Rome: Quarterfinal presser video and article

A bit shaky, but nice to see a vid of the presser!

Posted by ilTennisItaliano.

And an article summing up the presser on the tournament site.

“In the first set today I was in trouble for a long time. He was doing his serve much better than I was and I only won one point before the 5-4,” Nadal admitted. “For the whole game, my serve was hard. The important thing was that I was very concentrated because he was playing very well and perhaps better than me in the beginning. But from the 5-4, I started to play it well. I did some good drop-shots and after that I started to play very well. From the second set, I was right in the court. At the beginning I felt that every ball I was touching I was more and more behind the line but in the second set, my feeling was that I was much better with my forehand and I was able to change the direction of the ball. I was also doing much better with my backhand too.”

“I don’t think I played my best match tonight,” said the world No.2, with his feet firmly on the ground as always. “I think that the level in Monte Carlo (where he won the ATP Masters 1000 for the loss of only 14 games all tournament) was unbelievable. The final I played unbelievably and also in the semi-final too. I played well but I was probably playing better in Monte Carlo. Yesterday probably I had amazing passages but the feeling today was better. After the first set, I played better with my forehand and the ball was higher for me and I was going to the net more. You go to the net when you are dominating the point. The first set I didn’t go to the net because I wasn’t dominating the game.”

On the possibility of all-Spanish semis:

“We know each other much better and that is the difference and we are great friends. I know what the other player is going to do – almost – and he knows what I am going to do – almost. We are close friends but when you are on the court, you are professionals. Anyway for us, even to have three Spaniards in the final of the tournament like this is unbelievable for us. If we have the fourth, then I don’t know if this makes history but that will be wonderful too.”

11 Responses

  1. solaris says:

    This will be great – my country man against Rafa. Cannot see Ernests Gulbis pulling it off yet, but it will be a great match to watch.

  2. sia says:

    Would love to hear those ‘almosts’ … very good analysis of your own match Rafa ;) .

  3. CC says:

    “I was more inside…” Yep, that’s what we like, Rafa.

  4. Betsy says:

    Did anyone else notice that he was quoted incorrectly?

    • sia says:

      lol Betsy sometimes quoting Rafa exactly (without the visuals), might look like the mutterings of a mad man.

    • Atch2 says:

      I think they summarise it bec like sia said if it was word for word it would be difficult to understand for some people. Some transcript people must dislike Rafa bec he has he his own style.

      I luv listening to Rafa and I think he gets his points across well even though it’s not perfect English. It’s unique and part of his charm.

  5. Fay says:

    “The important thing was that I was serving well the whole tournament.” And you are going to have to tommorow Rafa!

  6. alhm says:

    “‘I don’t think I played my best match tonight,’ said the world No.2”


  7. Atch2 says:

    Can he be any yummier? Luv the caption.

  8. Fay says:

    Lovely pic Atch2, I love Rafa in acidic colours, its so suits his vibrant personality, and dark good looks! *fans self*