Rafa blog & Q/A – 3rd edition

Photo by AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Photo by AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

These are dated the 28th, but I’m not sure if they are all we are getting today or if they just mean the 27ths are posted late. :)

Congratulations to ‘perfect’ Barca, but tennis will always come first

I am writing this blog after the Champions League final. All of us staying here have watched it here at the hotel lobby and the first thing I want to do is congratulate all the Barcelona team. What a fantastic team. The closest thing to perfection!!!. And I say this first since it looks like this is the only thing people were really caring today was about the football match. Sure I wanted to watch it, you know I love football and I watch a lot but it was kind of funny to have questions in the press conference about me wanting to change the match today to play earlier.

I am a professional tennis player and first thing is first for me. The main thing today was to win my match and then, if I had time, watch the football match on TV. In the end I did both. I managed to win and went back to the hotel to watch the match.

Again, I think fans worry much more about this kind of stuff than Rafa does. He knows he has a job to do and he’s ready to do it – other stuff be dammed. After all, isn’t it that kind of focus that makes him a great tennis player instead of just a really, really good one?

Today is practice and promo:

As I say day off with no match but early practice at 11 am to continue to try to improve things. After that I have a promotional action with the Balearic Islands who apart from being my homeland I also support them and will meet with them at 4 pm together with International media.

Questions for Rafa: how does it feel to break Borg’s record at Roland Garros

Is your left arm bigger and stronger than your right? Claire, Berkshire
RN: Now that I look at it it is bigger…

Snarky Rafa! I approve.

How does it feel to beat Bjorn Borg’s record of 28 unbeaten matches in Paris? Caverley, Chichester
RN: I actually don’t pay too much attention to that. I suppose those numbers are for the day when I retire. Now I only look at this tournament.

Lalalalalala – not listening!

You have won so many titles in your career, what makes you keep wanting to win more? Lorraine, UK
RN: I love the competition and I love tennis. That gives me the motivation and also the fact that I see I can win.

Hmm…that last bit is new, isn’t it?

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Trisha Slade, London
RN: I don’t really know. I suppose what I do in tennis?

Well, we know it’s not sleep at home alone.

Do you use the same locker as you have done in previous years? Zainab
RN: Yes I do, or at last nearby… Let’s put it this way, same area…

Huh. I thought he always did have the same one.

If you were stuck on a desert island name one thing you’d want to have with you. It can’t be a person. Louise
RN: I prefer not be stuck on that… :-)

Ah – the kind of the non-answer answer.

5 Responses

  1. nic says:

    Yep Rafa is a true professional, that’s how he got to where he is. If his focus wasn’t 100% on court, and he was drifting off to a football match, it’s over. Think he probably got a little incensed that people think he was all rushing the game to get to see the match. It was obvious he didn’t want to get involved in a rain delay.

    Did any of you notice how in the last few games Rafa’s usual pre-serve routine was sped up so much it was like on fast forward?! Hilarious that boy. He was really wanting to get out of there fast. I like in his blog when he said that he was thinking “please please please” don’t rain. Adorable.

  2. An says:

    It was raining… Aha that explains the hurry. I noticed he was rushing but not that it rained… Grappy live stream with spanish commentators, wich i don’t understand.

    Sure Rafa, sure we know that tennis is the only thing on youre mind during a match and comes first!

    • miri says:

      Yeah, I was watching via ESPN360.com and they showed the players under umbrellas during a short stoppage of play. They said they were just waiting for a slight rain shower to stop. Rafa was looking worriedly at the sky.

  3. faecoleman says:

    Love your little insert comments Miri, funny!

    • dutchgirl says:

      Me too, it ads just that little bit of extra joy in reading these articles! They always make me smile, great job!