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  1. Crisstti

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    He sure was :)
    I liked his analysis of the other players.

    So... no then? :)

    He knows well Feliciano's game and how to beat him...
     
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    I thought the Rafa/Feli match was a bit messy from both, Rafa did play better near the end though. Hoping he can get past the QF mark tomorrow.
     
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    I don't think Nadal enjoyed that match vs Lopez at all. He won't say it, but playing the best friend isn't easy.
     
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    (Nobody's posted this yet? I love how confident Rafa sounds, and he's got the calm back. Yay. That's the new and it's fabulous new. :) )

    R. NADAL/T. Berdych

    6‑7, 7‑6, 6‑4, 6‑3


    Q. The level of play tonight was quite exceptional. How did you manage to turn the match around, do you think?

    RAFAEL NADAL: At the beginning wasn't exceptional for me.

    Q. For him maybe?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe, but I think the level of the third and fourth set for me was very, very high, top level for myself playing on these courts. Very happy about how I finished the match. I think I finished playing at very, very high level.

    The first set especially I felt that I started the match too nervous, no? I wasn't able to hit the ball long. My movements weren't enough strong, enough fast.

    It's true is difficult against a player like him, because you don't have chances on return. He hit the ball very, very hard and very flat. Very difficult to find the rhythm.

    But I had to do it a little bit earlier, no? I was a little bit unlucky at the end of the first set. I was lucky with the 5‑4. I saved that three points, four set points. But I was unlucky with the 5‑All, because I believe that ball was out.

    The umpire was right. I didn't discuss with the umpire his decision, because I know that if we had the rule book and we read how the rule is, he's right.

    But I am not happy. They are there to make something, not just to call 15‑All or 15‑30 all the match. That's the only thing I'm unhappy about.

    The rest, I know he's right. I came back to the middle. But, you know, is natural act, because in the 5‑All, seriously I saw the ball out, and I believed that the line called something. For sure wasn't like this, but that is what I believe at that moment and I stopped.

    But anyway, very happy with anything. Semifinals is fantastic result for me. Start the season with semifinals in the first big tournament of the season is very good news.

    The level is very positive, much, much better than the end of the season. The character on court, the way to win the points, everything was much more positive, so I'm very happy.

    Q. With Novak being No. 1 and now when you play Roger it's 2 versus 3, is it still as special as it ever was for you to play Roger?

    RAFAEL NADAL: The numbers are important, No. 1 and No. 2, No. 3, No. 4. The ranking is important, but when we talk about a player who won 16 Grand Slams and I won 10 and we played a lot of matches between each other and all ones, in very important moments for our careers and very high moments.

    So the match is special. I don't know how many we played, but the most were finals or a few semifinals in a Masters Cup.

    But for everything, for what represents the match, all the matches against him are special and will be special even if we are 20 against 25.

    Q. Five hours and 40 minutes with Verdasco, four and 16 minutes with Berdych, but two different matches. One celebration tonight; the other more rhythm. Which was hard are for you? Which one was more tiring? Is it more difficult for you to recover now or not?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I want to believe that was harder in 2009, but I am three years older.

    Q. That's why I'm asking.

    RAFAEL NADAL: No 2009 matches; 2009 was much harder. Was harder, I believe. After the match I really couldn't move next day. I hope tomorrow I will be able to practice with normal conditions, but not perfect condition, but I will be able to practice.

    2009, the day after, I wasn't able to practice. That's important.

    Q. Why were you nervous in the first two sets against a guy you had won nine matches in a row against?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Every match is completely different, and every situation is completely different, too, no?

    I was nervous because he was playing well. I thought that I didn't put enough balls in when I was returning, so I only had a break point in that second game, so ‑‑ two break points.

    For the rest, I felt it was really important match for me, because quarters to semis is a big chance. You start with very good feeling the season. You know, quarterfinals is not a bad result, but at the same time is not a good one, no?

    Semifinals is a good one. Is start of season being in the four best of the first important tournament of the season. So is very good way to start the season.

