Day 4 is up on the heraldsun site.
Hi everyone. A shorter blog today since I am a bit tired and I really want to get some rest
Just came back from dinner with my team. It was my fathers onomastic so he paid the dinner.
We went to a Japanese restaurant here in Melbourne. We thought we were going to a normal Japanese restaurant, you know, sushi, salmon with teriyaki sauce, warm edamame.
I just had edamame for dinner. Well, that and cookies.
We got to this restaurant where, basically, you have to cook your own things at the table. I mean, the quality of the food was great but i was actually expecting something different, so … not that good.
Don’t mess with Rafa’s routines and expectations!
Then we walked back to the hotel and, as I say, now planning to go to bed.
Today, as every match day, I wanted to get to the site early. Sometimes people close to me say, why do you go so early?
JMac often likes to gently mock Rafa on how early he gets to the tournament site when he’s calling a match.
I was picked up at the hotel at 9.15 and was already hitting at 10.30. I like to be ready, take things easy and prefer to sit and wait in the locker room rather than rushing to get things done and maybe getting there late.
And yet you are often the one late when they send out the match call. Silly boy.
So even I knew there were two matches before mine, the first one starting at 11am, I prefer to get early to the tournament.
Tomorrow more. Thanks for understanding.
But of course – and that offer for a tuck-in or bedtime story still stands.
Q: Rafa, How many more years can you see yourself playing tennis at the level you are playing now? It must be physically taxing on your entire body! Keep it up Rafa.
Joel Teague, Melbourne
RAFA: Tough to know but I am only 23 and still enjoying my time here. Please don’t retire me too soon …
There’s no crystal ball, people. He’ll play as long as he’s able/ready to.
RAFA, Do you think Spain will have a chance to lift the FIFA World Cup this time around?
I think they have a good chance this year. We actually discussed this tonight at dinner.
You discussed footy at dinner? SHOCKING!
HI Rafa, first of all I just want to say I’m a huge fan and love watching you play.
I want to know why you don’t wear singlet tops anymore when you play.
I wanted a change and feel great with this.
*yawning at the question*
HEY Rafa, I could use some new towels and those official Australian Open ones look nice. Could you steal one for me, please?
Hahahahaha. I already have a lot of friends asking for them. And I don’t steal them … they give them to us.
But you could still get me one! (Oh, and look – I’ve moved to Melbourne…why am I not at the tournament?)
RAFA, Do you or your family save the magazines you are in and create an album of all of your great memories?
Not at all.
RAFA, How many tennis balls do you think you have signed in your career?
I have no idea but I try to sign as many as I can anD I would love to have them all signed!
See? He’s so much nicer than me. I would have said: Too damn many!
RAFA, I think your English is fantastic and you look fabulous in your new clothing line. What did you think of Roger Federer making the grunting sounds and imitating you when you played with him in Hit for Haiti?
Many thanks. Still a long way to go with my English. I think Roger was funny doing that and we had a lot of fun.
Roger doing the loud grunts was hilarious.
RAFA, I’m a big fans of yours, you are a very inspirational person.
I was wondering, do you have any input into the clothes you wear at each tournament because they are very creative and colourful. Do you help design them?
Lazaria Delomne, New Zealand
Yes I do have an input. It is not me designing them. Clearly. I like the colours, it is like Mallorca.
Bright sunny and cheery, yep, sounds right.
RAFA, What do you miss most about Mallorca when you’re travelling around the world?
The food, the people, my home …
Aww. *gives him a pat on the head*