Rome: Pre-tournament interview with Sky Sport

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15 Responses

  1. CC says:

    I love how he mixes in some Italian! That’s a bit like me trying to speak Norwegian, or Danish, I guess. ;)

  2. Inés says:

    Oh my god!! LOL, he is speaking in espantaliano (español-italiano), I mean, he is speaking a mix of Spanish and Italian, lol, very nice..

    He said that he was playing good all the year, that in MC he played incredible (for him), in Doha, in AO had the problem with his knee, in IW and Miami he played good, just the terrible match against Ljubic and that in Miami Roddick played better than him,but he felt strong, the physic is decisive if he is fine physically, he can play good

    It’s a difficult tourney, very special for him, 4 victories here, all the matches are difficult, the draw is difficult for him, all the opponents are strong and we will see………….

    • Rafangel says:

      Ines you are a gem! Thanks so much for all your translations, you’re making a lot of Rafan’s lives happier :)))

      • sia says:

        Thanks Inés … I think Rafa has said in the past that Italian is one of the ‘other’ languages he speaks …

        • Inés says:

          well, he said one word in italian between 20 in Spanish, lol, but is more and less how the spaniards speak Italian, at least when I was in Rome I talked just the same as Rafa in the video :)))

          • Atch2 says:

            Thanks from me too Inés.

            He did speak Espantaliano during his speech last yr, no. And Nole was speaking Italian.

          • Nana says:

            That’s cute, although I really can’t tell which is which.

            It’s also how I “speak” Japanese too LOL

            • nic says:

              Hehehe this just makes me giggle. Too cute. I can’t really tell most of the time, but some words are very Italiano, and when Rafa says them it’s adorable. Still find it really funny how he’s mixing them both in, will Italians fully understand? That would be very cool. In Malaysia, it’s fairly common for city folk to mix in many languages into one, using English and Bahasa and sprinkling a bit of Cantonese in too. It’s pretty funny. And it works :)

    • rubik says:

      Inés, thanks a lot for the translation. Very much appreciated. I agree 100% with Rafangel: you are indeed a gem!

  3. Nola says:

    OMG! For the first time I can (kind of)understand Rafa and he isn’t speaking English!!! I am so glad for all those (painful) Italian lessons!

  4. Rafangel says:

    That is utterly delightful, even by Rafa standards :))) Bless. I’m sure he mixes a bit on English in there, too: I heard “draw”…

    I thought Italian should be fairly easy for him, not just because it’s so closely related to Spanish but also because (I heard) Mallorqui is a combo of Catalan, Italian and Spanish. French should also recommend itself to him because there’s a lot of it in Catalan, but it’s not something he’s embraced… I guess it’s all easier in theory ;)

  5. Fay says:

    Very sexy Rafa speaking lika dis, glad he is aware of his dangerous draw, Kohlshreiber is waiting in the blocks for him…

  6. Nana says:

    Last year when everyone was concerned about his body, he said he didn’t want to talk about it. Now he seems to be talking about having physical problems all the time.

    I hope all this talk is partly aimed to take the pressure off and divert the attention of opponents, given his tremendous form people are gonna see him as the man to beat, or as Ferrero said (if I remember correctly), that Rafa was the public enemy on clay.

  7. Maria says:

    lol, this is indeed one very funny rafa interview. why does he mixes up italian & spanish? they practically forced him to speak italian at the trophy ceremony, but here?
    and the interviewer’s expression – just nodding, nodding… the baby cries in the background, rafa’s voice getting hoarser towards the end, him saying the same things he has been repeating countless times, lol, this is so strange & funny…