Today’s entries are up on the Times Online site.
Not too many questions about my match today and probably it is better like this. I didn’t play great, didn’t feel that comfortable on the court as I should have but in the end what counts is that I managed to win. I have to say that also last year I had a bad start. Clearly it is not only because of my but also because the way my opponent, Marcos [Daniel] today, played. As I say, I have had slow starts also in previous years and I am fine with it. Sure I need to improve and get better.
Was he expecting questions about the match? Hasn’t he, in the past, not really wanted to answer/talk about the matches much because he figured that was all covered by the press? I’m so confused. But I will improve and get better!
Some people ask why did I arrive so early to Roland Garros. Well, I arrived already on Wednesday night so that I could get a good practice on Thursday where I played an exhibition match here in Paris. I like to come early to tournaments. There are not that many tournaments where I arrive late, OK… I arrived on Monday to Queen’s in the last 3 years… but I have a good excuse there… When I come to back to back tournaments and I managed to get to the finals I obviously arrive a bit late but if not I arrive early to get used to the conditions where I will be playing. Specially at Grand Slams I like to arrive very early.
Makes perfect sense to me. I can imagine wanting to have time to play on the courts and see how they are playing and knowing what needs to be adjusted game wise. I hope he has another excuse for arriving late to Queens.
What prompted you to decide to play in pink today?
RN: I knew these colours since the moment some months ago Nike showed us the proposed clothing. I like pink, and I specially like this outfit very much. The whole combination I find it really nice. We wear a lot of pink in Spain and I think it is a nice colour. If you look at my website it is also pink for this tournament.
Embrace the pink!
How would you cope with losing a match 6-0, 6-0, as a British girl did on Centre Court, the match before yours, today?
RN: It is tough to lose 6-0, 6-0, and probably to play Centre Court is tougher for some players. The important thing is to always learn.
If the court still feels big to him after all these years, imagine how it feels to a low ranking player who’s never/rarely been on a main court before.
What was the toughest part of today’s match for you?
RN: It is always different the first round. I always had some kind of troubles. The most difficult part is to try to find the rhythm, my game.
And, like he said, last year’s first round was no different. So, let’s chill, okay?
Who do you think are your biggest rivals for this year’s title?
RN: I am really only thinking on my next round on Wednesday. I don’t look ahead. So my next rival is my biggest. If you mean the ones that have been playing good and those who should arrive to the finals clearly those are Federer, Djokovic and Murray. But along the way there are many other good players
One step at a time.
What would it mean to win a record five titles in a row?
RN: It would mean a lot but simply because it is winning another titleit doesn’t really matter if it is 5 or 6 or 4. But in any case I am only thinking on my next match on Wednesday, that’s all.
See? One at a time. Seriously.
Why do you bite your trophies after you win a tournament?
Jake, New York, age 9
RN: It is something I started doing with my first tournament and I kept doing it.
First tournament or first Masters? Hasn’t he said that his first trophy bite was Monte Carlo?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who was it from?
Julie Westbrook-Finch, England
RN: To stay always the same, it was my father who told me that.
And it helps to stay the same when one is always asked the same questions over and over again.
What made you finally decide to get your hair cut short? Good Luck.
Michelle McCarthy, New Fairfield, CT
RN: I don’t know. I just did it. I suppose I am not 18 anymore…
Just do it.
It’s great to see you blogging again. Are you on Facebook?
Jase Ng, Singapore
RN: No, I am not.
I think there’s at least one Facebook poser and a Twitter poser as well.
How do you decide which fingers to tape for practices and matches?
RN: I tape the ones that need protection to avoid and cover blisters.
What is your favourite kind of chocolate?
RN: With milk.
Do you wash and iron your own clothes?
RN: No, not really. I would lie if I say I do. At tournaments we have a laundry service and they do it.
Just at the Olympics…
Do you think you’ll ever try playing with a one-handed backhand?
Anjali, Mumbai, India
RN: No, never. I always played two handed and that’s how I know to play
What? The slice doesn’t count?