Post double-header presser transcript

(Photo by STEPHANE DANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by STEPHANE DANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Transcript is up on the Monte-Carlo site. (Try and hide the link in comments – see if I care.)

Q. A tough day. Can you talk about both the matches from your perspective.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, tough day but two good wins without lose a set. That is good news. Best news I am in semifinals. So very happy for that.

Q. How do you turn around when you have to play twice in a day? Is it tough to concentrate? Are you physically tired?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think I play less than three hours, so that’s always important. No, mentally nothing. Just go on court, try to play my best. Important thing I didn’t have a very long match the first one, so I was totally hundred percent to play the second. That’s important, yeah. If I had to play three hours the first match, gonna be tougher the second.

He’s certainly had longer days on the court, that’s for sure.

Q. Does it help your rhythm for the second match that you have already played one match in the day?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, the first match I started bad, but I finish the match better than I start. And the second match, maybe even had a lot of mistakes. So, yeah, I was there without do too much. But the feeling was better.

Is important thing, I finished the day better than I start.

Indeed.

Q. Do you feel like your feelings on clay are back yet, on this surface?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know, no? My feeling is I didn’t play my level on clay yet. I didn’t play my best level on clay yet. So I have to improve if I want to have chances to win the tournament. I am sure on that, no.

I would agree. He hasn’t been playing awful by any means, but he still has a few gears he can shift into.

Q. Tomorrow if you have to play against Murray, you played him on clay last year in Hamburg. The way he improved his game, do you think he could be more dangerous than he was in Hamburg last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every player is dangerous. We are talking about the No. 4, with chances to be third because he don’t have to defend a lot in the next weeks. So, yeah, always is a really tough match. The first thing, no, you can’t be in semifinals of one big tournament like Monte Carlo and have an easy match. That’s impossible.

Impossible!

2 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    Ha ha, I think Rafa has so many gears on clay that he never gets to Top Gear until the French Open, thats why last year he kept having tough wins over Federer and Djokovic and when they got to the French Open he totally decimated them.

    Yeah, cause he is just that damn good. I don’t like Murray’s chances tomorrow, especially if its windy :P

  2. kefuoe says:

    I don’t know if I’ve seen Murray moving all that well on clay yet. I think he’s having trouble dealing with his speed, actually. On a hard court, you can hear how he stops when running down a ball his last three steps are always– STOMP STOMP STOMP. I think he needs to harness his speed a bit better on clay.