Quarterfinal presser transcript

(Photo by REUTERS/Michael Fiala)

(Photo by REUTERS/Michael Fiala)

The post match presser transcript is up at the ASAP Sports site. A few bits:

Q. You win 6-2, 6-4, and then you go back out and practice hard. Are you not happy with your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not practice hard. (Laughter).

No, yeah, I happy about the beginning, the first set and 2-0, Love-40. But later I stop a little bit.

No, I just went to serve a little bit, practice a little bit more the serve, because I served well in the beginning, but later I had some mistakes and a little bit more the backhand. I wanted to play a little bit longer the backhand. But that’s it.

Always working to improve, no?

Q. Do you feel your level today was better than it was against Nalbandian?

RAFAEL NADAL: The beginning, sure, yeah. I played bad against David. But the beginning of the match and — I have lucky in that match, sure. I’m more happy. I go on court with more clear ideas.

And boy, you could tell!

Q. You look like you lowered your toss to further out in front and your serve looks a lot better. Have you improved it a lot?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that’s what I don’t want.

Q. You don’t want it?

RAFAEL NADAL: I want it to be more inside. That’s why I was practicing a little bit more.

No, in the beginning, yeah, I was putting the ball okay, but in the second set I start to put the ball lower and lower.
Yeah, I think a little bit more higher is better for my serve, I think for everyone.

I’m not touching the “inside” comment.

Q. When you go in to play Andy, you’ve won four out of the six that you’ve played against him. Do the past matches mean anything when you play him this time?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it’s important to have matches against one player like Andy, because, well, he can surprise you. You go on court, and you know he’s serving big power and he gonna have big forehands. He go aggressive to the net. It’s good to know these things, no?

But in the end, every match is completely different. The matches start from 50% for everybody tomorrow.

Ah, see? That’s what we are nattering about in the comments over here.

Q. I’m surprised to see you eating cookies. Are they chocolate chip cookies?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

Q. I was wondering if you have things like that quite a bit? I always think athletes have a very regimented diet and don’t indulge.

RAFAEL NADAL: Not me. (Laughter.)
My opinion, you can eat everything. Well, before the match maybe don’t have five cookies or one stick, but my opinion, you can eat everything in the right time and with — well, if I eat right now, twenty cookies, maybe I gonna have indigestion tonight.

If I eat two, three cookies, maybe it’s okay. Maybe not for the stomach, no, but for the head it’s better. (Laughter.) In the end, the important thing is be mentally okay.

Q. Better mental preparation?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

If cookies count as mental preparation, I’m in much better mental shape than I thought!