Transcript and video on the USO site. Excerpts:
Q. Last year when you lost, you seemed very weary, very tired here. Are you better rested now?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, sure, I’m more fresh than last year, 100% sure. We will see how I am physically tomorrow. But mentally, the last year was totally destroyed mentally. Mentally this year I am perfect, no?
No. I mean, yes. Yes, I mean yes.
Q. Last night, did you want to wait longer to play, or were you happy that they canceled it at 6:00?
RAFAEL NADAL: I’m very happy to cancel it at 6:00, yeah. That’s good for the players. Just can say thanks to the organization, because you know how tough is be here from 9:00 in the morning to 8:00 of the afternoon.
The tournament was very, very good yesterday with the players, no, very good consideration.
They should have let them go much earlier.
Q. What would you say is the best thing that Del Potro does? What is the biggest challenge he presents to you?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, everything. I think he’s very complete player, no? In the past, he didn’t serve like he is doing right now. He has an unbelievable serve right now. From the baseline, he is very solid. He don’t have mistakes.
He is very big, so, anyway, if the movements is not 100% perfect, he very long and he arrive to every play.
So for his altitude, his movements is okay, no? He’s good. I think he’s a complete player, and is always the same thing, no? Try to be ready to put one more ball than the rest.
I do not like the high altitude players.
Q. As a very prominent player in the game, do you ever have conversations with the authorities here about the scheduling? Are you able to talk to them about the schedule and whether you think it’s fair or not fair?
RAFAEL NADAL: For when?
Q. For everybody. Are you able to talk to them and ask them…
RAFAEL NADAL: You can talk. (laughter.) Sure, you can talk. But I think if they listen to you, they listen, yes, sure. In the end, the television is decisive in these cases. So I don’t know, no?
I think the players prefer don’t play Saturday and Sunday in a row, because for example, that’s my feeling, no? If I have for example the match, one player have the same match like I had in semifinals of Australia this year, you lose the final. It’s impossible win the final, believe me.
So depends how is the match in semifinals, you lose a lot of chances to play the final, no? But it’s everything the same, so that’s fair.
They totally need to do away with the “Super Saturday” thing.
Q. Would you prefer the early match tomorrow or the later match?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer early.
Q. Have you told them that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I told. (laughter.) I asked.
And he’s first tomorrow. Yay!