Not crazy, but tough. And, yes, I played against a great opponent. He played a good match. Sorry for him, yeah. He’s a top guy, being honest. He’s one of the best guys on tour. He always plays and practice with a great attitude.

Sad for him because when arrive this moment, he did all the things well to win the match. Me, too, I think. I fighted until the end. Yeah, was question of little bit of luck at the end, and was for me. Happy, of course, to be in semifinals again means a lot to me. Is good to have now two days that probably give me the chance to be on my 100% in the semifinals.

Q. Serena Williams said earlier today that big wins mean more to her now as she gets older in her career, potentially fewer years left. Do you feel that at all, they’re a little bit more special as you get older?

RAFAEL NADAL: Of course, tennis is not forever. Of course, you know that your chances to play these kind of matches every time are less, remain less chances.

But in some way, being honest, I had a very tough injury in 2005. I had the chance to really appreciate all the things that happened to me during my career because I had in different moments tough injuries. So when you are back, you always appreciate the things that happens, and have more value, more personal value, when you come from tough moments, no?

Yeah, of course for me, I played a lot of long and tough matches in my career. That’s one more today. I like this feeling, but at the same time you feel tired after that.

But, you know, winning, losing, I lost in Wimbledon a match like this, today was for me. In some way when you give everything that you have, win or lose, is just that someone have to lose, someone have to win, that’s part of the game. But the personal satisfaction when you give everything and you play with the right attitude is the same.

For me, very happy to be in the semifinals. But being honest, after Wimbledon, I was happy about my attitude and my match there. When you win or when you lose like this, you come back home with the feeling that you did all the things that you can do.

Q. After the first set, did you string your racquet with a lower tension?

RAFAEL NADAL: When these things happens, normally I am not the guy that look at the string or look at the box or look at the racquet. I am the guy to look at myself. Nothing about the string. Nothing about the tension. Just about my negative level in the beginning of the match. I needed to move forward, to change that dynamic, and I did. But the first step to change that dynamic is not find an excuse on the racquet or on the string or on something that is not the true.

The only true is that you have to do things better to be able to fight for the point and fight for the match, no? I am critic with myself. That’s all. I did a very bad set. He played well. When was 4-0, the only thing that was in my mind was, Okay, finish that set and just try to be ready for the beginning of the next.

Q. One of the things the US Open is known for the most is the number of great matches that go into 1:30 in the morning, later. Now you have this match. Outside of your three US Open wins, is this match more memorable because this is going to be part of that list of great matches in the US Open that goes deep into the morning?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not that. What is important about this match is the level of tennis, the dramatic match. When the things happens like this, the atmosphere and the crowd became more special. People get involved. Yeah, have been a great match, great atmosphere there. Happy to be part of it. But not because it’s 3 in the morning. I am not happy about this (smiling).

Q. You’ve reached the last eight of each of the slams this year. What have you changed for that to happen? Change in scheduling and training?

RAFAEL NADAL: That I was in the quarterfinals of all the Grand Slams?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: Last year didn’t happen because of one point. That’s the true, no? Last year didn’t happen because I lost that match in Wimbledon against Muller 15-30 in the fifth. Was very close to make that happen.

Is not the moment to analyze all the things that I went through. But injuries, you know, since 2012. I did it 2011. 2012, half year injured, and I didn’t play Australia at all. I missed Wimbledon — not Wimbledon, but was the same as missing, because I was destroyed with the knee. After that I didn’t play until Vina del Mar 2013. 2013 I missed Australia, impossible. 2014, the same. I was not able to play I think in the US Open. 2014 I was playing very bad, that’s all. 2016 I get injured in Roland Garros again with the wrist.

That’s the things that happened since 2011. Is the history of my career, too. Probably I am sure that I missed more Grand Slams in my career in terms of the top guys comparing to the other top players, the one that I missed more Grand Slams. That’s probably the fact that I have not been in that position.

But happy for that. Is a great result, especially at this stage in my career. Just happy the things that I am doing, the way I’m working. Just try to focus and keep going the same way.

Q. With your history against DelPo, the match at Wimbledon, what are your thoughts about the next opportunity in a few days?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, will be a very tough one. Probably Juan Martin is — in Wimbledon he’s a great player. He’s a great player on grass. Well, he’s a great player everywhere. But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros. Even like this, I had a very lucky first set.

