Madrid: Press round up

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Lots of press and I’m sure there will be more tomorrow, but here’s a sampling to keep you busy gushing about Rafa and basking in the winning after-glow.

Nadal Achieves Historic Triumph With Victory Over Federer

“Well to be the first player to [win all three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournaments] is unbelievable,” said Nadal. “I would never have dreamed that I would be able to do so. I’m very happy to have won here and it is especially important to have won in Madrid.

“Beating Roger is always a special occasion. It’s always a very difficult match. And of course winning at home is very special against anyone. So beating him at home is amazing; it’s a dream for me. For me it’s a dream to have won the three [tournaments] before Roland Garros. I want to enjoy that now and we’ll see what happens in two weeks.”

“Neither of us played a perfect match, we both made mistakes,” reflected Nadal. “At times we did play well but I think we know each other so much that we are only focusing on how to make each other play worse. I go for his backhand and that makes the match more strategic and it’s been quite an exciting match. It was a very exciting match, a very level match, as is usually the case, and playing against Roger is a very special experience and quite an honour.”

2 Responses

  1. CC says:

    “…and playing against Roger is a very special experience and quite an honour.”

    Awww…that’s so sweet!

  2. Fay says:

    Yes I always remember him saying that! he has a huge amount of respect for Roger but never enough to want to beat him no?… his attitude towards Roger during the match was an example ofhow a great sportsman should behave during line call queries and he certainly showed Roger how it is done!