THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Difficult first set but then you seemed to find your rhythm and pace and got through it pretty easily the second two. Talk about the match and where things began to turn for you.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, tough beginning of the match. Some nerves, obviously, after a week here practicing well, I think. I was practicing, I think, every day at very high level, no? Today I didn’t play at that high level, but just like this, important thing is I won, and I have one more day to keep practicing and another chance to play better the next day, no?
Yeah, the important thing is win, because is normal that you have some nerves at the beginning and you get a little bit tight at the beginning of the tournament. So important thing is be through, and that’s what I did today, no? Tough start but then I played better, of course.
Q. It was very noisy under the roof. Does it disturb you? You have to adapt your game to the noise?
RAFAEL NADAL: Being honest, is a little bit too much (smiling). You know, I don’t know how to control that or the umpire have to control that, because, yeah, at the same time is not fair only say that. The real thing is here, the energy and support of the crowd is massive. I enjoy it and I have unforgettable memories from this tournament and this court, because the energy is different from in other places.
But at the same time is true that today, under the roof, was too much (smiling). Too much noise, no? I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?
So I don’t know. I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course, but under the roof, you know, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no? Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no? With the roof open, feeling change a lot.
Q. What are some of your thoughts about the defeat in Cincinnati? Did it affect any of the things you worked on during the week in between?
RAFAEL NADAL: The losses always affect. The victories always affect, too, in a positive way. That’s part of the game.
And the player who is telling you another thing is lying to you (smiling). I not gonna be this kind of player. My approach to the tournament obviously is still positive. I have been playing well during the whole season, and I really had a very positive week of practice here. Continue reading “Rafael Nadal on Andy Murray’s US Open withdrawal: “You retire on Monday morning or Sunday afternoon, not Saturday morning””