    That's why maybe I start the season a little bit nervous, and that's human. That's what it is. But the attitude was positive, because was the right one to overcome the situation.

    I did, and finally I think I finished the match playing at one of my best ‑‑ fourth set was one of my best levels on this kind of surface, returning inside the court, making a lot of winners from with the first ball, the return, having serve, and winner.

    So that's something that I really miss a little bit, especially second part of the season last year. The first part of the season was positive, but winning with a different way, not that way.

    So most important thing too is the character. How I acted on court was completely the right one tonight. For moments at the second half of the season last year wasn't. Was not the perfect one. Today was the perfect one.

    Q. I would guess that you probably against Roger are going to have to play how you played in the third and fourth sets rather than the first and second, because maybe he won't give you a chance to come back in the match.

    RAFAEL NADAL: I will try my best from the beginning. I tried my best from the beginning tonight.

    Sometimes the things didn't work as good as you would like, but that's the sport. I will try from the beginning if happens the same than tonight.

    So I will keep fighting with positive attitude, and the normal thing is lose. But if I play like the third or fourth set, hopefully I will have my, you know, my chances.

    Always playing in these kind of surfaces he's the favorite. His level is fantastic, and he won today a fantastic match against one of the best players of the world, Del Potro. So he's doing very, very well. Did he lose a set yet?

    Q. No.

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. So he's doing well and he's playing fantastic and he had a fantastic end of the season last year. So he's coming with confidence. It will be a very, very difficult match for me, and I will try.

    But for me, the most important thing I had the calm. The feeling of the level of my game during all the tournament was really satisfying. Even if I lose, I come back home with very positive feeling about how I played, and for sure the result is good.

    For me, semifinals after two years with troubles, injuries, is, you know, I must be happy for that.

    Q. The last eight times you've played Roger in a Grand Slam final you've won six of those. Does that fill you with confidence going into the next match?

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. I prefer that, but, no, every match is different, and I know I will be on court playing against probably the best of the history, playing well him.

    So obviously my only way and my only chance to win is play aggressive, play very well, and to play to a limit. That's what I gonna try.

    Q. Still Rafa, to play best of five seems an advantage for you, to be honest. I mean, you won the last four times you've played against him, best‑of‑five sets, and he's 30 years old. Okay, great class, great talent, we know it. But physically normally you're stronger, or no?

    RAFAEL NADAL: If happens the same than in the Masters Cup three months ago the physical performance doesn't affect. (Laughter.) Hopefully will never repeat.

    If the match stays strong and the physical performance affects on the result, hopefully that's gonna be a little bit advantage for me or not, because he's very fit.

    He never had the physical problems. No injuries, no problems. Very good, you know.

    Q. Just on that point about the umpire's decision in the tiebreak, do you think that Hawk‑Eye has stopped umpiring as they used to? They're a little bit concerned about making decisions because they know they have the camera?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I like the Hawk‑Eye. I like the idea. But, yes. I agree with you. I think, you know, that with the Hawk‑Eye the umpires have much less pressure than before.

    Carlos is a fantastic umpire, one of the best on tour. But for everybody the work when now is match is much easier. They don't feel the pressure than before, because at the end, if you want to stop, you stop.

    So that's why sometimes I miss more overrule. Because happen before I had to stop one point. One ball was clear out, and another ball there. You can see like this. I had to ask the Hawk‑Eye, because remain more overrules on the umpires. That's my feeling.


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  6. vernonbc

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    Rafa was fierce during the Berdych match. :D

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    Berdych vs Nadal was the most fierce match of the decade. Hope Nadal does the same vs Federer. You know Federer ain't going to energize the crowd.
     
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    I sure hope he brings the same fierceness to the Fed match! I'll be pissed if he doesn't...
    I can't help but start dreaming about 4 slam finals in a row now :)
     
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    Nadal might as well. It's not like he has anything more worthwhile to do on Thursday than beat Federer. Then have a 2 day holiday. That is long enough.
     
