September 1, 2008
Q. How difficult was that match?
RAFAEL NADAL: It was difficult, no? It was very difficult, especially
after my big mistake in the second set. I was playing normal, fine.
Nothing special, but nothing bad.
I had the match under control, no? 6‑4 break, but he break back for me.
But I can't understand exactly, because I was serving against wind and
was difficult because the wind was heavy today.
But with the 5‑4 on serve, I didn't lose any serve with the wind. With
the wind in my favor, I didn't lose any game during all the match, and I
lost the game in 0, no? So it was terrible.
Later he break me another time, so the match was crazy like that, no? I
served it very bad in the second, so in the third ‑‑ but the important
thing I played my best tennis in the tiebreak.
Q. Did he impress you?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I know him. I know him. He has a good serve. I think
he start playing not very good, and later he play better. But he's a
good player, no? We know that.
Q. How much did the Olympics help your confidence at hard courts? This
look like the most comfortable you've ever been here so far over the
RAFAEL NADAL: Not today. The Olympics maybe didn't help me right now for
this tournament, no? The Olympics was one of the most important title in
my careera. But I was playing good in hard court before the Olympics,
I won in Toronto, semifinals in Cincinnati, and semifinal in Indian
Wells and Australia, and Miami final, no, so the results was very good,
Q. When you come into a Grand Slam, do you anticipate that, yes, there
will be one match maybe in the middle where you won't be playing so well
and you'll have to fight a lot and be fighting against yourself?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think too much. I don't think those things before
the tournament, no?
I just go and try my best ever match, no? It's not in Grand Slam; in
every tournament you have one bad day. That's the normal thing.
Important thing is win. When you are playing not your best, the
important thing is win. I did today, so I have a chance for practice
tomorrow and for play another time on Wednesday. So that's the important
thing. I'm very happy for that.
Q. Do you feel fully recovered from the travel from Beijing?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, if I don't feel recovered after two weeks, we have a
big problem, no?
Q. The ATP is making a change with Etienne having left. You are now in a
position of power within the ATP.
RAFAEL NADAL: You never know.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about what you would like to see this new
person to do most importantly when he or she comes in?
RAFAEL NADAL: For me, most important thing is, first of all, a little
bit more communication than the past.
For sure, the second thing is one person who knows a little bit about
the tennis, no? And one person who wants to talk about with the persons
who knows the tennis well.
Because Etienne, well, had some new ideas, so that's my opinion. Wasn't
bad, because, you know, always when you have a change, you can be wrong,
but you can be right, no?
So he had the change, so in my opinion, that is fine, but the wrong
thing is ‑‑ well, never talk for the other people, for ‑‑ to consult
another people who really knows the tennis, no?
Well, in my opinion a lot of people knows the tennis. Tour managers was
here since more than ten years and never talk with these guys who know
about how was the problems for the tennis for the last few years.
I think they know better which problems they have then the new CEO that
was Etienne, no? So I think the new have to have more communication with
the people who knows the tennis good.
Q. Will the schedule be one of the things, one of the problems?
RAFAEL NADAL: The schedule, when you start, first of all, the 1st of
January and you finish the 20th of December, 25th or 30th of November,
it's always going to be a big problem, because it's very difficult be at
100% 11 months during the year, no? So that's tough for the players.
But for the rest, the calendar worst than this year going to be
impossible. So anything going to be better.
Q. How fresh do you feel going into the quarterfinals now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Normal. Probably I am not in the freshest moment in my
life, but I am fine. So important thing, I am there.
I am in the quarterfinals. I have a tough match against Fish. Hopefully
I have to play my best for the last part of the tournament, no?
Q. Can you talk about what will the keys be to playing Fish? He'll be is
different type of player, a lot of serve and volley and attacking the
RAFAEL NADAL: He's a very good player, no? He played the final in New
Haven last week. He played the final in Indian Wells too this year.
So he's a dangerous player in hard court, no? Right now he's playing
very well. Big serve, very good backhand, good volley.
So he's playing with big confidence, and I have to play very well if I
want to win.
Q. How much does the excitement of New York City fire you up now? You
must be enjoying the Big Apple?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't have a lot of chance for enjoy, no? I practice
every day, I play, so ‑‑ one day I going to come for holidays another
time, no? I did in the past.
Q. Last year when you were here, you were very concerned about the
health of your knees, especially at hard courts. Have you solved that
problem? Are your knees feeling better?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I am fine, no? Last year I didn't have a lot of
problems. I only have the problem in the final of Wimbledon and here
another time, no? The big problem was ‑‑ the two times when I had the
problem was in Grand Slam, so...
But I feel very well physically, no? The last few years, very happy for
that. For sure I'm a little bit worried about the tennis, because it's
moving always in the way for play more and more in hard surfaces, no?
Hard surfaces, I think, is more difficult for the body, no? You go to
the trainer's room. When I go, I am never alone, so that's not a good
news for the sport, no? So we have to think a little bit about that.
Q. Many people have said your victory over Roger at Wimbledon was the
best match in tennis history. When you think back to the match and
everything that happened, and greeting your family and the Spanish
royalty, what was the most special moment or memory that you have from
that match, that experience?
RAFAEL NADAL: Everything for me was very, very nice, no? I start winning
two sets to Love, but I think was little bit lucky, because he had 4‑1
in the second.
Later, we stop, I have big chance in the third with Love‑40 ‑‑ 3‑All,
Love‑40, I think. He served well and then bad returning the 30‑40, and
for the rest of the match, was amazing, no?
I have amazing double fault in the 5‑2. Later in the fifth, anything can
happen there, no? But most important thing, well, the more special
moment for me was when Roger push the forehand to the net, no? For sure
Q. Could you see then? At that time, could you see what was going on? It
RAFAEL NADAL: It was very dark. The last game was very dark. Too dark.
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