Will be a big challenge. Is a match that we know each other very well. I know he’s playing well. I know that I will have to play at my highest level to keep having chances of success. I am focused on try to make that happen.

I think last three sets I improved. I increased my level. Was a step forward for me in the dynamic of the tournament. So I did it. I hope to continue that way.

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Here’s why Rafael Nadal likes and admires Serena Williams

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his fourth round victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you think you it was more difficult against Khachanov or today? What was the difference?

RAFAEL NADAL: It was difficult the other day. Today was an advantage on the score all the time. The other day was against all the time, you know. Set and break down. But was a difficult match, of course. Yeah, I lost the third set I think playing a good tiebreak. He played better.

The beginning of the third was the only thing, because I had Love-40 and probably was that moment that I needed to push a little bit more and close the match, because with that, yeah, I missed a forehand down the line in that Love-40, but was a bad decision that forehand, no? That was the moment to put all my senses to that point. Because with two sets to Love, 2-0 serving, big chance of 3-0 probably.

The match was almost close and then the match became more difficult.

Q. On big stages like this where you have had success in the past, what is more important to you when it comes to dealing with the pressure?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, just play well, you know. At the end of the day it’s not about pressure, not about this kind of stuff.

I have been in that position a lot of times in my career. Is always about playing well. If I play well, other things I can manage it well.

I am in the second week already. That’s a positive thing. Well, I arrived in the quarterfinals in all Grand Slams. I didn’t make it since 2011 that, so that is a positive thing.  Continue reading “Here’s why Rafael Nadal likes and admires Serena Williams”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s Third Round Win Press Conference | 2018 US Open

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his third round victory over Karen Khachanov.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. This was a difficult and grueling match. What resolve you put into it both physically and mentally to bring you to this achievement.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, have been tough one. I went through some very difficult situations. But, yes, he played well. He’s improving always. He’s young. He has everything. He’s a great player. I really see him winning a lot of matches in his tennis career, no? He has a lot of good things. He has a great future to come.

Yeah, for me personally, of course, it was a physical, demanding match. It was a mentally demanding match. That’s why we practice every day, to play these kind of matches in a great atmosphere in front of an amazing crowd.

Yeah, very happy to be through. Very happy to have the chance to play again.

Q. How is your body feeling right now, especially your knee?
RAFAEL NADAL: Just something that I felt, but I try always during the tournaments don’t speak much about these kind of things. When the tournament is over is better and easier to talk.

But my personal feeling is I going to be at my 100% for the next one.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s Third Round Win Press Conference | 2018 US Open”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal surprised by bizzare time violation call in win over Vasek Pospisil

Rafael Nadal was surprised by the chair umpire’s decision to give him a time violation when he was waiting for Vasek Pospisil to be ready.

Rogers Cup 2018: Post-final presser transcript

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Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after he won 80th ATP World Tour title in Toronto.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. First of all, Rafa, welcome back to Toronto. Great to have you again. Four night matches in a row. You got off the court last night after midnight. 4:00 p.m. match today. What was your recovery process and how did you turn it around so quickly?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, no recovery process, no? Was another match yesterday, and the only thing that I slept less hours than normally. But nothing new, no?

And, no, have been very positive first set for me today. I think I played well. Probably the best first set or best set on the whole event for me.

And then in the second, the match became a little bit more maybe boring. You know, we were not winning a lot of points on the opponent’s serve. And then arrived the moment that I had to close the match, and I played a horrible game, no?

So, yeah, after that, he started to play better. I got a little bit tight and nervous, and then he had a set point in that second set.

So, yeah, very happy to have this trophy with me again. It means a lot. Have been, yeah, a fantastic week, very positive one.

Q. You mentioned how you were cruising along through the first set into the second set. It was 5-3, I think, and your opponent was serving 30-15, and then a fan called out and interrupted his serve. He went to the umpire and looked for a let. You kindly, graciously I believe, said take a first serve?

Q. Yes, which is incredible. At that point, momentum started to shift. In what way did this interruption shun affect your level of play?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, that didn’t — yeah, no. I don’t know. That’s what I felt at that moment. Maybe I was too nice in that moment (smiling).  Continue reading “Rogers Cup 2018: Post-final presser transcript”