VIDEO: Rafael Nadal semi-final press conference | Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 defeat against Novak Djokovic.

Q. You’ve played so many brilliant matches against Novak. Where does that rank?
RAFAEL NADAL: Being honest, I didn’t have the chance to analyze where rank. I don’t remember all the matches.

Have been a great match. I think a fantastic level of tennis for both of us. I think I was not a spectator, but I think was a great show for the fans.

Of course, not happy with the final result. Of course, happy about being part of this match that have been a great one.

Q. When you play him, what is the biggest challenge and what is the level of respect that you have for him?
RAFAEL NADAL: Biggest challenge is I am playing against one of the best players of the history. Probably for him is something similar.

And the respect? The respect is very high because is an opponent that we played a lot of times. We played in the greatest stadiums, greatest moments for both of us. We shared on court a lot of big moments for both of us, no?

Is a great rival. Today was another battle that stays there for the — I don’t know. Stays there.

Q. You had five breakpoints. In the first four, in my opinion, you couldn’t do much. The fifth was when you went to the net maybe with a little impatience. Is that maybe the key point, the one point that could have gone another way?
RAFAEL NADAL: Of course, if I have the break, I win the next game, I am here with the victory. That’s 100% like this.

But ‘impatient’? I came back from a defensive position. I hit a great backhand across. I decided to go inside. Worked very well a lot of times hitting backhands and go to the net.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal semi-final press conference | Wimbledon 2018”

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal quarter-final press conference | Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his win over Juan Martin del Potro.

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Third Round Press Conference | Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his win over Alex De Minaur.

Q. It was your first match against Alex. How do you think you performed today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. I think he’s very energetic player, very quick. I think he likes to play in this surface. His style of game probably works well for this surface in the future.

Q. It means you’re guaranteed to be No. 1 still when the new rankings come out on Monday afterwards. What will that mean to you? Will it mean nothing if you’re not Wimbledon champion again?
RAFAEL NADAL: Of course, I prefer to be No. 1 than No. 2, no doubt about this. I really don’t came here to hold No. 1. I just came here to try to do the best tournament possible.

Of course, is very positive to be already in the second week, winning three matches. That’s it. Just happy the way that I played during the first week. Three matches, every match have been more and more positive. I am playing well. Good start. Second match I played so well. Today, again, I played a good match.

Very happy for that and looking forward to keep playing well.

Q. Alex is a young, up-and-coming player. Can you remember what your mindset and emotions were like when you were a teenager facing the big players on the biggest courts in the game?
RAFAEL NADAL: How old is him?  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Third Round Press Conference | Wimbledon 2018”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Second Round Press Conference | Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his win over Mikhail Kukushin in London.

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal First Round Press Conference | Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his win over Dudi Sela.

Q. How did you experience this first round?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. Good start, of course. Good result. Yeah, of course I did things very well, and other things that I have room to improve. But you are not at all times happy, of course? It’s a good start for me, that’s it.

Q. Is that a stat sheet you have in your hand?
RAFAEL NADAL: A what?

Q. The sheet you have.
RAFAEL NADAL: They just give me now here.

Q. Is there anything that stands out for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: The only time that I had the statistics is just way of the door until here. I really am not that quick (smiling).

Q. What areas did you feel you performed well on today? How good did you feel out there?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good, I think. I did a lot of games good with my serve, and other ones that I suffered a little bit. I played bad game with my serve, of course, first game of the third.

But I happy more or less with the forehand. I went to the net quite often. Yes, of course I can improve on the return side. I think the return was the worst thing that I did this afternoon.

That’s it, no? There is not many strokes to talk.

Q. Wimbledon has said they’re going to probably introduce the 25-second shot clock, like the US Open are doing this year. Do you think that’s unnecessary? Does it worry you at all?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have 32. I don’t know for how long I going to play. Hopefully for a long time. But is something that is not bothering me.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal First Round Press Conference | Wimbledon 2018”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s pre-tournament press conference – Wimbledon 2018

World No. 1 and two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal chats to the media ahead of his opener at the All England Club.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In the 10 years since you beat Roger here, how are you the same and how are you different today than you were then?
RAFAEL NADAL: Older, more kilometers under my legs (smiling).

In general terms, important things in life didn’t change much. That’s the real thing. And in terms of tennis player, of course I had to adapt a little bit my game during that period of time. The (indiscernible) is probably very similar.

Q. What was the biggest adaptation? What has been the biggest thing you’ve had to adapt?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think my position on court. I don’t say in grass, because grass is surface we play — for me personally I play only one or two tournaments per year. In the rest of the surfaces, of course the position on court changed a little bit.

But, yeah, the way that I read tennis is probably a little bit different today than 10 years ago.

Q. Second year in a row that you pulled out of Queen’s. You don’t have a warmup tournament coming into Wimbledon. How are you feeling about your preparations for this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I’m feeling good. Of course, I decided to be here in Wimbledon again. Is a very special event, of course. I always loved to be around here. Has been always a special thing.

Yeah, it was not positive for me, of course, to not play Queen’s. I was sad to don’t have the chance to be there. In the other hand, I didn’t go there because I played a lot on clay. So I was very happy.

But that’s how it works. I am not 20 any more. I had to take decisions on the schedule sometimes. I decided to don’t play Queen’s because after a long clay court season, the body needed a rest, needed a slow adaptation to adapt to the grass. That’s what I did.

Q. Speaking of schedules, some players have been announced this week for the Laver Cup. What is your position with Laver Cup this year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Difficult for me to say. Being honest, I loved the competition. I had a lot of fun. Is a great event. I really enjoyed and played with a lot of passion.

