A new entry is finally up.
Sorry there was no blog yesterday but I went to bed pretty early last night since I had an early pick-up this morning.
I’d scheduled my warm-up session at 10am so I had the car at 8.30am.
I know it’s not that early for normal people who go to work or to an office, but considering we spend many hours at the tournament site and even on court playing, it’s pretty early to be up by 7.30 or 8 to get ready for the match …
I get up and go to work in an office and it’s still early for me. Being a non-morning person in the “real world” sucks.
Anyway, I went to bed early and hadn’t received the questions.
Not sure I have commented on this before, but some people ask me why I get my warm-up SO early compared to other players.
Uh, wasn’t that discussed just two blog entries ago?
I prefer to be there and waiting but ready rather than late for my warm-up and do things wrong.
We knew the match before mine would go at least for one hour and a half, if not more, but you never know.
If one of the two players retire we have to be ready immediately and I need to be properly warmed up. So I choose to be there early.
I can’t imagine how difficult it is to properly prepare yourself mentally and physically for a match when you don’t have a set start time.
Tomorrow I will wake up around 8.45 and I will watch on TV the Spanish soccer game between Real Madrid and Malaga.
The thing is that the match is shown here delayed so I will have all my phones, computer and friends off so I can watch the match in my room without knowing the score.
So no spoiling it for him! (How does one set their friends into the off position? That might come in handy.)
It will be like live for me … then I will go to the site to practise…
Thanks to all for our support. I hear the blog is being liked so that’s great (that’s what Jim said to me today on court).
Your interviews with Jim are liked as well.
Q: I HOPE you know you have a lot of fans staying up all night to watch your matches, especially during last year’s AO (you know which match I’m talking about).
Rebecca Lin, Los Angeles
RAFA: I know. The time difference is a killer for a lot of people.
Yes, please excuse the black circles under our puffy eyes.
Hi RAFA. It’s my birthday today and your victory today was an awesome present, even though I knew you’d win. Since I’m having cake, I was wondering … what’s your favourite type of cake?
Good luck for your future matches! And I hope you’re the champion once again!
M. Yamaguchi, Sydney
Many thanks and happy birthday. Chocolate cake is my favourite.
I KNOW you’re a big soccer fan and I was wondering if you know much about any of the Australian players and the Socceroos.
Jock Green, 9
I have seen them play a few times. I still remember that match against Italy.
Oh, that match. (I’m sure that makes sense to footy fans, but it cracked me up for some reason.)
I WAS wondering whether you have an opinion about why more of the men than women players seem to be super fit. It looks like you can still make the women’s top 20 and not be in really great shape.
W James, Fitzroy
I am sure they are all very much in shape. It is not easy.
It’s their mental shape that is more problematic.
HOLA Rafa, Thank you for taking the time to answer some of your fans’ questions! My question is if you got married soon who would be your best man?
M Williams, Australia
Believe me it is not my intention for the moment so I didn’t even think about what you are asking!
Don’t try to retire or marry him too soon!
DO you like watching cartoons? Which character do you like best?
Yes I do. Dragonball is my fav.
*tries to not roll eyes* *doesn’t succeed*
HOLA Rafa, You are truly magnificent both physically and mentally! Are you religious or spiritual in any way?
Natalie Purdon, Mornington
Not much, sorry.
No need to apologize.