  10. Crisstti

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    Wait a second, did Rafa say that Federer is the favourite?. :shock:
    That's a crime according to some here. Wait for the trolls ;)
     
  11. Crisstti

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    We were waiting for you to post it. We knew you would :).

    Good question, actually.

     
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    Yes he was. My GS watching experience is not complete without a rollercoaster Rafa match.
     
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    Too bad he can't sustain that level like he used to be able to. Look for him to come out flat against Fed. One of the problems that have developed in Nadal's game over the last year or so has been he is not as consistent throughout his matches or in consecutive matches anymore. It's almost guaranteed he will play like garbage in the semifinals.
     
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    I'm not good at handling that. I switched the channel several times, hardly saw the second set. Now I wish I hadn't done that, but well. :?
     
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    :) You should stick through the whole match it's nervewracking but totally worth it.
     
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    Well, it's worth it only if he wins :)

    But I should stick through the whole match. Let's see if I do this time :)
     
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    That 2nd photo of Nadal - is that a tennis ball coming out of his butt? Maybe that's why he picked for so many years - maybe he won't do that anymore now.
     
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    ***anti-jinx*** ***anti-jinx*** ***anti-jinx*** ***anti-jinx*** ***anti-jinx*** :D

    Nerve wracking is an understatement! Ever since Rafa won the French Open in 2010 I've been surprisingly calm about Rafa's matches, even that glorious US Open although the tears flowed after he won that and the career grand slam with it, but it started to get frustrating late last year because you could see how it was killing him inside to not be playing as well as we and he know(s) he can. I have to admit though that I got awfully tense during that Berdych match. How could you not get wound up when you saw how much intensity he was feeling and how hard he was playing. That was Rafa at his most glorious. :)
     
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    I am too. I was so happy to read that comment, that he "had the calm". He's used that phrase often when he's feeling good and feeling confident with his game. He can't play without 'the calm' so let's hope that it's back for good for our Rafa. :)
     
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    It's almost guaranteed that you will be wrong again. And again. And again.
     
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    We'll see soon enough,Bullzilla.
     
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    (I'm a little quicker this time. :) Rafa's happy. He's happy with how he played, he's happy that he won, he's happy that his more aggressive style is working, he's happy that he's in the final, he's a happy happy boy! And I'm a happy happy fan. )

    R. NADAL/R. Federer

    6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4

    Q. Congratulations. How do you think you have succeeded to turn this match around tonight?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much. Well, I think he started playing aggressive, very, very high level at the beginning of the match.

    Always you can do a little bit more, no? But I really felt that when he plays like this, it's almost impossible to rise there to that level, no?

    But after the first three games I started to have the chance to hit balls, to play with a little bit with my rhythm, so I started to hit a few good forehands so I felt that the point stays.

    So before one shot winner, another shot winner, so almost impossible for me, no?

    After that moment I felt that the level start to be closer and closer. I had the break in the 42, and for the rest of the set I think anything can happen.

    I felt at the end of the first set that my level was there, close to him. For moments I felt dominant at the end of the first set. That gives me confidence.

    You know, finally I lost the set, but even the first game of the second that he had the break he was playing with the wind in his favor, so he played fantastic game, first game of the second.

    But that moment was a little bit more calm, because in just the first game of the second set I felt that I had chances on my returned, too. So was very important to have break back in the next game.

    But in general, after that I think I started to play aggressive. I started to play my game finally. I had the chance to move him a little bit more. Open the court from his forehand after changing to his backhand.

    I didn't play as I played hundreds of times against him. I didn't play all the time against his backhand like I did a lot of times.

    Today I think I played more normal match, playing in his backhand, playing in his forehand, too.

    I really wanted to do that before the match, because I felt that in the last match against him in London he played very aggressive with his backhand, so he was very inside the court. Was very difficult for me to find, you know, spaces to move him, no?

    Even the final of Roland Garros, the same. He played more aggressive with his backhand. On clay is different. You have more time.

    But today went on court with the idea change a little bit more the direction against him, and in my opinion it worked well. Because I think he was a little bit tired.

