Rafa Post Final Press Conference

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Not too sure what to make of this - makes some valid points - not enough prep/matches for playing someone like Nole....

However I don’t fully agree - he was more nervous and some of the shots particularly at the start were simply awful/due to nerves and nothing to do with Nole....That 2nd or 3rd shot were he floated it back spoke volumes for his mental state - bizarre.....

 

Benben245

Banned
His defense was non-existent, really slow when stretched to the corners trying to head back to the center of the baseline. His legs, footwork, and consistency were lacking. Look at the unforced errors on rally points, very unusual.
 

Badabing888

Hall of Fame
He was nervous because he didn’t have the tough matches up to the final to find the necessary level to compete with Novak. That I agree with. Doesn’t mean if he did he would have won. But at least he would have made it more competitive. If he loses to Novak at RG and repeats the same excuse after playing Acapulco/IW/Maimi? and a full clay schedule plus playing on PC then yes he has no excuses.
 

George Turner

Hall of Fame
He played with the same inhibiting fear that Zverev has been unable to overcome in majors.

Tennis is played so much between the ears, we saw that today. All those hard court losses to Djokovic affected Nadals performance today.
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
Nadal can't admit thst he lost because of the younger, fitter and better player on the other side of the net. Watching him scrabble for any excuse he had come up with is just embarrassing frankly.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Nadal can't admit thst he lost because of the younger, fitter and better player on the other side of the net. Watching him scrabble for any excuse he had come up with is just embarrassing frankly.
How many times did he have to say he lost to a player who was too good for him? He even said that at his best he may just as well have lost.
 

Pablo1989

Professional
It was the worst GS final performance by Nadal, no doubts. 2015 level. That's why it makes me laugh that people only praise Djokovic...any top 20 player would beat this Nadal.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
...any top 20 player would beat this Nadal.
You don’t think Novak’s play had a wee bit to do with Rafa’s.

A large part of Rafa’s level was due to Novak’s. Just like Tsitsy said Rafa made him play poorly and there wasn’t much he could about it. Rafa just experienced the same feeling. Novak was too good today.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Not too sure what to make of this - makes some valid points - not enough prep/matches for playing someone like Nole....

However I don’t fully agree - he was more nervous and some of the shots particularly at the start were simply awful/due to nerves and nothing to do with Nole....That 2nd or 3rd shot were he floated it back spoke volumes for his mental state - bizarre.....

Extremely honest and accurate assessment. He didn't have that Extra due to all the layoff and injury and lack of matches so novak won. RAFA if he has all the matches and that extra confidence would beat Novak 9 out of 10 times.
 

Crionics

Semi-Pro
Of course he was more nervous, but why would he say this openly in the press conference and therefore admit that Djokovic is completely in his head?
 

mistik

Hall of Fame
I don't understand the hate. He was clearly hampered by an injury that has kept him out for months. It's a testament to his greatness that he was able to get to the final without dropping a set, given the circumstances. I hope he is healthy by RG.
Hate the performance hate the lack off fight and hate the disbelief on his face that ı have seen from the start.Never hate the guy himself never.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
What we know for sure about Rafa is that he always tries his best and today this was his best, as simple as that.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Are you serious?
RAFA said it not me. He didn't have that extra to bring his level up 1/2 level to counter Novak today. ... This is normal. He had no match play due to injury layoff. and he made it to the final beating everyone all the young guns. So this was a great 2 weeks, and RAFA should be super confident now and will DESTROY novak in Rolland garros.
 

Zardoz7/12

Hall of Fame
When Nadal said he "practised it" I thought he kept saying Brexit, no hate as he speaks better English than me most of the time.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Nadal can't admit thst he lost because of the younger, fitter and better player on the other side of the net.
Is Novak physically fitter than Nadal? That's debatable. The age difference is "only" one year, but after 32-33, that one year becomes significant, as both Ndal and Djokovic fan bases will learn. The Rafa fan base already saw how his schedule was reduced to practically only clay in 2018 when he was 31-32.

I've been saying since Wimbledon it's a mental thing with Nadal. He has that haunted look that Fed used to have with him and that Andre almost always had when playing Pete. The match is lost before even taking court. Can Rafa turn that around? Doubtful, but we'll see soon enough in clay. I think clay season will be like 2011, with Djokovic defeating Nadal in all the tune ups prior to RG.
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't understand the hate. He was clearly hampered by an injury that has kept him out for months. It's a testament to his greatness that he was able to get to the final without dropping a set, given the circumstances. I hope he is healthy by RG.
both rusty and injured... no doubt allowed: it's definitely the peak nadal.
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
Is Novak physically fitter than Nadal? That's debatable. The age difference is "only" one year, but after 32-33, that one year becomes significant, as both Ndal and Djokovic fan bases will learn. The Rafa fan base already saw how his schedule was reduced to practically only clay in 2018 when he was 31-32.

