Preparations, progress and parfums

(Photo by GREG WOOD/ AFP/ Getty Images)

(Photo by GREG WOOD/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Guess Rafa had a lot of time to answer questions during massages today. Here’s another set from the Times Online.

What do you do to prepare yourself mentally for big matches, like finals? Basem Salfiti, London

RN: I know that the matches are different and I try to do the same things. It is difficult but I do the normal things. For example today I did more or less the same thing as any other day apart from trying to recuperate more physically.

How will you feel playing Roger in another final, and will what happened at Wimbledon make any difference to how you feel? Sam, Yorkshire

RN: Roger is the best player ever and I know it is going to be almost mission impossible. But I will try as always my best and we’ll see. I am sure the Wimbledon final will have nothing to do with tomorrow’s final. Everything is different.

How do you evaluate your progress from one year to the next? Emma

RN: I feel I am playing good and that I have improved a few things. But not that much of a change. I do feel comfortable.

Could you tell me that what kind of aftershave/fragrance you usually use? Zsuzsi

RN: I use Lanvin parfums

You have been at Roland Garros for your birthday for a number of years now, how would you celebrate if you were at home? Christie

RN: You are right. I wouldn’t know what to do :-). I suppose I would do the same thing as I use to. Go out with my friends after something at home with my family.

When you were children, did you ever let your sister win anything? Elise

RN: She is much younger than me.

Ha! Classic non-answer.

Do you read books while you’re on tour? If so, what was the last book that you read? A fan

RN: I don’t read that much. I read during Wimbledon more than here.

Do you like Chinese food? A Rafa fan from Hong Kong.

RN: I prefer Japanese to be honest. Chinese I don’t know that well.

How much do you talk to your opponent before and after a match? Or do you prefer to stay focused on your game? Katharine

RN: I try to stay focus on my game, that’s for sure, but I am not going to not talk to my opponent for that reason. But both will simply focus on our things.