    Q. When you're in a match like that and he has started so well, can you draw on your experience to having beaten him now so many times in Grand Slam matches? Can that be an inspiration for you even when he's playing well?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Any moment is different, and what happened in the past is past. Last match against him was 63, 6Love in 50 minutes.

    Q. That's not a Grand Slam.

    RAFAEL NADAL: Not Grand Slam, different conditions. What give me more calm is I play best of five. I play not indoor. I play outdoors. That's always a little bit more advantage for me, because when you play indoor, when you play best of three, he plays aggressive. Is very difficult to come back when he start like this, no?

    Playing best of five outdoor, you normally have more time to do things and to try to find solutions and on the problem that he's causing, no?

    So in general, I am happy about how I did. I think I played a good match with some mistakes, as usual. But I tried to play aggressive with my forehand, trying to hit winners with my forehand.

    I did for moments. For moments I had few mistakes with the backhand. But I am trying with the backhand to not go behind the baseline, to stay in the baseline, to hit the ball earlier than before.

    That's something that I am working on and something that we believe that I have to keep improving, to don't lose court, to play more inside. It's working well.

    I a, very happy about my result on these two weeks. I did much better than what I thought, what I dreamed for three weeks ago. So very happy for everything. It's a fantastic victory for me. Very, very happy playing against the greatest of the history in semifinals, big match on Rod Laver.

    It's one of the victories that's gonna stay in my mind forever, no? It's a fantastic way to start the season. Very happy for everything. He deserves to be there because, in my opinion, he was a little bit unlucky for the last year and a half in a few matches.

    He was a little bit unlucky in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon; a little bit in the semifinals on the US Open. So he had the chance to win more Grand Slams the last year and a half, and he lost a few matches that he really had chances to win.

    Today he had his chances, too. So the match was close. Anything can happen there. I won.

    Q. You celebrated like it was a final. Did it feel like that to you?

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. Didn't feel like that. I feel like semifinals match of Grand Slam. That's a very important match for me. Start the season with the final here is a fantastic start, and that's give me a lot of confidence. That's give me a lot of calm. At the same time, that's give me confidence about how I working.

    You know, I working in few things that are working well. With nothing of practice, just thinking a little bit about what we have to do to be better player. I really didn't had the chance to practice a lot. I practiced one week and a half in Mallorca.

    Seriously, Doha was a very important tournament for me. Qatar I think I played very, very well there, because I arrived without preparation. Play four matches there was decisive to my preparation for Melbourne, no?

    So was a very important tournament. And for the rest, just these kind of matches actually better like this, because I played not bad the second half of the season in 2011. Not bad, but not very well.

    So I really need to win points to stay in the top positions of the ranking. Because the final of the US Open give me calm, yes. But for the rest I had a few struggling results in Masters 1000.

    That's a lot of points for me. It's a fantastic way to start the season.

    Q. I guess the question is whether or not you feel like you're playing aggressive enough with the forehand and more inside the court with the backhand and feeling calm enough if you have to play Novak this time to get over on him again.

    RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I happy about how I am doing. Any time to do this during all the match, as I am doing for moments for moments I am playing a little bit like before  but when I am able to play inside, to play aggressive, I think the things are working fantastic.

    I don't know if it's gonna be enough against Novak or against Andy. But what can I say? I'm very happy about my tournament. I gonna try my best to try to play a fantastic final, and hopefully I will have my chances.

    But if the opponents play better than me and he beat me, I gonna go home very happy about my tournament. I gonna go home knowing that the way that I am working is working very well, and keep working on this way. Probably this way give me a good success in the next months.

    Q. You said when you were interviewed on the court that if you were told before the tournament that you had made the final you would not believe it. Is that because of the injuries you have had or what?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I explained before the tournament. I explained that after my match on the first round of Monday, not what happened the Sunday before on my knee, something very strange.

    But that's why, because Sunday afternoon, 24 hours to play my first match, I was in my room crying because I believe I didn't had the chance to play Melbourne.

