Rafa’s latest blog and Q&A are up. I’m labeling the blog: the bittersweet edition.
Well, it looks like the chances for being here on Saturday are very, very little, practically impossible if I am not wrong. I lost today again and it is actually a weird sensation to lose twice in a week. I felt I played better today, more aggressive, with more determination, but still not enough to beat a top player like Davydenko.
Tomorrow I will continue with the normal routine anyway. I will practice around 2pm at the tournament site. The important thing is to continue, to practice to continue improving and getting ready for the match on Friday. After that, I will be focusing and preparing the Davis Cup final.
I am not happy as you can all imagine but I am not down either. I felt better today, had some chances, played a good second part of the match and was close to bringing the match to a 3rd set. I am far from where I can be and that’s encouraging. I suppose that what I need is to go back to El Cambio de Tercio for a good dinner with my team and regain all good habits, playing well included :-)
I also would like to say that I am sorry for all my fans here. I really feel great playing in the UK. Probably here, and apart from my home country, is where I feel I have more fans. I know a lot of you came from different places around the World also. Many, many thanks is the least I can say.
I definitely do think he should feel better about that second set than he should about the last time he played Davydenko. The spark is still there, it just needs some tender loving care and a mild kick in the pants to turn it into a full flame.
Oh, and after looking at the menu for that restaurant, I think I understand the Roland Garros outfit even more. ;)
Now, the Q&A:
Rafa,do you cook dinner by youself? And how do you think of your cooking? – Xiao Hu, from China
RN: No, that I only do during Wimbledon and a very few times at home. I am limited but the few things I do are really good.
So, he’s a one-dimensional cooker? ;) All these questions about cooking – I think he’s starting to regret ever mentioning the Wimbly cooking sessions.
There is snow on the hills where I live. Do you like snow and have you ever skied? – Miles
RN: No I have not.
And don’t you dare until your tennis career is over! Tough on the knees.
Dear Rafa! I know, that it not the most important in your game, the main thing – that your victories. It is simply interesting to know: Will You return to the short sleeves and long shorts next year? Thank You, Best of luck!! With love, your fan Paolina
RN: No, that’s part of the past and maybe the long term future, but not any time soon.
I know you already help a lot of people with your Foundation, and I wondered if you would ever like to be a Politician in the future to try and make the world a better place? Or someone like our Princess Diana used to be, she was nicknamed the “Queen of Hearts” as she helped a lot of people and brought good causes to the attention of the public.
You would make a wonderful “king of Hearts” as you are so compassionate and people would listen to you. (I would vote for you if I could!) Besos y abrazos – Juliette Westbrook-Finch (England)
RN: No, I won’t be a politician. I would definitely try to make the world better in my own particular way of helping but not via politics. You are very kind to compare me with Princess Diana, but I don’t think I am anywhere close.
*pictures Rafa wearing a tiara* *giggles*
Hola from Puerto Rico!! So, I was wondering: every time I’ve seen you on tv or your pictures, I have never seen you wearing any sunglasses. Do you ever wear sunglasses or do you just don’t like using them? Also, if you don’t wear them, don’t you get nasty headaches from having the sun in your eyes all the time (because you’re outdoors a lot of the time)?? Thank you and Vamos!!! – Yaritza from Puerto Rico
RN: I do wear them but not very often, you are right.
Not even on the boat when fishing? I’d think they’d cut down on the glare from the water. Oh well. I don’t like wearing them either.
So much press is written about you and your game- do you ever read any of it, or would that be too frustrating? I’m specifically talking about the sports pages, such as The Times, Marca and Espn? – Gill Leone, London
RN: I do read a lot of what’s in the internet. I simply have my own opinion and it is interesting to read what other people think. I only ask for respect and those you mention normally have respect with me and what I do.
Find out what it means to me.
Rafa, if you had to choose one Slam you wanted to win most in 2010, would you want to defend the Australian Open, reclaim your thrown from Roland Garros, win back Wimbledon or complete a career slam at the US Opens? – Anthea Yeung xxx
RN: Any of the four, but give me Wimbledon again… would be amazing!
Always the love for Wimbly. I approve.
Hi I come from Greece and tennis here is not a very popular sport yet, of course the last years more and more people become interested in it, but I think that is considered yet a sport just for few, for an “elite”.That is very disappointing…Did you ever consider tennis that way, as a sport for people of a certain social status? – Liana
RN: No, I never did. I don’t think it is this way in Spain where I grew up.
But then again, you kind of grew up in the class that she’s talking about – or at least close to it.
Over the years you’ve lessened your on-court rituals. Do you think you can play without them in the coming years? – Manahil, Pakistan.
RN: I hope so… :-)
Lessened them? Have you seen how he used to serve? He stepped right up the line and served. It was kind of freaky the first time I’d watched an old match in a long time.