Rafa: “I’m going to enjoy this victory and think about Paris in a few days”

Top seed Rafael Nadal survived a stunning fightback from world number three Alexander Zverev to win an eighth Italian Open.

After his success in Rome, Rafa said:

The rain break was so important, I didn’t think it would help me but it did. I was able to come back out with clear ideas, I’m very happy. To win Rome eight times is amazing, it’s hard to describe. To have the chance to win here again is so great.

As for Roland Garros, I’m going to enjoy this victory and think about Paris in a few days.

For Alexander it’s amazing to have won that many matches in a row.

This was a very difficult match played at one of the best events of the world.

To win again after my first (Rome title) in 2005 is amazing, the 2005 final was one of the best memories of my career.

Sources: AP, TennisTV


VIDEO: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev – highlights, hot shot, interview (Rome Masters Final 2018)

Rafael Nadal defeated Alexander Zverev to win a record eighth title at Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.


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Post-final interview:

Rome Masters 2018: Post semifinal interview [VIDEO]

Top seed Rafael Nadal reflects on his victory against longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals.

Rome Masters 2018: Post quarterfinal interview [VIDEO]

Top seed Rafael Nadal reacts to his quarter-final win against home favourite Fabio Fognini at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Rome Masters 2018: 3rd round post-match interview [VIDEO]

Seven-time Internazionali BNL d’Italia champion Rafael Nadal reflects on his win against Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Thursday and previews his quarter-final against home favourite Fabio Fognini.

[VIDEO] Rome: Pre-tournament interview

Rafael Nadal looks forward to continuing his clay-court season this week in Rome.

Rafael Nadal comments on loss to Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal talks to the press following his quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem in Madrid:

This is not a drama. I won 50 consecutive sets on this surface. Now I lost. I’m not gonna do a lot of things different because of this.

Of course, I’m upset. I tried to come back. I tried to do it a couple of times, but I wasn’t good enough today. He was better than me today, that’s the end of the story. Some days you don’t play as well as you’d like to play. Also, when that happens, it’s because your opponent is doing really well. I just want to congratulate him, that’s all.

I think that today I didn’t read the ball well enough to be able to handle the situation, to put him into places where he didn’t feel comfortable. I was not good enough with my forehand or my backhand to open up to his forehand.

Three weeks ago I beat him 6-0, 6-2. I don’t know if that’s a tough player or not. I don’t think it’s that way. I think it’s just been a match that he was better than me, same as a few weeks ago I was better than him.

This week, of course, he has been the toughest opponent. There is no discussion about that. This is the reality. If he beats me three times in a row, maybe we can say he reads my game and can beat me. Today he was better than me, and that’s all.

Rafa on losing No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer:

I think from January till Monte-Carlo I played zero tournaments. These are three months or more given away. This is a lot of months given away to the other players.

Having said this, I think I placed myself in a good position more or less. I am No. 3 in the race of the year, which is the most important thing. I still have two good weeks on clay, and then I’ll keep on moving forward. This is the reality.

Talking about No. 1, of course I prefer to be No. 1 than 2, and No. 3 than 5. I have said this a million times. I lost the No. 1 before, but what makes me happy is I feel fit, can compete with possibilities every single week. This is my final goal: to be happy. That’s what I’m working on.

Sources: ATP World Tour, Metro