    So it was a very, very tough situation for me, these hours. Two weeks later I am here in the finals, so is a dream for me because having very bad expectations 24 hours before the first match, and now two weeks later I am playing well. I am in the final.

    Always play Grand Slam final is very good news. I played last four Grand Slams I have been in the finals, so is a great effort, I think.

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    Q. How is that knee feeling?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I am feeling great. No problems.

    Q. Do you think having the extra days to recover on the final will be a big advantage for you? Having the extra day advantage for the final? Your opponent plays tomorrow night.

    RAFAEL NADAL: I am fine physically. I believe that they are strong. They are feeling very well, very fit, so not gonna be decisive, no?

    When happens like the US Open that you play the day before, yes, because if you have five hours match, four hours 30 match, next day you can be destroyed physically, no?

    But one day in the middle, if it's not something very, very crazy, you will not have problems. I had that four hours 30 match two nights ago. I was in perfect condition today.

    So you can have a tougher match, yes, but four hours and a half is a lot. The recovery is very good, and they don't have problems on that, no?

    If you play a match like I played in 2009 against Verdasco semifinals, maybe yes, you can have a little bit troubles for the final. But that's something not usual.

    Q. Roger says he has the impression that you play your best tennis against him. Do you have that impression, as well?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I think sometimes. London I didn't play my best tennis. I play my best tennis against him when I am ready to play my best tennis. I don't play my best tennis because it's Roger in front. I play my best tennis because I am ready to play my best tennis.

    That's what I can say. Normally when I play against Roger it's because I am playing my best tennis because I always was in a finals or was in a very important matches, and having a good confidence because I have won a lot of matches before.

    It's true I played a lot of good matches against him during my career, so is something fantastic. But I believe that he played a few fantastic matches against me too during his career, during our rivalry, no?

    So I enjoy playing against him. It's always a special feeling because our matches always have been special, and especially today after a lot of ones, a lot of important moments for our careers.

    So our relationship always have always been in a very positive way. So for all of this facts our matches are special, no?

    I think hopefully we will repeat soon.

    Q. Would you rather play Andy in the final than Novak?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer the player who gonna play worse that day. (Laughter.)

    That's what I can say, no?

    Q. What are your thoughts on the other semis, and how closely will you watch that match having in mind Andy changed his coach and Djokovic had so much success against you last year?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Both players are top players, very, very high level.

    The level of tennis of both players is fantastic, so gonna be a fantastic tennis match tomorrow. I gonna watch the match, because it's gonna be a fantastic show, my opinion.

    Both are playing very well. Novak has the advantage that he won the last two Grand Slams. He's No. 1 of the world. He's coming with big confidence.

    But Andy is doing really well. Only lost one set at the first match of the tournament. After that, he won all the matches you cannot say easy, because nothing is easy but with very comfortable result.

    So when you win with a comfortable result, it is because you are playing well. That's true. So both players gonna have chances. The player who will play better tomorrow gonna be the winner.

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    And it's guaranteed that you're right. I tell ya, the Ignore button works great so that you don't have to read her nonsense. :p
     
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    At least I don't hero worship like you do. You're such a ******* you can't see the forest for the trees. All he did by winning this semi was decide he was ready to take a 7th beatdown from The Egg in a row. Some victory for him,huh? Just what do you think that's going to do to his already fragile confidence and mentality?

    And Murray would beat him too so if by some Jesus driven miracle he beats The Egg,Nadal won't get past him,either.
     
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    Q. Would you rather play Andy in the final than Novak?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer the player who gonna play worse that day. (Laughter.)

    That's what I can say, no?





    Oh Rafito :)
     
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    Lol, he's just so honest :). Gotta love him.
     
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    Good, good ;).

    I'm very happy that Rafa is so happy :).

    He certainly is looking forward to playing Novak. That's the attitude!.

    Great interview. Very interesting what he said about playing more to Fed's forehand too, to make him run more (and because his backhand has improved). It's a big strategy change on his part. I'm kinda surprised and glad that he took that risk. The commentators noticed it as well. I guess he intends to do that more.

