I woke up to the following 2 Google news alerts in my in-box today:
Spain’s world number two Rafael Nadal, whose injuries have raised fears over his long-term future, says he will start the 2010 tennis season in “a little bit” worse shape than he did last season.
“I believe that this year I’ll arrive a little bit more on the short side than at the start of last season,” he said in a interview published Wednesday in Spanish sports daily AS, adding his preparation “has been short but good”.
“The results will be what they are but right now my hope is to win everything. Because that’s impossible you have to try to do what is possible in each tournament,” he added.
His hope is to win everything because that’s impossible? I think they left a “not” out of that first sentence.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal believes he is in better shape for the start of the 2010 tennis season than he was this year, despite having a relatively short time to prepare.
Nadal, who was plagued by knee and stomach injuries during 2009, helped Spain to a crushing victory over Czech Republic in this month’s Davis Cup final and has had only three weeks to train for the new season.
“My preparation has been short but good and three weeks later I am ready to start again,” Nadal said in an interview published in Wednesday’s As sports daily.
“I believe that this [season] I’ll arrive in a bit better shape than at the start of last season.”
So, he’s in better shape or worse shape? This one has the same odd bit about possibilities too:
“The results will be what they are but right now my hope is to win everything,” he told As. “Because that’s impossible you have to try to do what is possible in each tournament.
“If you have reached the semifinals of almost every tournament without playing well, which is what happened to me [last season], when you are feeling better and maintaining a rhythm, sooner or later your luck will change.”
Marica kindly sent in the following translation of the original article. Thanks, Marica!
Three weeks after finishing, everything starts again.
Yeah, it’s rough. Plus, this year there’s been very little time to rest because of the Davis Cup final. Three weeks later, I’m ready to start again. I’ve used the time I’ve been in Mallorca to train as best I could and now we’ll see how competing goes.
Has the preparation been different given the short amount of time?
Yeah. This time, with only 15 days to work, we’ve done what we could. I think this year I’m going to arrive a little bit more “justo” (tight (not physically)/ rushed / with just enough preparation) than I did at the beginning of last year.
What are you looking forward to in 2010?
I have the same hopes as always: try to get better, be happy playing, which I am, and from here on out do the best I can in every tournament that I play in during the new season. The results will be what they’ll be but beforehand, the hope is to win everything. Since that’s pretty much impossible, you have to try to do as best you can in every tournament.
The main hope for the new year is Roland Garros?
First, you have to focus on everything else. But I can’t deny that I’m really looking forward to Roland Garros. Paris, after having lost last year and having arrived, possibly, in the worst possible conditions that I could have arrived in, makes me a little bit more excited.
In any case, at the beginning of the season it won’t be easy because you defend a lot of points.
Now I play the exhibition tournament of Abu Dhabi, and next week, in Doha before the AO. All that about defending points is silly because if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t defend them and I’d be lower in the rankings. You have to have the same mentality, everything starts at zero like every year and you have to do well in every tournament and keep earning points. If you think about what you have to defend every week, you’d go crazy.
Physically are you better now than at the end of last season?
You never know. The preparation has been short but good. When one has gone awhile without winning, doing it again is always a bit difficult. When one is in the semifinals in almost every tournament without playing well, like I was, when you’re better and playing with more consistency, sooner or later the luck will also come back.