But this year I have the semifinals of Davis Cup the week before. Difficult for me to say now if I am or I am not. I am just focused and try to do my thing. Remain months, then I will see. Still a long way for me to think about it.

I don’t know how the things going to go in terms of matches, in terms of result. I have an important tie in the semifinals in France the week before.

Of course, yeah, is not ideal. I will not say no today because remain a lot.

Q. I watched last week, you played a little bit to practice on grass in Mallorca in the mornings. Does it help now that Mallorca has such good grass courts?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think it’s good that in Mallorca we have a professional event. Good for our island. Of course, personally I benefit from that, that I have the chance to practice there that week.

But the most important thing is I don’t see like a personal thing. I see like having a tournament in our island is a great promotion for our island. I am very happy for this. Well done to the organization. I think there is more and more people coming to the event. That is a good thing.

Q. The 2008 final 10 years ago, could you reflect on how you felt at the time, what it meant to you at the time, then 10 years on what it means to you looking back on it today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am not thinking every day about that final. I am just focused on what I am doing today. But of course in that moment, that final have been a very important step forward for me in my career.

I always have been very clear that probably is one of the most emotional matches that I played in my career. Yeah, everybody knows that for me win here was one of my dreams. After losing two finals, that final created a big impact in my tennis career. The personal satisfaction that tournament give to me is difficult to compare with other things.

But, yes, have been great. Today I see that like a long time ago. But the good thing is I still here. I am happy for that.

Q. When you made the quarterfinals here, you’ve gone on to reach the final.
RAFAEL NADAL: I am just glad to be there.

Q. Would you say that has to do with the conditions, the footing of the courts being more and more? Do you prefer it playing in those conditions?
RAFAEL NADAL: It’s obvious that the movements are a little bit easier later because there is not that much grass behind. For me one of the most difficult things here is, of course, the speed of the court, the way that you have to play is different. But the movements are different, no? Later on the tournament, it’s true that the movements are a little bit easier because there is a lot of clay behind the court, so you can move a little bit more free.

I don’t know. I think the grass, on Wimbledon here, this year I see the grass a little bit longer than usual. I don’t know if because there is unbelievable weather and they are trying to protect the grass like this. But that’s it, no?

I know to be there I have to play very well on the conditions at the beginning of the tournament because here there is no one easy match. All the matches are difficult. I need to be ready from the beginning. I am looking forward to have the best preparation possible the next two days that I still have and just be ready.

Q. Do you approach Wimbledon, because you don’t play too many tournaments on grass, differently than other tournaments? Do you have different expectations? Is it always the same?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, expectations are always high. I am not here to play the tournament; I am here to try to have a good results, of course.

But is true that in the other hand is one of these events that you arrive here and you really don’t have the previous feeling of how you feel, how you are playing, how you are not playing.

But is nothing new. Even when I won here, when I played finals here, I played five in a row I think. So I played, yes, one year I won on Queen’s, played five matches. The other year the maximum I played was three matches on Queen’s.

Even with three matches, you arrive here and you really don’t know very well. Is an event that you need to find your confidence during the tournament and during the practice the week before.

For example, when I arrived to Roland Garros, I know more or less if I am playing well or if I am not playing well. I know where my chances are, more or less. In the US Open, little bit less, but still knowing better than here.

Q. You said you think more about scheduling now that you’re older. You’ve had injuries for a long time, since you were younger. At what point in your career did it become more important to you, scheduling, being smart about where you play and where you don’t play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing new for me. I am doing this since a while. You can check my schedules during the last years. I got injured, is true, but not because I’m doing crazy things. I’m not changing surfaces like this (snapping fingers). I am not playing 23, 24 events per year.

That’s the real thing. I am taking care of my body. You cannot predict injuries. Of course, I don’t know if it’s unlucky or not, but I got injured more than the others, especially my rivals. That’s it.

Just accept and keep going, try to do the things the better way possible to be less times injured. But is something that you cannot control. It’s just part of my tennis career, too.

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Here’s what Rafael Nadal said after his Wimbledon debut in 2003

On June 23, 2003 Rafael Nadal made his Wimbledon debut with a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Mario Ancic. Here’s what our champ had to say after his debut.

Q. Fine performance, great match, but was there a risk of it slipping away in the fourth set?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: A little bit, like in the third set, maybe when, you know, I wasn’t missing that much, I was playing too defensive. In the fourth set, a little bit. Yeah, I mean, it was my first main draw match in a Grand Slam, so I was a little bit nervous, just a little bit afraid. But, you know, that happened in the third set. In the fourth set, then I was fine. But I played my best tennis in the first two sets.

Q. How do you like playing at Wimbledon? How do you like the grass?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: Yeah, last year I already played in the Juniors, and I played quite well. This year it was a pity that I couldn’t play the lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon. But I think I like to play on grass. Maybe I will not play very well on grass, but I like to play on grass, and it’s going my way.

Q. Is it true that you’re related to the footballer Nadal?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: Yes, that’s my uncle.

Q. How long have you been practicing on grass before the tournament, due to your elbow injury?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: Yeah, from Friday night, like one hour, and then Saturday and Sunday, here.

Q. When did you recover completely from your elbow injury?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: Playing at my top level, like since last Monday.

Q. I think your next match could be against a British guy, which means you could be on Centre Court. How would you feel about that?

RAFAEL NADAL-PARERA: I wish. I’m looking forward to playing on Centre Court. I would like that.

Q. How does being related to your uncle help you in situations, pressure situations?  Continue reading “Here’s what Rafael Nadal said after his Wimbledon debut in 2003”