2018 Australian Open: Third round presser

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Damir Dzumhur.

Q. What was your day like, how did you prepare for the match, whether the match met your expectations?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, no, was a good match, of course. When you win 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round, is always a great result, no? Without playing well, is impossible to have these kind of results. So happy for that. Happy to be through, yeah, fourth round. Already is good news.

Yeah, my preparation was normal. Just wake up, gym, coming here, having some warmup in the gym, then some warmup on court, had lunch, played some Parcheesi. That’s it, that’s all.

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Q. Did you think your form was this good coming into the tournament? Did you think you were playing this well when you arrived?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know, no? I didn’t think about when I arrived how I going to be in two weeks. I am already two weeks and one day here. I just try to go day by day.  Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: Third round presser”

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2018 Australian Open: Second round presser

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Leonardo Mayer.

Q. It’s always difficult to finish a match maybe. You held your serve all the time. When you had to finish, you lost the serve, is that correct?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is totally correct.

Q. Is coincidence or more attention? He played well, you played bad?
RAFAEL NADAL: Did you see?

Q. No.
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Okay. You have to see.

Yeah, is not always the same. When you have a break in the serving for the match or serving for the set, there is always some breaks. Of course, is not a good thing.

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But in this case particularly I personally was not losing the game because I was too nervous, because I felt too much tension. He played a great game, all the returns in, very long, playing so aggressive, hitting all the balls super strong, and having success.

I was there, no? I had small chances. I hold until deuce two times. But that’s it. He really went for the game. The opponent always have the chance to play aggressive. If he’s right at that moment, then is so difficult to stop.  Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: Second round presser”

2018 Australian Open: First round presser

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Victor Estrella Burgos.

Q. How did you feel about the game tonight? Where do you see any areas in which you’d like to improve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Happy for the start, of course. Is a positive start with a good result. If I do months without playing official match is always a little bit more difficult.

But I started with positive feelings. That’s most important thing for me now. Of course, there is things to improve. But the thing that I need to improve, the matches will give me that things, no?

Victories are the most important thing now.

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Q. How is your body feeling?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. If I don’t feel myself ready, I will not be here. So I am happy to be here, happy that I’m on court again. Last year have been a long, very good but long season. So yeah, let’s start another one and try to don’t think much about what happened the year before.

Q. Your knee felt good tonight, didn’t have any problems at all?
RAFAEL NADAL: No problems. No problems.  Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: First round presser”

Rafael Nadal: “There are too many injuries on the tour”

 Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s pre-tournament presser.

Q. How are you feeling physically and mentally? How do you feel about this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. Is the first time I am here without playing official match in my career. Is new situation for me.

But I feel good. I feel that I had good week and a half of practices. Remain this afternoon and tomorrow, the last practice before the competition start for me.

I really hope to be ready. I feel myself more or less playing well. So, yeah.

Q. Between the O2 and now, what was the process like? You were in a pretty bad way at the O2.
RAFAEL NADAL: Had been a long season. Good one, but at the same time long, without playing a lot of tournaments but playing a lot of matches.

Yeah, I had to stop for a while. I started little bit later than what I expected. That’s why I was not able to start the year playing in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. We decided to start later because we needed some more practice, start slow, to be fresher, little bit more fresh mentally and physically, and do things the right way. That’s what we tried to do.

Here we are to try my best, try to see if I am able to start.

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Q. Has the intensity of your practice been as tough as you wanted it to be?
RAFAEL NADAL: The last week and a half, of course.

Q. I noticed yesterday that you seemed to be having kind of a practice match with Dominic under full match conditions, ball kids, scoreboard, umpire, and everything. Can you tell us how that came about, how that was facilitated? Was it your request?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I wanted to play couple of close competition matches. I played in Kooyong once. Yeah, the club in Kooyong is great, but at the same time the conditions of play are completely different from here. That’s my feeling.

We decided to play another match. Talking with the Australian Open, yeah, they give us the chance to play like an open practice but closer to the match for the crowd.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: “There are too many injuries on the tour””

Paris Masters: 2nd round videos

Rafael Nadal expresses his delight at clinching the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and his reaction to beat Hyeon Chung on Wednesday in Paris.

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Shanghai Masters 2017: Post final presser

Transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his loss to Roger Federer in Shanghai.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You said at the start of the week that Roger in these conditions would be a significant challenge. How do you assess tonight’s final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, of course, have been a very difficult match for me. He played very fast and he played well. I don’t know how many unforced errors he make, but I don’t remember. He played so well, I think.

Yeah, I could do maybe some things better, but that’s it. No, no, just he played too good. That’s my point of view. So congrats to him.

Q. Regardless of tonight’s result, you have been playing in this part of the season better than you have played in most of your career. Is there something that you have done to adjust the preparation? Is it just that you managed to keep yourself healthy? Is there something that you have learned to basically perform better in this part of the season this year?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I played well. That’s all, no? Beijing have been a tournament that takes time for me to play well. I never liked a lot the balls there. Was difficult to find a good rhythm. I played great in Beijing this year.

And here too. I played a fantastic tournament, having very good wins. Very pleased the way I played the whole Asian tour for me, whole China tour. Beijing, Shanghai have been a very positive two weeks for me. A lot of points, a lot of victories against great opponents. I come back with very good personal satisfaction the way that I played.  Continue reading “Shanghai Masters 2017: Post final presser”

Rafael Nadal: “Sometimes I get frustrated too”

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Marin Cilic.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How satisfying is it to get through a match like that? Can you take us through that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, good, no? Very happy. Of course I played I think a very high level of tennis. Was a great match again. I don’t know what he said, if he already talked or what he gonna say later, I don’t know, but in my opinion, he played well, too. Was a great, good quality of tennis this afternoon.

I am very satisfied with everything, no? Is true that I had that mistakes with my serve in the second. That’s the only thing. For the rest, I am happy.

Q. So compared with the former two matches against Jared and Fabio, yesterday’s Grigor and today’s Marin seemed to be tough opponents for you. How do you compare the transitions between matches?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think they are tough opponents for everybody. Not for me, no? They are very good players so is tough. If I was not playing at the level I am playing, probably I will not win against the level that they played. So very happy for that.

Having two fantastic weeks, winning in Beijing and now being in the final here in Shanghai again, winning matches against very tough opponents, that’s great news, no? Very happy for everything. Remain one more match, and I hope to be ready for it.

Q. The ITF has recently introduced some changes to the Davis Cup, not in the World Group but in the zonal competition. You have always been a proponent of changes to the Davis Cup format, because you think the current format is not good for you players. Have you had any chance of looking what the proposal is and what do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, sorry. I don’t know exactly what’s — I heard a little bit, but I don’t know the information to talk about it, no?

All the changes, if the changes are in the right direction, gonna help. Of course better later than never, no? Yeah, is true. I was speaking about that already 10 years ago, because was very easy to predict what happened the last couple of years with the Davis Cup. So I am happy they are able to find a solution to help the players to play more often.

Q. What about the opponents you could face in the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, we’ll see now. We will see what’s going on now in that semifinals. Any opponent in the final will be very, very tough.

They are playing well, playing on a surface that probably both of them likes the kind of surface here. So gonna be a tough one, no?

I need to play at my highest level. I hope to be ready to play that high level. I am playing well for already a while, so that helps. Hope to be ready for the match tomorrow.

Q. You hit your knee pretty hard with the racquet at some point through the match. Any pain or anything like that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is true. Sometimes I get frustrated too. That’s all, no?

But that’s it. Nothing to talk about that, no.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: “Sometimes I get frustrated too””