I've been saying since Wimbledon it's a mental thing with Nadal. He has that haunted look that Fed used to have with him and that Andre almost always had when playing Pete. The match is lost before even taking court. Can Rafa turn that around? Doubtful, but we'll see soon enough in clay. I think clay season will be like 2011, with Djokovic defeating Nadal in all the tune ups prior to RG.
I agree. Novak is about to hoover up some tournaments. Nadal, Thiem and Zverev are his main competition for the first half of 2019. I'm interested to see what Federer can do at Indian Wells. Maybe the expectations are off a bit now and he can play free. Also BO3 sets might suit him better. Could be a dark horse.
 

Paulreedsmith

Semi-Pro
RAFA said it not me. He didn't have that extra to bring his level up 1/2 level to counter Novak today. ... This is normal. He had no match play due to injury layoff. and he made it to the final beating everyone all the young guns. So this was a great 2 weeks, and RAFA should be super confident now and will DESTROY novak in Rolland garros.
Guess you have to tell yourself that to be able to cope with the loss today. Must really sting.
 

AceSalvo

Legend
Shouldnt have skipped Brisbane when there was no "injury"

Rafa fans were saying after the SF "see how Nadal is fully fresh". Fully fresh for this beat down??
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Guess you have to tell yourself that to be able to cope with the loss today. Must really sting.
Not at all in fact after watching that press conference. RAFA looks like he Gained confidence from today's match and he knows what he has to bring in next match against Novak. So after this match , this means novak has NO chance against RAFA if they play at the French open. So I am very very happy since RAFA winning one major at the French is all that is needed to make RAFA happy and all his fans happy. We don't care about being #1, and rafa doesnt' care either, he saids so.
 

aman92

Hall of Fame
He is honest..it was still a good week for him despite the thrashing but he is right. The lack of being tested in the tournament hurt him.
 

Paulreedsmith

Semi-Pro
I don't understand the hate. He was clearly hampered by an injury that has kept him out for months. It's a testament to his greatness that he was able to get to the final without dropping a set, given the circumstances. I hope he is healthy by RG.
He played his best match ever at AO according to himself, then had 2 days off. Did he pick up a new injury during his days off?
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
Shouldnt have skipped Brisbane when there was no "injury"

Rafa fans were saying after the SF "see how Nadal is fully fresh". Fully fresh for this beat down??
They were saying that because they expected Nadal to win that match.But given that fact he got destroyed in the final now they are going to use the injury excuse like always
 

beltsman

Legend
Hate the performance hate the lack off fight and hate the disbelief on his face that ı have seen from the start.Never hate the guy himself never.
He must have some issues going on. I've never seen that lack of fight. Compare this to 2006 Wimbledon.
 

Paulreedsmith

Semi-Pro
Not at all in fact after watching that press conference. RAFA looks like he Gained confidence from today's match and he knows what he has to bring in next match against Novak. So after this match , this means novak has NO chance against RAFA if they play at the French open. So I am very very happy since RAFA winning one major at the French is all that is needed to make RAFA happy and all his fans happy. We don't care about being #1, and rafa doesnt' care either, he saids so.
Ohhh ok now I can tell you are joking. Sorry.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I like the fact that after Rafa made references to his comeback from injury in his presentation speech, Novak then made references to his own comeback from his elbow injury. In other words, let's not overplay the injury card because I can play it too! ;)
 

California

Semi-Pro
[QUOTE="Nostradamus, post: 13076019, member: 235008" RAFA if he has all the matches and that extra confidence would beat Novak 9 out of 10 times.[/QUOTE]


Seriously??
 
It’s clear from this interview that he doesn’t put the work in. Rafa and Thiem are well known as two of the lazier players and their results reflect it.
Thiem is working really hard, bresnik is known as a conditioning freak. Thiem had some kind of illness.
 
I like the fact that after Rafa made references to his comeback from injury in his presentation speech, Novak then made references to his own comeback from his elbow injury. In other words, let's not overplay the injury card because I can play it too! ;)
I hate it, when someone takes credit from his opponent's achievements!

:cool:
 

BHud

Hall of Fame
It’s clear from this interview that he doesn’t put the work in. Rafa and Thiem are well known as two of the lazier players and their results reflect it.
WTF are you talking about? I was under the impression that Thiem had been advised to quit playing so many tournaments. He was running himself into the ground.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
It’s clear from this interview that he doesn’t put the work in. Rafa and Thiem are well known as two of the lazier players and their results reflect it.
I've heard Rafa called many things, some of them rather unkind, but this is the first time I have ever heard anyone accuse him of being "lazy"!!! :unsure:
 

Dilexson

Hall of Fame
I was so relieved that Federer didn't face him this tournament. But realizing his mental & physical state now, I have to wonder...
Hindsight is everything, lol.
I too thought that Roger would have gotten a beatdown after watching their respective matches against Tsi. Now not so sure.. Is the field that worse than these guys to let Rafa steamroll his way to the finals like this.:unsure::oops:
 
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