Rafa’s final blog is up and he talks about what he can take away from his semi-final match.
It has been great being able to be with you all these past two weeks. In the end I left NY on the final Sunday but unfortunately it was not after playing the final. The semi-final match was not the best I’ve played and that loss will help me think about some things and hopefully keep improving. I wasn’t really there yesterday. The other guy simply played much better than me and I feel I am not playing at that level needed to win a major.
Lots of people asked me about my injury and also if that affected my game. The truth is that I didn’t play well and there is no excuse whatsoever for the defeat. He played better and deserved to win. Now I am flying back home and also would like to get my abdominal muscle checked. It doesn’t look too good since I am in pain when serving but hopefully it is nothing serious.
I didn’t want to talk about the injury during the US Open. There were several reasons for that: 1) I didn’t want to give any extra information to my rivals. In the end I am playing, I knew I was going to go out and compete and there was no reason why to say I’m injured. 2) for respect to my opponent. I wouldn’t feel too good if someone who says publicly that he is injured beats me and 3) I didn’t really want to stop and wanted to play no matter what. I didn’t want it to be checked after I did the last one a week before the tournament started.
Now I am back and will do everything to get it checked.
Once again many thanks for this opportunity of writing the blog and I hope to be back with you all soon.
I like how careful he is to not use the injury as an excuse while still explaining how it affected him.
And, the Q&A.
What would you think about a musical based on your life and would you take part in it? –
RN: Didn’t come to my mind. Not sure it would be an interesting topic.
I’m trying to imagine a musical ode to Nutella and gambas…
Did you attend many classical concerts growing up (since your grandfather was an orchestra conductor)? – Robin
RN: Not that much. I did go to see Placido Domingo the day before I went to Montreal and I really liked it.
Domingo was at the Gonzalez match and when they played a snippet of his singing before showing him on the jumbo-tron, Rafa looked up at the screen. He also watched the Chris Evert bit before they showed her.
Can you enjoy the crowd cheering for you, or are you too focused on the match? Also, which tournament has the craziest fans? – Leslie, US
RN: I sure do. It is very important to have the crowds supporting. To the second question probably NYC but in a good positive way!
Nah, they are just nuts.
How much do your personal feelings against your opponents affect your game? – Eva, Minneapolis
RN: IT is hard to play either a friend or someone you like less…
Someone you like less makes it difficult? Interesting.
Have you ever hit yourself in the head with your forehand follow-through? It looks like you barely miss smacking yourself every time! – Lauren, Canada
RN: You are right… but I never did.
Well, that’s good.