    Poor thing he was so worried that he might not be able to play the tournament at all. That would have sucked so much.

    Liked what he said about playing better against Roger as well.
     
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    Yeah that was a great strategy. When Nadal hits to Federer's forehand it makes it all the more difficult for Federer to hit confident backhands when Nadal hits to the backhand. If Nadal hits to Federer's backhand exclusively then Federer camps on the backhand side and has too much time. Nadal definitely should bottle the balanced approach and use it everytime to keep Federer off balance. It will be important especially when they finally meet at the US Open where Nadal's shots don't kick up as high.
     
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    I love happy Rafa. I am equally happy, so I can relate to the feeling!
    I think he greatly needed that type of match after the confidence issues he went though last fall on hard.
     
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    Any news on Nadal's ankle? He was clutching at his ankle several times towards the end of the match.
     
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    True :(. had forgotten about it. Though I think it was only once and not that towards the end of the match?.

    How come no one asked him about it in the press conference?. :?
     
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    Nadal pulled the tongue of his shoe up in the aforementioned ankle incident, so it may just have been his shoe moving out of place.
     
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    It was a great match, mostly because Nadal seemed like the old Nadal. He was enthusiastic, something he held back a lot last year and extremely dialed in. You knew he was determined to win. It reminded me of the old matches they used to play, full of drama, plot twists, and incredible shots.

    I must say I was surprised Federer could still play at that level at 30 years of age. They were both awesome. At times the tennis was out of this world.
     
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    I think he had pretty much had it after Wimbledon 07 lol.
     
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    It was a wonderful match to watch but the tv commentary was downright vomit inducing, both ESPN (my tv) and Eurosport (stream). It was so Roger-centric I was about to throw things. They just wouldn't give Rafa credit for the fabulous shots he was making and the terrific game he was playing and based all their comments on Roger and what he was or wasn't doing. That's one reason why I liked this column by Jon Wertheim who's normally pretty Fed-centric himself, although he still has trouble giving Rafa props for having often played some pretty spectacular tennis through his career. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/jon_wertheim/01/26/rafael-nadal/index.html
    "Roles reversed as Nadal downs Federer on superior shotmaking"

     
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    I wasn't. The media and fans have been hyping Federer up for months, saying he is playing better than ever. He hadn't lost in 5 months.
     
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    I know what you mean, but really I love that. These bad mouths know they've been defeated, and they know the record books won't mention their opinions. They know the record books will only show the facts :D
     
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    Thank God I watch the matches on ESPN Latinamerica, and the commentary is really nothing like that :) they're clearly very fond of both of them.

    It's a great article. I was thinking on posting it, good you did :) That isn't the whole text though, so one has to go to the link.

    He himself has said that. He's still playing great. 30 is not that old.

    Aww, great video :)
     
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    Rafa beating Djok at Djok's favorite slam. This is the bitterest pill Djok will ever swallow in his life :shock:
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    Don't be arrogant. Rafa has not won the tournament yet. Until then, be quiet and do not jinx our player.
     
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    Don't you be so arrogant to tell me how to post. Although I realize not everyone is in a democratic country, so I understand if your background taught you wrong.
     
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    de·lu·sion
       [dih-loo-zhuhn] Show IPA
    noun
    1.
    an act or instance of deluding.
    2.
    the state of being deluded.
    3.
    a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur.
    4.
    Psychiatry . a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact: a paranoid delusion.
    Origin:
    1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēlūsiōn- (stem of dēlūsiō ), equivalent to dēlūs ( us ) (past participle of dēlūdere; see delude) + -iōn- -ion

    Related forms
    de·lu·sion·al, de·lu·sion·ar·y, adjective
    pre·de·lu·sion, noun
     
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    Okaaaaaaay....

