Rafa’s quarterfinal presser transcript:
How would you rank your level on that match?
RAFAEL NADAL: My level? It wasn’t one of my best matches. That’s the real thing.
I didn’t play very well tonight. I think I started match playing really well, but later when I had the break at the second, after the break of the second, I don’t know which game I had the break of the second, but after that I started to play more defensive, no? To
On-court interview via the ATP:
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Rafa took on #6 Jo-Willfried Tsonga in Friday’s last match. I really don’t know what to say about this match. Tsonga was so far off for most of it that I had no feel for how Rafa was playing (other than he was clearly trying to hit deep). Then, despite how he was playing, Tsonga broke when Rafa got tight while serving for the match. Why in the world would Rafa be that nervous when playing someone so off? Tsonga started playing better;
Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Nishikori – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Rafa Nadal: “Llegaré hasta donde la rodilla pueda” – EFE via as.com (mangle)
Nadal no jugará ante Austria en la Copa Davis – by Joan Solsona (marca.com). Here’s the mangle – which kind of leaves an important word out of the title, no?.
Nadal to miss Davis Cup quarter-final – via ESPN STAR
Away from tennis court, Rafael Nadal seeks
Rafa’s 4th round presser transcript (thanks, Goldenboy):
Q. Well done. The score didn’t quite reflect the match. It was a bit tougher than that, wasn’t it?
RAFAEL NADAL: At the beginning, yes. The beginning was a very tough match for me. I think I start playing more aggressive, I started playing shorter, so I suffered a lot with my serves the beginning of the match.
But seriously later, at the end of the first set, I felt that I start to win my
Photos from today’s win against Nishikori.
Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity, and Al Bello/Getty Images
Videos from Rafa’s 4th round match against Nishikori.
Rafa had two early wake up calls today. One: he was first up on the main stadium in Miami. Two: his opponent #16 Kei Nishikori earned break points in the first game (which lasted 13 minutes) and then broke him in the third. That seemed to kick-start Rafa a bit and he broke back the next game. Rafa’s holds got easier as he stepped things up. After holding for 5-4, he called the trainer. His left leg was wrapped immediately