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TheTruth
04-09-2008, 03:51 PM
Player Blog: Rafael Nadal @ the Sony Ericsson Open



SUNDAY, APRIL 6

Hi everyone,

Well, this is my last blog for tennis.com from Miami and I have to say that I have enjoyed it. I did, believe me. I think it also brought me some luck and I enjoyed it much.

I am writing this blog from my hotel room on Sunday. I am much better now than right after the final. I have to admit I wasn't too happy with myself today and with the performance on court. Nikolay deserved to win, he played much, much better than me today and he is the winner. No excuses. I simply didn't feel well at all. I never found my strokes, my game, my backhand, my nothing! This is why I am upset. Very upset with myself. But now it is over. Nothing I can do. I will learn again from this match and hopefully I will win a title soon again. I hope that in Monte Carlo. I need a title. I have played well, very well in the hard court season from the beginning of the year. I am happy with that. Final in Chennai, semis in Australia and Indian Wells and final here in Miami is very good. It is the best I have ever done on a swing in hard courts, so I am happy for that. I know I can play well here. I knew it already and I proved it again. It is true that I would have loved to win a tournament again. But it is nt easy. I always say it.

Anyway, Miami is almost over. I mean almost since now I am going for dinner with my team. We are going back to the Argentinean restaurant we have been going many times this week. It is called Novecento and we had a great time there always. Yesterday they were also very kind to prepare a room for us where we had lunch and watched on TV the Mallorca vs Real Madrid soccer match. My two teams playing against each other. They have prepared a nice dinner a bit of party for tonight there. I won't party too much since I lost and since I have to go tomorrow to Bremen and get ready for the Davis Cup.

Anyway it has been a pleasure writing to you. I understand this is more a place where US people read. So I am very happy for that. As I said during press conferences, I feel great here since people treat me here very good. Specially here in Miami with so many speaking Spanish. That makes it easier for me :-) You know my English is not that good so...

Take care all and thanks for all the support you've given me.

Rafa

Fedace
04-09-2008, 04:05 PM
Wonder what he ate for dinner ?? what are some of the typical argentinean dishes??

bluescreen
04-09-2008, 04:08 PM
he sounds like a really nice guy. i like how he mentioned he didnt play well, yet still acknowledged davydenko shoulve won, unlike some players (serena).

veroniquem
04-09-2008, 04:16 PM
I find the "upset at myself" bit very positive, he has to find a solution to the "final letdown" situation and I'm sure he will, he's good at figuring things out.

Nadal_Freak
04-09-2008, 08:02 PM
Vamos Rafa. Clay season is just around the corner. :)

ericsson
04-09-2008, 11:46 PM
he sounds like a really nice guy. i like how he mentioned he didnt play well, yet still acknowledged davydenko shoulve won, unlike some players (serena).

That's cause he is a nice guy! he's modest and he mean it, that's part of his education. i admit he looks a bit strange on court like a mean dog but so does Lleyton and they say he's a nice humble guy too...

Alexandros
04-09-2008, 11:52 PM
I like how he says:

"No excuses."

And then right after:

"I simply didn't feel well at all. I never found my strokes, my game, my backhand, my nothing!"

edberg505
04-10-2008, 01:45 AM
I like how he says:

"No excuses."

And then right after:

"I simply didn't feel well at all. I never found my strokes, my game, my backhand, my nothing!"

Hahaha, I was wondering when someone would point that out.

pound cat
04-10-2008, 03:05 AM
Hahaha, I was wondering when someone would point that out.


It's not an excuse, it's an explanation of why he lost, two different things. It was windy, the court was too slow/fast for my game. it was too hot/cold. the crowd was too noisy, I had a blister, I was tired from all the tennis I've been playing, my mind was on Davis Cup, "oh yes , I forgot, I've had mono/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the last few months " blah blah blah , are examples of excuses we've heard from many players.

Nadal tells it up front and always offers explanations as to what he feels went wrong. Honest assassment, good for him.

Klatu Verata Necktie
04-10-2008, 03:59 AM
Wonder what he ate for dinner ?? what are some of the typical argentinean dishes??

Steak with a side of meat. A thin piece of garnish rounds out the meal ;) There's nothing in the world better than an Argentinian steak!

caesar66
04-10-2008, 04:16 AM
It's not an excuse, it's an explanation of why he lost, two different things. It was windy, the court was too slow/fast for my game. it was too hot/cold. the crowd was too noisy, I had a blister, I was tired from all the tennis I've been playing, my mind was on Davis Cup, "oh yes , I forgot, I've had mono/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the last few months " blah blah blah , are examples of excuses we've heard from many players.

Nadal tells it up front and always offers explanations as to what he feels went wrong. Honest assassment, good for him.

If federer had said exactly what Nadal said folks on here would jump on him for being classless and giving backhanded complements to those who beat him.

veroniquem
04-10-2008, 04:42 AM
Thank you for this perfect reply

veroniquem
04-10-2008, 04:43 AM
Oops I forgot to quote, I was talking to pound cat of course...

edberg505
04-10-2008, 08:37 AM
If federer had said exactly what Nadal said folks on here would jump on him for being classless and giving backhanded complements to those who beat him.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I was getting at.

feetofclay
04-10-2008, 11:14 AM
I like how he says:

"No excuses."

And then right after:

"I simply didn't feel well at all. I never found my strokes, my game, my backhand, my nothing!"

Rafa was only reporting it as it was. It was obvious to anyone watching that he could not find his rhythm and in my opinion this is what he meant when he said,"I simply didn't feel well at all" That is, he didn't feel the ball well not that he felt physically unwell.

drakulie
04-10-2008, 01:08 PM
I wonder if he cleaned his fingers before going to dinner??