     
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    Oh nadalwon2012, I had missed all those gems since I have the troll on Ignore. I wish there was one of those rolling on the floor laughing emoticons. Someone really needs their meds! :p
     
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    (Rafa's pre-final presser. He's still happy. :) And a little feisty at times. He has a couple of interesting comments about how Andy blew his match and how much of a faker Djoker is. I love it (well the faker Djoker part, not the Andy part, I feel sorry for Andy))

    Q. How are you feeling after your session on court just now?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Fine. I practiced for two hours. So having day off yesterday, today I felt with energy to practice a little bit more. I felt that I needed to move well the body, to stay with rhythm. I did, and I am happy, no? Enjoying these two days off.

    Q. Did you stay up late last night watching the match the other match?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I watched the second set, beginning of the third I went for dinner, and I came back after the 4‑1 in the fourth and I watched the rest of the match.

    Q. What did you think of it?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I think the second set was fantastic. Was really impressive level from both of them. First set I didn't see, but the fourth seems like Andy was very tired. He wasn't ready to play the fourth, and Nole was much more fresh.

    The fifth seems like Andy was very tired, too, because Novak have the control of the situation. But in the 5‑3, Andy break with Love‑40, so after he had fantastic chance. With a 5‑4, 15‑40, he little bit of mistake with the forehand in the return on the deuce on the 15‑40; 30‑40 was an amazing point. Djokovic finished with unbelievable forehand down the line.

    Another point for Andy, big mistake to the net for him with his backhand. He didn't miss not one backhand during all the match, and he missed in that moment. It was a tough moment for him.

    After when that happens, playing for four hours forty‑five, it's normal you will be in trouble in the next game; Novak plays well and match was done. It was an emotional match, and I enjoyed watching on TV.

    Q. Novak's coach said yesterday that it's unfair that he has only one day rest and you have two days. What do you think?

    RAFAEL NADAL: Well, that's what it is. 2009 I played longer than him in the semifinals. I played more than five hours at very high intensity, too. I had only one day and Federer had two, no? I was recovered for the final, so I think you can say it's unfair, yes, but not crazy unfair.

    Really unfair is the US Open when you don't have day off between semifinals and final. That's really unfair. If the match of yesterday happened in the US Open and the other semifinal is in straight sets, you are in big trouble for the finals. Having one day off, I believe you are not in big trouble.

    Q. What does it mean for you to face another time Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam final?

    RAFAEL NADAL: For me what means is I am in the final of another Grand Slam, fourth in a row. Happy for that. The opponent at the end is the best player of the world today, so that's why I played the last few finals against him. So will be always a really tough match for me. He is the favorite after being No. 1 in the world and after playing fantastic and beating me the last six times. So just happy to be there.

    For me, the tournament is really, really good. Right now I going to try to play my best tennis and fight every ball knowing that is going to be a tough one.

    Q. Do you think with the changes you've made to your game in the off‑season, the things you're doing differently, can you surprise him tomorrow with some new things?

    RAFAEL NADAL: I am trying to play a little bit more aggressive and hit more winners. You know, the improves that I want to do is not complete. No, no, I didn't practice a lot with that, so I need time to play with this aggressive plan during all the match.

    Probably I need few more months and tournaments. But I am happy how I am doing, no? I don't know if going to be enough for him. I going to try to play well like I did all the tournament. I need to play a little bit better, in my opinion, to have chances, but I am happy about how I am doing. I think I'm in the right way to compete against the top players of the world. I did here winning against the No 6, against the No. 3.

    So it's is fantastic way to start season. Now is another big, big test. I don't know if I am enough ready to win the match of tomorrow, but I believe that I can do it and I going to fight for it.

    Q. You remember what it was like of course last year coming in here going for the slam. It was at that stage. It's slightly different now, isn't it? You can understand what the expectation is like on Djokovic tomorrow because you've been there. Is that a tough thing to do?

    RAFAEL NADAL: He is not playing for the Grand Slam.

    Q. No, no, but he's the No. 1 player in the world and playing for three in a row. It's a tough situation to be in.

    RAFAEL NADAL: No is a fantastic situation to be. (Smiling) It's really not a tough one.

