RG 2nd round presser

Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

There’s a video and transcript of the presser on the Official RG site. Excerpts:

Q. Also, in the first round, I think you broke Borg’s record for the numberof straight victories. Now I think you have 30 straight victories at the French Open. What does this record mean to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don’t care to try to have result, without thinking about this record, no? Happy for this record, but important thing is have good result, play mybest tennis and try to be there the second Sunday, no?

Anyway, today ‑‑ sure, is important and very nice to have 30 victories in a row at Roland Garros. Very happy for that, but just focus on this match, no?

La-la-la-la I’m not listening! You can repeat all the streaks and stat info at me you want, I’m must trying to get my job done.

Q. Were you surprised to play on the Susan Lenglen and not on the Philippe Chatrier?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I always play second round on Susan Lenglen.

There you have it.

Q. Were you worried, because of the rain, the match was going to stop. You would start playing again at 8:45.

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Were you worried that the rain would stop the match and that you would then go back on court at 8:45?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. I was worried ‑‑ not for that. I was worried, because always is good to have one day off during the tournament like this, because you can practice. You can prepare the next match better than if you go on court next day with 5‑2, 4‑2, no?

So I was a little bit scared on that. Sure, this is positive if I can watch the final now, too?

So stop asking me silly questions and let me go watch!

Q. I think you chatted with readers from the Spanish newspaper in El Mundo,and in that newspaper you said that you thought Djokovic right now was a bigger threat than Federer. Could you comment on that?

RAFAEL NADAL: I never say that. No, I never say that. I always say if you ask me who had the better clay season this year, was I think, my opinion, was Novak. Then the rest, no, after me. He played final in Monte‑Carlo, final in Rome, and semifinals in Madrid with very tough match against me, you know.

So when he won in Belgrade, he played really good tennis. That’s what’s my feeling. But anyway, both are really good players,and ‑‑ but they are on other side of draw. I think about my draw.

Q. Well, thank you for coming to meet us that soon after your match. So was everything organized as you wanted it to be today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, well, I asked to play earlier than that, but, you know, you can’t decide. We have to comply with what’s organized, so I had to play the fourth match. I accepted it. I’m here to play at Roland Garros and off to watch the soccer game tonight.

So yes, he asked. Let the conspiracy theories fly. (Actually, not. They raise my blood pressure.)

Q. Did you think that you would finish the game that quickly?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I thought about it, because I wanted to finish before the rain. I didn’t think about it because I wanted to watch soccer tonight. You know, I’m a professional. All I want is to win my matches. I don’t have football in mind all the time, don’t you think I have?

Heh. What would have made that better? If he’d followed it with, “So, are we done so I can go watch the football now?” :)

4 Responses

  1. kefuoe says:

    Heh! I think they wanted to torture him a little by asking a bunch of questions about leaving quickly… so that he couldn’t leave quickly!

  2. imjimmy says:

    So Rafa finally clears two rumors – a) He’s ok with NOT playing at Chatrier b) He never said Djokovic is a better player than Federer.

    Anyway, Rafa starts the interview with:

    “”I feel’ed well.. no? “””

    Ha ha..you gotta love him and his broken English :)

    GO Rafa – on for the 5 peat!

  3. johanne says:

    I KNEW he would go straight to the presser after the match, lol. I wonder if he showered on-site or just got the hell outta there! HA!

    VAMOS! Safely into the third round… :)

  4. faecoleman says:

    Yeah Rafa looks in a hurry to get the hell out of there and watch his footy, so funny that he is making excuses for not thinking about the footie, bless.. you have to love him when he is like this in pressers, Barcelona won so double happiness for Rafa tonight.