The ATP write up of the Doha final has some great quotes from Rafa:
“Sure, it’s better to win, especially when you have the chance,” said Nadal. “But, that’s tennis and probably this match I needed a little bit more calm. But playing at this level I am sure I’m going to win [a title].
“I think I did the most difficult thing and that was playing all the time at my best level. I’m probably playing better than ever, for the moment. There was one moment in 2008 maybe where I played like I did today in the first set. So that’s a very positive thing for me. I don’t know if I will win in Australia, but I think I’m in a very, very good way.”
patzin sends in this story by # Leo Schlink of the Sunday Herald Sun. (Why is evey sentence its own paragraph? Drives me batty.) It’s mainly full of quotes from Rafa pressers late last season and this past week, but some of them are good ones.
Next up is an article that jimmy linked to in a comment thread: Rafael Nadal heads for Australian Open after Qatar defeat by Richard Jago from the guardian.co.uk.
“I needed to be a bit more calm,” Nadal said when asked about a startling forehand miss from inside the baseline on the second of his two match points in the second-set tie-break against Davydenko. “Probably because I have not won a tournament for a few months I did not win this one.”
Quite the catch-22 situation, no?
“I am not saying I am going to win the tournament – you never know before a tournament,” he said. “I have played well enough [here] to have a positive result [at the Australian Open], but I don’t know. You have to see the conditions. I am ready to win the tournament, but I am never going to say that I am going to win it. The only thing I can say is that I am playing well enough to have a positive result. I am very competitive against all the players in the world. And I am happy.”
Always cautious, that one. Now, if he’d just be a bit less cautious in the right moments of his matches…
A couple of general articles: