The official RG site has a video and transcript of the presser up.
Q. This question is not about the game. It’s about your dress. You are in pink today. Why you are in pink today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. Yeah, same like always, why I was white and yellow two weeks ago. Because it’s better than dress the same color every week, no?
Why is he in pink? What kind of question is that? When will people get over the idea that certain colors are for certain genders? It’s just…stupid.
Q. The start of the game was a bit difficult today. Any reason?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, always tough, you know, beginninghere. Roland Garros always isdifficult. Yeah. I say, no, I expect a tough match, and it’snormal, now. And when I start, normallyI didn’t start to play my best here the last four years. But the important thing is be with positive mentality and try to win, no? And I win. I won in three sets. That’s important.
I played in some moments in the third a little bit better, so just try to keep improving to play better in this match.
His play did step up in the third set and the unforced errors drop. If he was trying to establish a trend, I approve.
Q. Yesterdayyou were telling us you’re a bit nervous, anxious. Was it the way you felt today when you walked on the court?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, not really. Maybe at the beginning to start with. The court is big, and at the beginning, I didn’t quite get the best feelings, but I won in three sets. That’s very positive. I should have won more easily, but at 5‑4,when I had to serve, then I had to serve again ‑‑ sometimes I missed some opportunities to win the set earlier, but it was a difficult match.
I had practiced well before, but I know that I can improve, and I hope I’m going to continue improving for my next match.
The court is big? It’s not like that’s something new, is it?
Q. My question is not about your game but about Fabrice Santoro. He’s playing his 20th tournament here. What do you think about him, about his career on the tour?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he is a legend on the tour. He plays with his very own personal style. Two hands. He was a very charismatic player on the tour,and he’s a model for all of us. 20years, long career. That’s fantastic. We all wish we can play for 20 years.
So he had a beautiful career, and he really deserves a tribute.
Q. What can you tell us about the way Marcos Daniel plays after your game?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don’t know. His backhand is better than his forehand, but I think I made it a bit easy for him. That’s my opinion.
Q. How fit are you as compared to the previous years?
RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, comparing again. Well, physically, I feel ‑‑ well, I don’t want to compare with last year, because I can’t remember. That was a year ago, you know.
But I feel good, and last year, I played a match ‑‑ well, I didn’t play well, really, and little by little I felt better. This year ‑‑ well, it’s not a very good start. I’m not going to say it’s positive. I would have preferred to start with a very positive start, but I hope this tournament is going to be long enough for me to give me time to adapt and to improve and get good feelings all along the tournament.
“Oh, comparing again.” – love it.
Q. About the fact you didn’t play that well, are there any compartments inthe game where you felt you were not at your best?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, my leg game was not that good. I didn’t play well with my legs. But, you know, in sports it’s ‑‑ in a tenth of a second you have to catch the ball and everything can change in a game. You need to be present there, on time. If you play well, you have the feeling you’ll be on top of the next ball, but today I was a bit short in my shots. I was not very precise. It wasn’t neat and clear during this match,so this is what I need to improve.
I need to play more ‑‑ I need my shots to be longer, and I do need to improve on that.
There were a few times when I thought Rafa’s footwork seemed off and he seemed to hesitate going to shots. It was…odd. His footwork is usually impeccable.
Q. You played at the hottest hour of the day. Now, for the upcoming matches, what would you prefer? Would you prefer to play at a different hour because of the heat? Is it affecting you?
RAFAELNADAL: No, I have no problem with that. I can play at any hour, and this is perfectly bearable temperature.
Any time, any place, he’s ready to go. (Just no high altitude, please.)