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?
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. ;)