R16 presser transcript

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

As I suspected, they did take most of the best quotes for that ATP article. But the full transcript does have a bit more in it.

Q. Is it safe to say during the change in the second set when the crowd was cheering for you, kind of bounced out, and was that kind of a turning point in your mind?

RAFAEL NADAL: It was important, no? The crowd support is always really important. I just can say thanks to the crowd.

But they still there and supporting me, so thank you very much. It’s nice to have the good crowd with you, and today was really important.

That was great moment – I think I mentioned it during the match report. During the change-over, the crowd started chanting. Rafa could definitely hear it and was paying attention. When he got up, did that “umph!” thing with his head (often accompanied by a fist pump) and ran out onto the court.

Q. What about coming back for the next match? And is this a little bit like Australia with Verdasco and then going into the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: Probably I going to be better physically. I didn’t play five hours. How long was the match?

Q. 2:48.

RAFAEL NADAL: It’s okay.

So, for the record: 2:48 is okay.

Q. Look ahead to play the next match.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that was a big save today, so I hope to play more aggressive next match and this match today give me confidence hopefully for next match, no?

Well, I have to play if I want to win. If not, going to be almost impossible.

Q. Do you think that the two matches that you played yesterday, the doubles and the singles, had anything to do with this?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am more tired than usual? No, completely not. I played very late today. I sleep more than eight hours. I didn’t do nothing during all the day. No.

He didn’t say “than usually” – ah, that English is getting almost perfect. ;)

2 Responses

  1. tiemyshoe says:

    Love this presser, so candid. On VB part of a Spanish interview was also posted, and it’s even more special, I think.

    Google translation:
    Nadal admitted that he played against Nalbandian conditioned by previous defeats
    Thu Mar 19, 12:26 PM

    “When you go down 6-3 and 5-3, if you’re not lucky, you can not overcome. Luck is always a factor, but we must fight, if not, no luck is possible,” thought the young player , who explained that in situations such as that sought to limit not think about anything.

    “You can not do it because the game was lost enough to think about something else other than winning the next point, then went to see what happens, always waiting for inspiration to come and get something extra,” said Nadal, who will face in the quarter-finals the Argentine Del Potro.

    ….

    Anyway, he has a lot of wisdom than comes through with his English, I think, especially about how luck and will go together.

  2. miri says:

    Making his own luck, that’s what he did. Thanks for that, tiemyshoe.

    And someone has posted the bit where Rafa seems to react to the fans cheering him. I love the little “umph!” thing he does before getting up and running on to the court. Video