WTF? A polite scolder

At least, that’s what Cheryl Murray says Rafa is in today’s blog entry:

I’m always interested in the press conferences of the players that lose their matches, because when the chips are down, that’s when the real player comes out (for reference, watch a Roddick interview sometime). I bring this up largely because I just left the Nadal press conference and several times he pulled out the old “I’ve said this 100 times” preface. It sounds testy, doesn’t it? The thing is that it doesn’t actually come out that way when he says it. I think he must have a gift, because even when he scolds, he does it politely.

8 Responses

  1. Trish says:

    He definitely has a gift (more than one even) — I wish that some reporters would just get it already. On the other hand, I guess it is more newsworthy when you get a rise …

    I feel sorry for the players sometimes when they get “hammered” by the press — hazards of a high-paying job.

  2. sia says:

    Cheryl looooves Rafa.

  3. GB says:

    I love Rafa scolding. Like in the USO 08 presser after he lost to Muzz and he was asked if he needed to change his schedule to be in better physical shape (which he obvs does, but will never not be in denial about) and he totally turned it into a cute conversation by asking if it was possible to be in the ‘top positions’ without playing all the tourneys. When she didn’t answer, he smiles, does full eye contact and asks again. After he’s basically forced her (politely!) to agree he says ‘that’s my answer then’ and does a cute smile and fidget!

    These pressers can be brutal and the fact Rafa’s generally charming is pretty amazing. I remember after the FO 08 (that brilliant, brilliant tourney!) Fed was asked which he’d choose if a fairy gave him the option of winning FO or Wimby and he was all ‘I’m not answering, it’s a stupid question’. Can’t blame him in the heat of the moment, but love Rafa all the more for smilingly dealing with the tactlessness etc.

  4. Atch2 says:

    One of his best characterictics.