    No, I played for the three in a row US Open 2010. When you are coming with that confidence everything is a little bit easier, no? I was a little bit unlucky here last year when I played for the Grand Slam. I didn't feel the extra pressure for that. That's true. I felt that I was ready to compete. I had an injury in the quarterfinals so I was out. That's it. Go home. Keep practicing. I think for him is an advantage, not a pressure, to be in that situation.

    Q. Novak's coach said yesterday that it's very difficult to make winners because the balls are very heavy. Do you feel that way?

    RAFAEL NADAL: For him is being very difficult. Seems like he cannot do one winner. (Smiling.)

    No, he's playing very well, no? He's doing fantastic tournament.

    Q. Do you feel with the ball it's difficult to make winners?

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. I feel it's difficult to make winners when the weather conditions are cold. When the weather conditions are warm or hot, I think the ball is the right one. When it's cold, for example, the week before the tournament it was very cold here. The ball was very big, very heavy. I don't believe today it's happen.

    Q. Novak has been having some trouble with breathing in the last two matches. Do you think it'll be a factor tomorrow and something you can take advantage of?

    RAFAEL NADAL: It's funny, no? I saw the match yesterday on the TV she show on the Channel 7 when he was in the fifth set moving fantastically well, and they show images from two hours fifty before and seems like he was destroyed. Two hours fifty later he was in perfect condition. So is difficult to imagine that he has these problems. I don't know.

    Q. Andy said last night that he thought he had closed the gap on the top three. Do you feel there has been a little to choose between yourself, Roger, Novak, and Andy now?

    RAFAEL NADAL: He never was very far. That's the true. He's playing well. He always played fantastic. He's unlucky not to win a Grand Slam yet. Yesterday he lost another very good opportunity, in my opinion. Because winning two sets to one, winning the third set, probably losing a lot chances, and then winning with 7‑6 ‑‑ to win a tournament like this and to play against player like Djokovic, you cannot start the fourth set like this.

    It's the moment to play with more intensity than ever, not start with 3‑Love down and two breaks in five minutes. That way you lose the match. You want to win the tournament, you cannot start ‑‑ you can lose ‑‑ the other can beat you, but you cannot lose in the beginning.

    But he's playing well. He's playing fantastic. He deserve to win a Grand Slam. He was unlucky at the end, but the only negative thing for me in his match is the beginning of the fourth. When the other have more doubts, is in really trouble, you make for the opponent easier than what should be, no? That's my feeling.

    For the rest, he can be No. 1 at the end of the season. I don't have any doubt on that. The level is there. When you are able to play how many, five Grand Slams in a row playing semifinals or final, it's only a mental thing. The rest of the things are there. He started the season another time playing very well winning a tournament, playing semifinals here, and few points away to win against No. 1 player of the world. He's ready for everything.

    Q. Can you remember a situation that you were in like that when the expectation was to go on and win a Grand Slam and you got very close and how you coped with that situation manage your mind? Because as you say, so much of that sport is what happens in the head.

    RAFAEL NADAL: I was lucky in that situation, because I really didn't had that pressure or that feeling to win a Grand Slam. And the first time that I went to play a Grand Slam with the feeling that I can win Grand Slam, I won. That's the true.

    Because we talk about the Roland Garros 2005, that's the really first one. Few months ago I really started to play well, I really started to win, and was in the first Grand Slam that I arrived with real chances to win. Before, wasn't the chance. I played in Australia and make Round of 16 against Hewitt with chance to be in quarterfinals, but knowing that I don't going to win never, no? But in that moment yes, and I won. So that's a little bit of lucky that I was there.

    I did. And after winning one, it's easier win two. After win two, it's easy to win three.

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    Yeah,and it will be you when you watch Nadal lose a 7th final in a row to The Egg.
     
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    We have a dinner at the hotel's Japanese restaurant with some of my team! Many hours to the final. I'll have time to think about the match.
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    Think only positive thoughts Rafa! Vamos.
     
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