RG: Interview with Toni

The interview is in French – can anyone give us an idea what he’s saying?

Posted by whymebe.

17 Responses

  1. teejustice says:

    Hi – I only know a little French. But from what I could tell the interviewer thanked Toni was coming in and was asking Toni how is Rafa feeling or taking it to which he said he was not bad or he was handling it normal. He then asked was he surprised or did he expect a loss (this early) and against a non-top player (he mentioned Federer and Verdaco as the expected victor if it were to be a loss for Rafa). Toni was kind of blase and more like it didn’t matter the player, could happen with any one and that was not important, but that it was a loss here on Chatrier. I can’t make out exactly how it ended, but I think Toni just restated that it was tough, but he (Rafa) is fine (I think).

  2. teejustice says:

    BTW – I am new to the site a little pre-Roland Garros. Thanks for a great site miri :)

  3. BEE says:

    At the end the interviewer asked something about whether Rafa would come back stronger next year, and Toni replied that he hopes so since they didn’t have a very good tournament this year.

  4. johanne says:

    I have to say, I’m impressed that Toni gave an interview. I think this shows they’ll “survive.” :)

    Just to add a few bits:

    Toni says Rafa is not very happy but that’s normal. Also says he thought Rafa didn’t play very well, and that it’s a tough loss but not too bad. Toni confirms that he knew that one day Rafa would lose, so that’s no surprise, and that there’s lots of good players capable of beating him. And at the very end I think the interviewer asks if he’ll come back stronger next year. Not sure exactly what Toni’s response is…he kinda shrugs his shoulders…maybe says something about hoping they have a good tournament? I’m not sure.

  5. Nada H. T says:

    Thank you miri for the vid.

    Wish I know French 2 translate this but unfortunately I don’t :(

    If you have any vid. in Arabic ‘Which I doubt u will have’

    I would be happy to help in translation.

    I know Arabic and English. I plan to learn Spanish and French.

    Till then I am useless :s

  6. Melanie says:

    Here’s how I heard it:

    – notes how Toni makes himself available whether Rafa wins or loses – thanks.
    – How is Rafa?

    – Not too happy, but that’s to be expected after a match in which he didn’t play well, especially here at Roland Garros. For us, it’s a tougher loss here, but it’s not too bad. He’s fine.

    – You always knew he’d lose here someday, but did you think it would be against someone like Soderling, as opposed to a Federer or a Verdasco?

    – No matter who he was going to lose to, to lose here on Chatrier was a tough loss. It could be against anyone.
    – I know my nephew, and there are lots of really good players he can beat.

    – Will he come back stronger next year?

    -(laughs a bit) Well we hope so, because obviously we didn’t have a strong tournament this year.

  7. miri says:

    Thanks, everyone!

  8. aRafaelite says:

    I’m not going to watch any more of these… the interviewer seemed to actually enjoy reminding Toni that Rafa had to lose one day!

    Miri – you’re right “WWRD?”… he’ll probably get over it quicker than we will! In the mean time, I’m off to make some chocolate chip cookies. Let me know if anyone wants the recipe.

  9. Christian says:

    Rafa, this defeat will only make you more seasoned and stronger! It’s only when you have passed through ill moments that you steel your nerves.All your tennis career practically lies ahead! Rise and shine again, Rafa, even more fearlessly and mercilessly!We, the millions of fans, support you all along!

  10. AnaR says:

    The translation are very good..it is exactly that Toni said.

  11. AnaR says:

    To aRafaelite,

    The interviewer is the classic Roland Garros, is a very kind man and very correct. The fault is not of him for the behavior of the public of the Philippe Chatrier .. Rafael and it is true that we know at some point was going to lose. I insist that if Rafa is so upset by the behavior is more because public than the defeat. And of course you would like to lose with another player and not Soderlin .. but time to time. Soderling will not reach that far. It’s in his moment of glory but we all know that what Rafael has done is very difficult. There are many players who are better than Soderling for instance Djokovic or Roddick or Murray who have been unable to win every tournament he has won Rafa and more.. Tsonga, Del Potro, Davydenko.. there are a lot who are better than Soderling

  12. Suzanne says:

    In the end, let’s get some perspective. This young man has had four plus years on the road, with very little time to himself, and has not been able to enjoy the fruits of his success. I hope Rafa has a wonderful 23rd birthday on Wednesday, spends time with the people he loves, has NOT ONE PICTURE taken of him, and comes back to Queens and Wimbledon with “colm” and can enjoy the British fans who will treat him with the respect he so richly deserves. God bless you, Rafa!

    • nic says:

      I hope they do Suzanne, I hope they do.

    • Josh says:

      I am going to Wimbledon twice this year

      On the first Wednesday on centre court and then on the second Monday, dubbed “Mega” seen as everyone is playing their 4th round that day in which I am on Court 1.

      Even if no other Brits (which I heavily doubt) cheer Rafa, Wi will be there screaming my lungs out. Look for the guy with massively curly hair, twil be me.

      I think he is kind of confirmed on the first Wednesday as being the defending champion he has the luxury of being the first person to play on Centre Court on the Monday so secound round may be on Wednesday. And i just pray he is on Court 1 on the second Monday.

  13. nic says:

    I love Toni for doing this. It makes me feel better to remember that he is there for Rafa and that he probably would have been preparing Rafa for the day when this would have to happen. Also it’s good to see him be his cheerful unaffected self to the program, so it doesn’t make it seem like the end of the world, and that maybe the press will get the point, that team Nadal is fine. Of course Rafa is not happy, but he will be fine. I still hate the fucking crowd on Phillip Chatrier. They hurt poor Rafa. I agree that he was probably more hurt by that on top of the loss.