Post final presser transcript

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Q. How difficult was it? Maybe it wasn’t difficult at all. I don’t know.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, always it’s tough, no? The conditions today was really difficult. But, you know, I think I have good strategy and I played a really good match with those conditions, no?
Probably Andy didn’t play his best because of the conditions, but I think I played a really complete match, moving very well. I never stop the legs during all the match, and I think that was the key all today, no?

Secret to tennis success: restless leg syndrome.

Q. Did you get the sense that he let the conditions dictate to him and you did not let the conditions dictate to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, maybe. I don’t know if I was a little bit more prepared than him today to play with these conditions. Maybe I think I accept a little bit better than him that conditions today.

And, bottom line, I think that is 100% true. Andy appeared to be fighting the conditions. Rafa did his usual, “this sucks. Oh well, nothing I can do about it – move along.” And that? Is why he’s mentally stronger than just about another other player on the tour. (I say “just about” because I haven’t seen every last one of them. Heh.)

Q. Were these the toughest conditions you’ve played in, or has there been somewhere that’s been worse?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I played at Wimbledon 2006 or 2007, I don’t know, because 2007, I think. Yeah, 2007. Quarterfinals against Berdych. Unbelievable wind. Amazing.

Q. Centre Court?

RAFAEL NADAL: Centre Court, yeah, amazing. In Benidorm two weeks ago, amazing, too. We practiced one day and well, worse than today. Yeah, I had some matches with the wind, no?

They practiced in that wind? Oye.

Q. You said you felt you had good strategy today to deal with the conditions, what was the strategy to deal with the conditions?

RAFAEL NADAL: I explain a little bit more later, no? The good strategy I think because I was playing inside the court. I go to the net sometimes, and, well, I never stop the legs. So that’s the strategy, no? Try to move all the time.

When there is a lot of wind, I think the important thing is you don’t to have find the shots close to the line. I think that the thing is you have to put balls inside, trying to play hard with good rhythm, but in the middle. Not in the middle, but to the sides, not close to the lines, no?

Inside. Hard. Good rhythm. IWho knew tennis was so naughty?

Q. Do you feel that the Nalbandian match helped you find a new momentum?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. No. (Laughter.)

No, no, I don’t think so, no.

Heh.

Q. I know you’ve answered this before, but why would you think winning the Grand Slam would be almost impossible, given that you’ve won Roland Garros four times and Wimbledon, the Australian on hard courts. You’ve won this twice. Is it because the year is so long, or are you just being modest that you think it’s impossible for anybody?

RAFAEL NADAL: I gonna answer another time the same, no?

You go, Rafa!

Q. Anything in your game that you think you’re really improving?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I have more options to do. I can do more things than before. I can change the rhythm with one slice backhand like today.

I am serving okay. In some moments against Nalbandian in the match points, I served very well.
Yeah, when I am playing good, I can play more inside than before, no? I think that before, to win every match, I had to run much more than right now, no? Right now I have more times the control of the point than before.

And in the final, it seemed like he was the one running Andy more than the other way around.

Q. You seem to play every point as if it were an adventure, like something new and fun.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t think so. (Laughter.)
No, no, no. I think I’m a serious player.

Very serious.

Q. I didn’t mean you’re not serious.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think my game is serious, like one time I go to the net. I think I play really similar points.

I try to have the control of the point with the forehand. That’s the normal point on me. Serve, I have the control of the point on the forehand. Not one time go to the net, and another time, dropshot.

It’s not like an adventure. That’s my feeling. I don’t know what you’re saying.

He totally doesn’t get that while he’s serious about it (damn serious), his love of competition shows through.

Q. You seem to be playing very well right now. Are there any areas of your game that you need improvement, or are there any special areas that you’re looking at to improve right now?

RAFAEL NADAL: You’re asking every day to improve, and I would love to continuing to improve all my life. I’m trying to improve always.

But, you know, improve, if you watch me yesterday, what I improve from yesterday to today, I didn’t improve nothing. That’s the true.

Heee!

Q. You mentioned on the court this is one of your favorite places to come on the tour. Why is that so?

RAFAEL NADAL: It’s a really calm tournament. It’s, I think, nice place. I like to play golf. (Laughter.)

Really? I had no idea.

Q. Are your fingers blistered?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. But if I don’t put the tape, after one hour, yes.

I remember those huge blood blisters he used to get on his fingers. Owie.