A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his 2nd round win over Jared Donaldson in Shanghai.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. Would you be able to explain the differences or how hard it is for players to win a title like you did on Sunday and come here and back it up? Is it a difficult challenge, and how do you overcome that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it is better to be here with a title than without, of course. But of course there is a couple of things that makes a little bit difficult the transition. That’s what I say the other day. Just balls different and the court always is different, no?
So the same time, yesterday was super-warm conditions, very humid. And in Beijing was not like this. But that’s something that we cannot control. But the other two things we can control, more or less. Something that we can work on.
Q. Correct me if I’m wrong, but have you started playing without your lovely Richard Mille watch on your wrist?
RAFAEL NADAL: Today in the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No.
Q. No? Oh, okay.
RAFAEL NADAL: Not today. I practiced yesterday without.
RAFAEL NADAL: I practiced yesterday, because I wanted to change that. Was in the store. (Smiling.)
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the match? Obviously very clean serving. You only lost four points on your serve. You know, maybe a few thoughts on Jared.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, was a very quick match in all aspects. I think Jared started playing very well at the beginning, serving big, and then hitting very strong from the baseline, no?
Of course I started trying to play a little bit more safe, you know, without looking for big shots. Always the first match, as I say before, is difficult and the transition is not easy. So you’re always a little bit, at the beginning, you respect the new conditions.
But of course I was happy to have that break in the 3-2 in the sixth game. Helps me that he made some double faults, two double faults. Then I played some good points, I think.
After that I think I played a great match. Not many mistakes. Playing very aggressive with the backhand/forehand. My serve worked well. I don’t know the percentage, but probably was high. And when I was serving, the second serve was a big second serve too, no?
Happy with everything. For me it was difficult to imagine a better start. But just the beginning, no? Tomorrow another tough match.
I think Jared have a positive future, in my opinion. Of course today was a difficult match, as I said, because the things went so quick from beginning, but he’s a player that improved a lot during all the years, so if he continues with that improvement, probably we will be talking about a top player.
Q. You spoke about Nick on Sunday after you played him in the final. He’s obviously had another situation here yesterday. Are you surprised that it’s kind of blown up again for him so soon after Beijing?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, not big surprise, but I really don’t want to talk much about that. I have my opinion, but at the same time, you have to talk with — I was sleeping in my room. That’s the real thing.
So I just check. I just saw, when I was checking the (indiscernible), so I don’t know what happened. But you can ask the ATP, not me, because I don’t have the whole information.
Q. You have said that you don’t like to be Roger’s boyfriend, but we saw that you interact with Roger, like, hug and joking. So I want to ask, how is your relationship with Roger privately?
RAFAEL NADAL: Privately is not very interesting (smiling). No, we have a good relationship. We always had a good relationship. Of course a lot of respect for each other since the beginning.
We have been under pressure situations during all our careers playing against each other, so I think is very good news that at this point we still have that very good relationship, no? Continue reading “Rafael Nadal Comments on Relationship with Roger Federer”