Rafael Nadal: “After 10 years, finally my girlfriend gets a wildcard to come here” [VIDEO]

After his win over Gael Monfils, Rafael Nadal was asked about his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello accompanying him to the tournament in Melbourne for the first time in their 10-year relationship.

Jim Courier: This is also the first time that you’ve brought your girlfriend Xisca down to Australia if I’m not mistaken. Is that right? How has that been for you to have her with you here? Have you guys been having some fun here in Australia as well?

Rafael Nadal: Yes it was great. The negative thing is that I lost in the quarter-finals in Brisbane, but the good thing is that I had the chance to visit Sydney and I hadn’t been there before. I was [sic] knowing a little bit of Sydney and we enjoyed it. And now finally after 10 years my girlfriend gets a wildcard to come here.

Jim: A wildcard? I’m speechless. That’s a wildcard? She’s not a main draw player? She needs a special entry?

Rafa: You know, it’s better we stop here.

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VIDEO: An interview with Rafael Nadal – Australian Open R3

Rafael Nadal reacts after his third round victory over Alexander Zverev in Melbourne.

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Rafael Nadal says he doesn’t need a mental coach

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Zverev match.

Q. How do you feel after this victory in five sets?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, happy. Is obviously that is an important result for me. I lost the last couple of ones, matches in the fifth. So is important for me to win a match like this, losing two sets to one… Very happy.

Q. How confident were you as the game went on? Did you think your experience would come into play against the younger player?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know, I say the other day, no? Is a tough match. Is a player that has an amazing potential. He is able to produce great shots. He’s already one of the best players of the world.

He can be even better. He can be fighting for the most important things. So I think he will do it. Continue reading “Rafael Nadal says he doesn’t need a mental coach”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal cracks jokes in on-court interview after Australian Open R3 match

Rafael Nadal cracks jokes in on-court interview after his five set victory against Alexander Zverev in the third round of the Australian Open.

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‘I love you too!’ – Rafael Nadal responds to fan during interview [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal’s interview with Jim Courier after the match.

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Rafael Nadal: I’m going to fight to be better than No.9 in the world

Q. Why did you check your watch just then?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was checking how late I am (smiling).

Q. Are you always late?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. In Mallorca, the time is, you know… In Mallorca, there is a thing, when we are going, we say, I am coming. Time is tough to be 100% on time in an island. But we work a lot (smiling).

Q. You didn’t have many problems today. You won all your serve games, which is a good sign for you. It’s a good sign for your form, isn’t it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is always the same, no? When I win my serve, there is two things. Obviously, you need to serve well. Most important thing, I not a player who win the serves because I serve aces or free points, no.

When I winning a lot of serves is because I am playing well from the baseline. That’s why.

Q. How did it feel, in general, to be back out there playing?
RAFAEL NADAL: Great. I think I played solid match, no? It was great to be back on the big stadium. I feel the support of the people, love the people. That is something that is very special for me. Just happy to see the court like this and the people supporting me. So just can say thanks.

I am happy the way I am playing. I had good weeks of practice. Never easy the first round. Is always little bit more nerves at the beginning. I didn’t play against an easy opponent. The way that he plays is not a conventional game. You know, he change a lot of the rhythm of the point, you know, changing with a slice, then he hit a winner. Then he play little bit slower ball. Is not easy to read his game, no?

So just am happy the way that I played. I played good all the key points. That’s very important for me.

Q. Straight sets, center court. Would you say it’s the best possible start for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. I am in the next round without losing a set, so… I don’t know if is the perfect start or not. I don’t think about that. I am just think that I played a solid match, straight-set win. I hit a lot of winners. That’s a positive thing for me.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: I’m going to fight to be better than No.9 in the world”

VIDEO: Rafa’s pre-tournament press conference ahead of the 2017 Australian Open

Here’s what Rafael Nadal had to say ahead of the 2017 Australian Open!