AnaR points out this Marca.com interview with Rafa. It’s a rather lengthy interview and, as usual, Google translation chunks through in both a helpful and non-helpful manner. (Here’s a translation by Babelfish – suggested by @julesdc.)
If I’m honest I do not know if I am one hundred percent complete, I hope so, but no one realizes until it is in competition and force up to the end, until you can. I’ve trained ido ido me pretty well, I have improved a lot and I find the faith to be able to boot. If you get there and things do not go as you expect, it will be a small blow. But I hope not because if not, I would go.
Very reasonable attitude – nothing compares to match play for testing the health of the mind and the body.
Have you had many doubts among returning in Montreal or do a few days later?
In fact I have taken the decision today. I wanted to be sure they can get out and yes, I can hurt, but I did not want to get there and that was the first day I was wrong. I’ve trained four days with little pain, I feel confident running and now is the time to try.
I guess he always expects some pain? In regard to his upcoming schedule, he listed:
Montreal, Cincinnati, U.S. Open, Davis Cup, if I call and I have no setbacks, then Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and London.
So, no real change from what he’d already scheduled.
Have you visited abroad or medical doctor ever?
To always (Cotorro) and some of his colleagues. Siempre he estado en buenas manos y no sólo de una opinión, sino de varias, que siempre es mejor. I have always been in good hands and not just an opinion, but several, which is always better. All have agreed quite well in the period, which is not an issue that read: “In a month is good.” This process is perhaps a bit slower, but good swelling is still there and no longer hurts
I hope google got that wrong and he really said that the swelling is no longer there. I’m assuming that’s the case. He goes on to say that his 2005 injury was worse and more painful. He also says that his greatest joy has come from winning important titles (Wimbledon, Australia, etc) and not from attaining the #1 ranking.
Has returned to the game with Soderling? Was it his most painful defeat and their worst match?
I did not see again. I do not know if it was the most painful defeat. At each moment each has his most painful defeat. Has been one of the few times that I have not had control of the situation at any time. I had no capacity. It was painful, of course. For everything, everything that was happening. Not only for the defeat at Roland Garros, which would not always win, but at the moment yes, because I had knee problems for quite some time, had a season emotionally a little hard and when all things come together and The blow fell in the tournament that makes you dream, then comes the slump.
You could see that lack of control or hope of gaining control over the match on his face.
The feeling that people have is that you, as good people, said yes to that commitment to Madrid Spain.
Let us be clear. If the tournament is not in Madrid and is in another country, no game. We assure you.
I think that’s what we all pretty much thought – he played because it was a “home” tournament. Rafa then goes on to show that, while he may be match creaky, he’s still good at deflecting those “predict your future” questions as he refuses to speculate on the rest of his season much less the rest of his career.
The pain does not go away ever?
The pain is always there and when you take a peak month without playing, you start to hurt even more, but things have improved a lot. Friday Saturday and quite properly trained and do not know if it is a well until force. And here I can not force.
Well, that answers my pain question. He goes on to try and move the conversation away from the family issue pointing out that he was winning during the problems and that he doesn’t read stories about himself so he didn’t know what was being said about his personal life in the press. He also says he doesn’t let the paparazzi stop him from doing what he wants to do. And finally, they discuss the support he’s received from family, friends and fans and how he is grateful for it. He was sad to miss playing Davis Cup because the atmosphere and support is always amazing, but he had to think of the bigger issue.