"I don't care, I'm going to win" - Nadal after being told of roof closure for RG Final

FRV4

Hall of Fame
I don't think anything Rafa said about winning 2019 RG was arrogant. He said the exact same thing during the rain delay at Wimbledon 2008, when he told Toni in the locker room before the fifth set, "I am not going to lose this match," and then went out and did just that.

As a Fed fan, I really wish Roger had possessed Rafa's killer mindset throughout his career, he'd be sitting on 27 slams at this point. All credit to Rafa for being mentally a beast throughout much of his career.
OK fine, you have bested me
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
No, Vajda would never say such a thing. He would rather gloat by humping a car when nole wins. So much class this vajda has.

I don't see what stupidity and class have to do with each other but then I have to remember who's replying to me.
 
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Yes, because this is the first match between them in which Nadal is retrieving like a freak. 8-B
Well Nadal moved a lot more athletically in the Final than he moved in the other matches. There was an article about Nadal getting injections in his knees just before playing Djokovic, because his legs were ruined (because of inactivity) during the lockdown. And if you look at Djokovic's reactions during the Final, it was obvious that Djokovic was surprised by Nadal's level.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
No, Vajda would never say such a thing. He would rather gloat by humping a car when nole wins. So much class this vajda has.
Celebrating like a drunk lunatic with the team in private isn't really a lack of class. I've never seen him say or do anything objectionable in public around other players or fans.
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
After all the comments from Djokovic fans that the 2015 meeting proved who is the better RG player and how Djokovic beat peak Nadal in straight sets? Of course Djokovic was the big favorite. This is why the likes of Nadal_Django are so angry, they were sure it was going to be a repeat of the 2015 match.

you did too
 
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"When they come to tell us that the final will be played indoors, we wonder how we're going to announce that to Rafa," Moya said. "15 minutes from the match, Francisco Roig (Rafa's co-trainer) told him so. And there, Rafa's response was: 'I don't care, it doesn't change anything, I'm going to win this match'."

"Rafa had never said such a thing to me before a match," Moya added. "He knew he wouldn't fail. Nadal is such a humble person. It wasn't arrogance, it was a feeling of confidence, of security."


To have that sort of mental compartmentalization going into the final with everything on the line against a maniac like Djokovic is just incredible.
 

JustMy2Cents

Hall of Fame
I actually mean Moya here, his coach. Posters have little effect on things really. Months later he's still talking about it. Probably would be better to be focusing on the next Slam.
Rebuttal to the bolded above:
It's not some voluntary tweet from his account.
It's a response to an interview question.... year-end summations are quite common and some sport journal had reached out to him
 

JustMy2Cents

Hall of Fame
So Djokovic serving in the 35% range for a set and a half is the best he can play? Lol. You sound ridiculous. We know Nadal is the best on clay and would win anyway but no need to embellish. The match was 3 months ago and I have no desire to talk about the same match that has been beaten to death on this site.
Here's Djokovic's own views on the match:
Everyone struck Rafa to be the winner due to the adverse conditions out there. Although he is the one who had the last laugh.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today.


 

D.Nalby12

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Nadal shows himself as very nice, gentle and humble person. But deep in his mind he is supremely confident and aggresive bull who fears no one. You don't win Roland Garros on your first appearance without having that confidence.
 

D.Nalby12

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Great prediction. Not many thought Djokovic wouldl face humiliation in final.
 

blablavla

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So Djokovic serving in the 35% range for a set and a half is the best he can play? Lol. You sound ridiculous. We know Nadal is the best on clay and would win anyway but no need to embellish. The match was 3 months ago and I have no desire to talk about the same match that has been beaten to death on this site.

yet he got twice to 40-15 in the first set.
somewhere in a parallel universe, even with 35% serving, that match didn't start with 0-6
 

zagor

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Did Djokovic ever have been such gloat after a win against Nadal!? He had fair share of those, especially in the last decade!? Don't remember tbh, but he had plenty of chances. The behaviour from the Nadal's camp in the past few months leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

He can't man, everytime Novak beats Nadal off clay the Spaniard was injured. Gloating for beating an "injured man who happens to play tennis" would be just too much.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
I actually mean Moya here, his coach. Posters have little effect on things really. Months later he's still talking about it. Probably would be better to be focusing on the next Slam.

Rafa was elected the 2nd International Sportsman of the Year by the French daily sports newspaper l'Equipe (behind Lewis Hamilton and ahead of LeBron James), that's why the newspaper interviewed C.Moya.
 
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Alpha king :cool:



"When they come to tell us that the final will be played indoors, we wonder how we're going to announce that to Rafa," Moya said. "15 minutes from the match, Francisco Roig (Rafa's co-trainer) told him so. And there, Rafa's response was: 'I don't care, it doesn't change anything, I'm going to win this match'."

"Rafa had never said such a thing to me before a match," Moya added. "He knew he wouldn't fail. Nadal is such a humble person. It wasn't arrogance, it was a feeling of confidence, of security."


Nadal is far from being humble, but he hides it extremely well. If it wasn't for Djokovic turning into a Decepticon, Nadal's arrogance would've gone through the roof!
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal shows himself as very nice, gentle and humble person. But deep in his mind he is supremely confident and aggresive bull who fears no one. You don't win Roland Garros on your first appearance without having that confidence.
Rafa has always said he's a fighter on tennis court.
"Rafa: My Story", 2010:
¤¤ My godmother says my father is by nature a winner and that on court I have his character. I think that's true. I'm the fighter in my ring, as my father is in his.¤¤ (Rafa's father is a businessman.)
 
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the nadal ?!... faking ??? :eek:

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Novak is getting into his head. If Nadal had not played near perfect tennis, Novak could've sneaked up on him during the final and the match could've ended differently. It's a mental battle between those two. Nadal knew this wasn't a matter of "try do my best no?" but a matter of playing impeccable tennis.
 
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The Roland-Garros 2020 final is the most important match in tennis history legacy-wise.
Lol you could scratch all of 2020's results post-AO by saying "covid" but that doesn't seem like a can of worms that the brains trust has wanted to open
 

octogon

Hall of Fame
So much for Djokovic "being in Nadal's head". LOL!

Their match-up is about surface and conditions these days, not anyone having a mental advantadge (someone should have told Goran Ivanesevic that though)

That myth was fun while it lasted though. Nadal is so friggin alpha, it's unbelievable. You can tell he went in that French final with the intent to mercilessly humiliate Djokovic worse than Novak humiliated him in the Australian Open final in 2019. And he actually did it! Got revenge and silenced all the clowns who acted like Novak in that Australian Open final was the highest level of tennis ever because he dismantled Rafa pretty easily. The highest level of tennis ever has always been Rafa on clay (specifically at RG) and he gave everyone a brutal reminder of that with his destruction of Novak.
 
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