Today’s Times Online blog and Q&A are up. First, the blog.
I did play Montreal and Cincinnati which are important tournaments and so I had a bit more rhythm. But still this was the first round match and Richard I am sure was also expecting to play after those horrible 3 months he’s passed. So I have to say I felt great and at a very good level.
Yeah, “very good level” might me one way to describe 10 unforced errors in 3 sets.
Tomorrow I will practice in the morning at 11.30 am and that will allow me to have the whole afternoon free. I might do some shopping here in the city or I might go again to the Mamma Mia musical. I’ll see after the practice and decide.
Maybe he’ll get to see the whole thing this time.
And the Q&A
I was wondering if the All England Club at Wimbledon have ever asked for an item from you to display in their museum. If so, what was it? – Julie
RN: Yes I have but I don’t remember exactly what. Not sure if it was a shirt I used or the shoes.
I think it’s a shirt.
Do you think Andrew Murray will win the US Open this year? – Mahesh Patel
RN: Sure he can win it… but I hope that’s note the case… you know what I mean… :-)
I just wanted to ask, this was a rumour, but was it true that you and Novak Djokovic were going to play doubles together in Cincinnati? If you were, do you hope to play doubles again with him anytime soon? And are you and him good friends off the court? – Ivan
RN: Yes, we were going to play in Cincinnati. We talked about it some time ago, I think it was in Rome. So we decided to play in Montreal or Cincy. He had already arranged to play with Vemic in Montreal so we entered in Cincy. Unfortunately I had some minor problems with my abdominal so decided not to risk. Another time.
Hope so, because that would be fun!
Do you prefer day or night games at the US open? – Hiromi
RN: I prefer day matches.
And the US networks prefer night…
Do you think that Uncle Toni is a harder coach on you than Francois Roig is? – June
RN: I think Toni is harder.
If you were ever to play mixed doubles which of the ladies would you choose as a partner? – Val
RN: I don’t play doubles at the Slams so I won’t answer this one… and I know what you wanted to hear :-)
He’s a mind reader now!
I heard that you may possibly be returning to your signature ‘sleeveless’ kit sometime next year? Can you please confirm that this is true? – Trish
RN: I had a good time in Montreal playing the first round with it. Felt great. We leave this open. maybe yes, maybe no…
Wear whatever the hell you want, Rafa – just keep enjoying the competition.