A transcript of Rafa’s presser after his 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Wawrinka is up on ubitennis.com.
Q. It seems you found the calm and the movement you were wishing for at the start of the tournament. Do you feel that you’ve reached another step that you needed to have before the semifinal?
RAFAEL NADAL: Obviously I really am playing better here. I’m happy the way that I played today especially. Was my best match on the tournament without any doubt.
I said I need to
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m exhausted. Thank goodness we get a break after this. Oh. It’s killing me that they are already showing commercials for Wimbledon. I know it’s right around the corner, but let me come to grips with the sleep deprivation the current slam is causing before reminding me that there’s no end in sight.
Rafa steamrollers Stan – by Andrew Lilley (rolandgarros.com)
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Photos from today’s solid win over Wawrinka.
Photos by REUTERS/Vincent Kessler, REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes, Julian Finney/Getty Images, AP Photo/Petr David Josek, AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Miguel Medina, and Patrick Kovarik
Rafa played #10 Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros today. Going in to the match, Rafa had 9-0 record against Stan and hadn’t lost a set to him. That didn’t change today. Rafa looked to have more colm today and was finding his shots with greater frequency. All in all, today’s match was a good new. Rafa’s through: 6-2. 6-3, 6-1.
Rafa Edges Novak In Year-End No. 1 Battle – via atpworldtour.com
Return Of Serve Analysis: Rafael Nadal Barely Survives Ernests Gulbis – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com)
French Open 2013 – Rafael Nadal looking sharp ahead of Roland Garros – via crunchsports.com
Check out kulitat’s flickr stream for some photos.
Some practice photos
Photos from Rafa’s quarterfinal win over Ferrer.
Photos by Clive Mason/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Tony Gentile
AP Photo/Riccardo De LucaThe transcript from Rafa’s post quarterfinal presser is up on the tournament site:
Q: Which part of your game are you more satisfied with today
R. Nadal: I think almost everything and I played a great match against a difficult opponent and I played my best and the worst moment in the third I played my best tennis and I an happy. He is a fantastic player and a big example for the kids and positive and fighting and correct on court
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Post match in studio interview in English:
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In the second quarterfinal of the day in Rome, Rafa played #4 David Ferrer. I admire both guys and always find matches between them to be difficult to watch. No matter what, I’m going to be a bit heartbroken by the end of it. In the Acapulco final, I was heartbroken by how tame Ferrer seemed in his loss; in Madrid by how close he came to winning only to not be able to close it out.
Rafa broke in
The transcript from Rafa’s quarterfinal presser is up on ASAP Sports.
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
RAFAEL NADAL: Hello. Sorry for the lateness. It was a little complicated.
Heh, when isn’t it complicated?
Q. Congratulations for your victory. After how the match went, after playing against who you’ve played, I think you’re a little bit more inflated with confidence. Looking forward to what you have tomorrow or the next day?
RAFAEL NADAL: For the moment you have to look at what we have tomorrow.