An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What are your thoughts after the game?
RAFAEL NADAL: Happy. Happy always starting Grand Slam. Winning in three
sets is good news, so very happy to be in second round.
Q. What were your thoughts maybe through the first set, because it
didn't look like it was all going to be as easy as you thought it might
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I never thought it was going to be an easy match
before going on court. And, sure, playing the first round of one Grand
Slam, you know, you know always the first round is a little bit more
nervous and you have to start. First rounds are always difficult to play
So I thought gonna be a tough match. First set was tough. Later was
Q. Did you step it up in that tiebreak? Did you find something in that
tiebreak and go on with it from there?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think, well, Peter was playing really well in the
first set. I was playing shorter than usual. I played with more
So late in the tiebreak he had three mistakes, so he helped me. And I
was serving well, so I won the tiebreak. After that I started to play
longer, I started to play more aggressive, so I started to play more my
Q. What is the difference, when you say you started to play longer, more
aggressive? Is it just confidence and getting more belief in the second
and third sets?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, when you relax a little bit. The first set I had the
chances for the breakpoint. One breakpoint I played well, but I had the
passing shot mistake to the net, very close, and he played well.
So you start always. I said before, a little bit more nervous than
usual. When you win first set you relax a little bit more, you can play
more your game, no?
I think I did. I was playing really well, practicing before in Doha and
Abu Dhabi, too. I think I'm always in the right way. I told you before,
when you relaxed, you have the chance to play more your tennis.
Q. How was the crowd?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always is nice. The atmosphere here always in Australia is
special. The crowd are emotional. I played few matches against Lleyton,
too, here. Against an Australian, he has big supporters.
Q. Were you having some problems with your shoes or the grip on the
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I think the problem my shoes was a little bit more
used than what I thought before the match. I was slipping a little bit
more. I gonna change for next one, new ones.
Q. A bit old, were they, the shoes?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, wasn't old. But here the court, yeah, I started to
play with the new shoes two days ago, but the court here is aggressive.
Behind the foot was thinner than what I expected.
Q. And the fingers?
RAFAEL NADAL: The blister.
Q. Are you in favor of this World Cup of tennis that people are talking
RAFAEL NADAL: We will see. We will see what's going on. I think ATP
wants to do something. Sure, World Cup with all the players, best player
of the world and playing for your country, with good organization and a
big event, for sure I am in favor.
Q. You seem a bit slimmer than last year, a bit lighter.
RAFAEL NADAL: Can we bring scales tomorrow? Everybody ask me the same.
If we bring something here, I gonna put... I have the same weight than
last year. I weigh the same five years ago. I didn't change.
Q. After the match, Jim Courier was asking you about last year,
reflecting on the semifinal, the final. Coming back to Melbourne, have
you been thinking about that a lot?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am thinking about try to play good tournament. Sure,
when I walk around and I see my picture there, being on the floor, so
always is a very nice memories.
You know, was one of the more emotional victories of my career,
semifinals and final. So always when you come back in a big event like
this, you remember the matches.
Q. Is it an advantage having the feature match at night now being the
earlier match? You know when your starting time is going to be.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sure is good if you have exactly the time what
you're gonna play. But it's true we play indoors, too.
But anyway, I am happy to finish. I feel lucky to finish my match today.
That's important. I was a lot of times in the other situation than the
rest of the players. Is not easy wait all the day to play.
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