Nadal Staves Off Seppi (thanks patzin)
A slightly strained abdominal prevented Rafael Nadal from diligently working on his serve in practice this week. But Nadal’s serve was working for him when he needed it most today.
“The truth is I didn’t work a lot with the serve these days, no, because I had the problem in the abdominals. So it was all inspiration,” Nadal said provoking laughter in his post-match press conference. “No, no, sure, the serve is very important part of the game. If you are serving well, you can play the rest of the match with more calm, no? So it’s important. Today it was important. In important moments I had good serves. I had three aces in breakpoints, so that’s very good news and very happy for that. I have to improve always my serve, but I have to continuing serving like this if I want to have chances to win tomorrow.”
Colm, it’s colm, people!
“Here the ball is fast and the ball is not getting bit top spin, so it’s tough. It’s difficult conditions for me, no?” Nadal said. “My results here in this tournament say that. It’s not easy tournament for me. My best result was last year semifinals. Always difficult for me to play a good tournament here. But, you know, I don’t know if I play very well, but I was there all the time, no? I was fighting every point, and that’s the important thing, no? I don’t know if it was a very good match for me, but it was very important, because these matches help me a lot to get my best performance and to get physical training, too.”
He doesn’t know if he played well? Is that a way of saying he thought he sucked but doesn’t want to admit to it?
“I think I am okay in my movements. Sure, I have to improve a little bit more, because that’s in one week is not enough to be a 100 percent,” Nadal said. “But I feel okay in my move. But after feeling okay of my move, I need a little more time to adapt the speed of the ball and to get confidence. Winning matches like today is the only way to take this confidence, no? So that’s it. To be confidence and playing inside the court, I need to be in the back on the court running before.”
So, that’s it.
Here’s a full transcript of the presser from the tournament site.
Here’s an article about the scheduling of yesterday that I find to be interesting – so many requests for the director to juggle.
Spanish TV coverage:
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