First up, the blog entry. It’s all about convenience. I’d like to say, I’d find it convenient to see a Rafa/Marc! karaoke.
I am writing this blog tonight a bit later than in the past days. I started the week by writing before going to dinner and that way I could tell you fresh stories just coming from the site. Tonight we had scheduled to go out to dinner at 9.30 pm. As a matter of fact we were all downstairs at that time to go for dinner but at the lobby we stayed watching the final moments of the Monfils v Fognini match. It took so long, they played almost until 10pm, could see anything and on top of that it was very exciting to watch.
Today we had the first rain of the tournament. Hopefully it won’t rain tomorrow since I am scheduled to play fourth match on centre. This time is not the best of times. I know that someone has to play fourth and I am not complaining.
I am simply saying that it is not the most convenient time. For me or for any of the players. The reason is that if it rains during the day and the previous matches are long then we could risk of not playing tomorrow. If that’s the case then the winner of my match would play two days in a row and that during a Grand Slam is not the most convenient thing since the matches are best of five sets and that day of rest is really important. Just wanted to explain it to you.
Thanks all for being there.
I can just imagine him watching the Fogini/Monfils match and being glad he wasn’t stuck in that massive mess. Oh, and Fogini is another client of Benito. And it looks like the chance of rain is low for tomorrow, let’s hope that the weather people have it right.
And now, the Q&A
Does your family still play practical jokes on you, like when you were a kid and you thought you were invisible? – Atch, Thailand
Rafa: I think I am a bit older and more difficult to do these kind of things. I would say it is me now doing it..
I’m sure he’s enjoying playing the jokes on his wee cousins. (And you are on a roll, Atch!)
The weather has turned to rain this afternoon. How much of a difference do the heavier conditions make to the courts and what do you change to your game plan? – Clare
Rafa: In my case I didn’t have to play today so it was OK. It did affect my practice since it rained during the 2 hours I was supposed to practice, I believe it is not going to rain tomorrow afternoon so it really won’t affect me. But clearly the courts become heavier and slower if it rains. The sun makes them faster and the balls too.
But I still want to know if heavier courts/balls benefit him. The press always seems to say it does, but it seems like the lower bouncing ball wouldn’t help him. Guess I shouldn’t have included an offer to kill someone to make the Marc! duet happen when I submitted my question.
Hi Rafa, does it make you more nervous when stars like Ronaldo, Raoul and Zidane turn up to watch you play? Good luck, Rafa – you can do it! – Love Sam
Rafa: Not really. Probably more when I meet them… :-)
*pictures shy grin* *approves*
Hello Rafa! We all know you are a huge fan and a great advocate of the Davis Cup, having served Spain so well. However, do you think that a “World Cup” for tennis could work? – Wooffs
Rafa: It is too early to talk about these things. I have heard this idea before.
Don’t ask Rafa to talk about something until he’s ready! He’s still busy sucking down his energy pack.
In the past, I read that you watched series of Lost or Prison Break. What are you currently watching at the moment? – Kim, London
Rafa: I am watching the movie Moby Dick, a classic.
Heh. He said Dick. Heh. (Hey, I started a pattern and now feel compelled to write something cheeky after after question, no matter how freaking lame it is.) But honestly, it’s always good to see those dang youngsters paying attention to the classics. Unless he means the 1998 TV version. Then, not too classic, but at least it includes Patrick Stewart.
We heard Jake Gyllenhaall, the actor who plays the Prince of Persia in his new movie, said he was inspired by you (physically) while creating the character. What do you think about it? Did you ever play the original video game? Many thanks and best of luck! – Upoma & Paroma, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rafa: Nope, Never played it. I think someone told me about this or read about it. I am thankful to what he said, hopefully we can meet one day and I can thank him personally.
With a shy smile on your face?
Not long ago, they used to say that the surface of Monte Carlo was quite similar than Roland Garros. Looking at the aces in Roland Garros compared with Monte Carlo, I wonder if that’s true. More importantly, there are rumours doing the rounds that they’re gradually making the Roland Garros surface faster with a thinner layer of clay so that it almost plays like a hardcourt surface. Since I have no way of having this confirmed, may I ask your expert opinion on that: Is it true? – Jules
Rafa: The conditions in Monte Carlo are the most similar to the ones in Roland Garros. The courts here are really good and I don’t see much of a change with previous years to be honest.
So, there you go.
Have you had any time to ride your Harley motorcycle back home in between tournaments this year? Amanda, USA
Rafa: Yes, a bit. But I am not a good driver… So i am safer with a car in my hands…
Oh, thank the gods.