Okay, I’ve had a bit of a lie down and have recovered a bit…
Last game and post-match celebration:
Translation from Inés:
Rafa, good afternoon, super tired, first of all congratulations
I was saying that I believe that in recent years, perhaps, except the RG match against Soderling, the match you have taken hard to win in clay, no? At least it was very hard to you
Rafa: No, I’ve had many tough matches with Davydenko here, with David Ferrer I’ve played some very difficult matches, ehhh, bfffff, with Federer, let alone, with Djokovic, so …. The matches are difficult especially when you play tournaments that they are all the best in the world like are the Master 1000 and the GS 1000 annnnnnnd the truth is that is a very important victory for me, I am aware that in the second set at moments I have lost completely the timing of the ball, but it was also difficult, no? He was serving very, very hard, all serves over 205 – 210-215 (km / h) and apart his serves were in a lot and when I served, I played with much more pressure than I’m used to and that,and that, therefore made me play much more defensive and that of course, it has taken me away the aggressiveness that I had been playing in recent matches aand automatically when you are playing more defensively you are slicing the ball more and the ball loses speed and the other has it easy and I’ve really started to play very bad
A great analysis from Rafa Nadal, the next question is from Tomas Carbonell
First of all congratulations and I think that these matches at the end, add up and reinforce the moral and the question that I would ask you is, if you could play this match in 24 hours What things would you change, mainly?
Rafa: Well, I would try to lose much less court. Also I was not feeling very well the ball, Gulbis has started playing very aggressive and playing just two shots and that means that the match was much more complicated. Here, in contrast to MC, as the players commented me in Barcelona, the court is much faster, the ball bounces a lot and it was very difficult to control the ball, and until the third set that I managed to calm me and and I managed to play long points, trying to make the ball fly over his backhand, it took me a lot, I tell you. The main thing I would change is, to play a little more inside and try to be more often in control of the point
Rafa, the third and last question is from Joan Balcells
Good afternoon, Rafa, congratulations first, you’re a great champion, and my question is. How do you confront, because seeing the percentage of first serves and the speed that Gulbis was hitting with, how to confront the BP, because in the bp we have seen that each bp, he got the first serve and over 200 each time?
Rafa: Yes, today I’ve lost all the statistics, (laughing). In the circuit each week they give us a note of all the statistics for all players, I was number 1 in converted bp and with today’s match, I have lost all. The truth is that he was serving very hard and I was just waiting my time, waiting to have a point that it could play and I could start, to try, at the minimal (opportunity) I had, to try to hit deep balls, to try to get the forehand and at least, to equal the point one on one, it has been practically impossible until the last point, I’ve managed to make the point and it gave me the match ..and wait for my time, trying to stay focused with my service and then wait for the moment to try to break
Well Rafa, just remind you, tomorrow your final 50, to see what happens
Rafa: Well, see what happens, very happy to be in the final and now a very difficult rival as David is and to enjoy it and try to do all my best, thank you very much
Thank you very much, to rest,see you tomorrow