Rome: Semifinal presser transcript
A transcript (such as it is) of Rafa’s post semifinal presser is up on the tournament’s site.
Q: You feel you played your best match of the week
R. Nadal: I am sure about the first set – I need to see in the TV as your thoughts are not 100% exact but the first set was fantastic and I played a high level and everything well and no mistakes and changing direction and playing inside the court and good percentage on the times and dominating the point and following to the net and I think I played one of the best matches since I am back.
Better than the Acapulco final? Interesting.
Q: Are you a player that likes to peak at the French Open and build up. It must be great to play this well but is it so soon.
R. Nadal: I am not this guy – I try the best every day and don’t talk about Roland Garros before the Roland Garros and love every tournament in the clay court season in Europe and in every tournament has a big history and is important and so my feeling is that Rome, Madrid, Barcelona and Montecarlo don’t deserve to be the preparation for Roland Garros and I don’t feel these tournaments this way and I try and do my best and the Roland Garros is important but it is not the only tournament in the world. To win any of these is very important.
THERE ARE NO WARM-UPS, PEOPLE! NO WARM-UPS! *ahem*
Q: If I am not wrong but it has been 8 finals in a row – is this incredible after 8 months off and now the finals in Rome and you are number one in the race
R. Nadal: I was already yesterday number one but these are only numbers and in Rome I am in the right way and playing well regularly and not up and down and to play finals in Rome you have to be fresh mentally and I am and I am focused and happy what I am doing and this is not new for me and after what happened last year every match is important and I am enjoying every moment and 8 finals in a row is wonderful and 4 – 5 months ago it was impossible to think about this and what we have here today and I hope to play very well and I am very happy to win the final and any result will be a fantastic result and if I lose it will also be very good and so talking about the clay court season.
Love that he knew yesterday. I mean, of course he would, but I still love it.
Q: When you were injured Djokovic and Murray played the USA Open, Shanghai and the Australian Open final and Djokovic and Murray were the new big rivals. Were people too quick to say this
R. Nadal: No – that is what happened at that moment and you need to write and this is what happened at that moment and we cannot lie about the past and they are fantastic players and at the end they are only one year younger that me and not 5 or 6 and they are very good and I am not saying that this cannot happen and they are 1 ad 2 and I am number 5 and I think that I am better that the number 5 of the ranking without 7 months with zero points …. It is am amazing number.
Holy crap. I wish I had video of this so I could watch it and then knowingly point and laugh at that transcript. As it is, I’m just sitting here confused.
Q: 2 days ago you talked about the level now and when you started from the beginning and which match you played well and Madrid and Barcelona. What is you level now compared to the best Rafa on clay – you win a lot. Which is the difference. Is it physical or what.
R. Nadal: I hope for a lot of years I have always had success on clay and sometimes playing better and sometimes worse but normally a good result and good feelings on clay and in this period ….. I played not good in Sao Paolo and in Acapulco I played good and a high level in the final and then in Indian Wells I played well and today I played great and I don’t know where is my best level but it is difficult to say 100% or 90% but I cannot say I am now happy and I said last week I was playing much better in Madrid than Montecarlo and Barcelona and against Gulbis I don’t think I played well but yesterday I played well and I had a fantastic match
Dear transcriptionist, punctuation is important. “But I cannot say. I am now happy.” Is very different from “but I cannot say I am now happy”. In one, I have a happy tennis player. In the other, not. (And yes, I realize that my grammar isn’t good, but it’s better than that!)
Q: And perhaps we’ll see tomorrow …. it may happen that you play Federer and he is 5 years older – could this be the last time in a great final and he is slowing a little bit down and its more exciting the idea that it could be the last duel of a great rivalry
R. Nadal: If my memory is not bad — I’m not talking about you – but some of you thought about that some years ago and we are here in 2013 and he is number 2 in the world and I am number 5 after not playing months and we are still playing good and I hope that this is not going to be the last time and we will play tomorrow perhaps in the final. The results are there and you cannot be number 2 if you don’t play great for weeks and his results in the semis in Indian Wells and Wimbledon last year and the finals in the Olympics and he lost in the semi and then he played the final of the Masters Cup and this is not 2 years ago and then he lost in Indian Wells against me and he stopped for some months and then he lost against Nishgori and then not one week later had has a good chance to be in the final but I an not a specialist and I think that Roger is still here.
Nishgori? Nishgori? BTW, sounds like sarcastic Rafa was in full effect there at the end. At least, I think so. It’s a bit difficult to tell. But since I like sarcastic Rafa, I’m going to assume he showed up.
Q: In France we are waiting since Noah for 30 years and Spain has had 12 titles – do you this is logical – what is your explanation
R. Nadal: It is what it is….. I don’t know why – and it is not a coincidence . Its because in Spain there has been good generations in a row meaning that also there is in France but winning Grand Slams and important titles is difficult and what we had in Spain is success and it is not for ever and so this is a combination and it is difficult to have amazing generations in a row like Sweden some time ago …… they had Soderling and I hope this will not happen with Spain in the next few years and this is normal and this happens and perhaps we will have a lot of winners of Grand Slams and you have the possibility and the French federation gives more help that the Spanish federation
Because only insane people play tennis in France? (Hey, I love me some French tennis players, but they are often a bit batty.) This question is being asked in Rome. Look around for a lesson on the rise and fall of nations. You’ll probably learn more that way than asking someone who is in the middle of creating their own history.
Q: Yesterday you were wondering how to recover form 5 hours – how did you do it
R. Nadal: I was tired today after the first set and I tried to play with a lot of energy and since I woke up I tried to move and all day and at the end of the match I felt tired a little but ……. no injury and so I was lucky
Yeah, it was just luck. *snort*