Q. How would you describe how you're feeling on court and your level of confidence right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I played okay, played well. Played solid. Very good with my backhand today.
With my forehand, always okay. But I think I can do it better. I can play more winners down the line than what I did today.
But was a positive victory, without any doubt.
Q. And the level of confidence you're feeling?
RAFAEL NADAL: Second round, that's all (smiling). I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. Just day by day for me. Obviously victories helps.
Last two months, let's say, I am playing much more solid almost every tournament.
Q. Were you checking the stats of the match? If yes, what do you usually look at?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was trying to understand something, but I didn't (laughter).
Q. You look at stats right after the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: If they give me the statistics, I take a look. But normally no.
Q. What about your serve, Rafa? A new motion. Were you happy with your serve today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have to serve better than what I did today. I lost my serve twice?
RAFAEL NADAL: Twice during the match. Is not a lot. But he did some more chances.
I need to serve a little bit better. But I hope to make that happen.
Q. You play Dustin Brown next. He said he played the match of his life against you last year. What do you expect from him? What is it like playing a guy like him, who is a grass court specialist?
RAFAEL NADAL: It is difficult to think about how the match going to be. He's not a usual player. Anything can happen.
He beat me last year on Halle. It is little bit different, the surface and everything.
Is a dangerous match. He's a tough player. He won today against good opponent like is Lu. Probably he will come with good confidence. I going to try to be ready for it.
Q. How is the grass feeling this year? It's hotter. Does it feel different to last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. But is always that when the sunshine is there, the courts are a little bit more dry. Is easier to move, no? Let's say is less dangerous for slippery and all these kind of things that can fall down the players.
For the injuries, is much better play with these conditions than when the weather is cloudy and there is more humidity out there. The grass is more slippery than what is today. Happy for that.
Q. Brown is said to be the fastest player between points. You like to take your time. Does that make a difference when you play against a player who is quick between points?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have my time. If he is quick, I don't need to be as quick as he is. I have my seconds. I do what I can do.
Q. In terms of the conditions outside, how did you find them, the heat? It's going to get hotter throughout the week.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, for me the conditions were great. It's difficult to think about a better day to play tennis here in Wimbledon.
Q. The women get a break between the second and third if they wish to. If the temperatures were to hit 35, 36 degrees later on this week, would you like to see the men getting a heat break as well? Is that something you would be in favour of?
RAFAEL NADAL: Doesn't matter the heat that going to be here. Not a big comparation with Rio de Janeiro or Australia some days. Will be not a problem.
Q. You change the style of your clothes quite a few times during the year. You've been playing for a long time. What do you do with the old outfits when you move on to the next outfit?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I save minimum one or two of every one for my memories. The rest of the things, you know, when you finish one outfit, you cannot believe that I don't have a lot of T‑shirts. A lot of presents, a lot of gifts for charities, different foundations, people asking for these kind of things.
When I am at home, every week I have request for this kind of thing. I need a lot of T‑shirts to give.
Q. After the disappointment of Roland Garros, you've responded well by winning Stuttgart. Did it come as a surprise the way you played? Are you playing well now? Did you expect that?
RAFAEL NADAL: In Roland Garros I was playing well. I played against a player that was in better form than me, was better than me the day. That's it.
I was working a lot the first six months of the season to try to be better than what I did the first three months and a half, more or less, of the season. It was very bad. Is something that I made that happen.
Playing quarterfinals in Roland Garros, losing against Novak, is true that I was there for 1 hour 30 competing well. Then I was not competing well at the end of the match in third set. But I was there fighting before that.
Good tournament in Monte‑Carlo. Good tournament in Madrid. Bad tournament in Barcelona. Good tournament in Rome, I lost a match that I should win. Good tournament in Stuttgart. Queen's, I lost one I could win, should win. That's part of the moment. But nothing to say about the defeat in Queen's.
As I told you, last two months have been more regular for me, more consistent, more solid in general. That's something that I am pleased with.
First three months and a half of the season, I was playing bad. During the season, I lost more matches than usual that I should win.
Q. How does it feel to be a No. 10 seed at Wimbledon this year? You'll get tougher games in the early stages. You played a player in the top 50 today. Does it feel tougher being a lower‑ranked player than when you're one of the top seeds?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am No. 10 because I deserve to be No. 10. That's what happens with one‑year ranking. When you are injured for six months and you come back and you are not able to play great, No. 10 is a great number, you know, with six months of points in the computer for me and without saying that that six months that I am playing, more than a half I was playing terrible, and the rest was not fantastic. Was better.
Be No. 10 is a fantastic news. That's the real thing, no? So I am where I deserve to be. I going to work hard to be higher.
Q. Do you have a favourite outfit from all the years? Maybe the longer ones or something that you like?
RAFAEL NADAL: I liked a few ones. No one in particular. When I was playing with the sleeveless and long shorts, I liked it at that moment, and I saw myself with that today and I don't like.
With the years, things change, no?
Roland Garros, this one was a good one. I liked a lot. Some blacks in night sessions of US Open.
Q. How do you feel on the grass heading into the tournament? RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I feel good. I won a tournament on grass after five years, a good moment for me and a special one. I am practicing well this week. Let's see if I am able to compete well then later. So just happy to be here, you know. Healthy, that's the most important thing. Last year I was better, after 2012 and '13 that I couldn't play well here. Too much problems on the knees. Is good, losing or winning, doesn't matter, but is good to be healthy on the second most important surface in my career, without any doubt.
Q. You always play a tournament, then you go back to Manacor. What do you do to make it a little bit like grass before you come back here? RAFAEL NADAL: I play golf (laughter). No, no, no. I played on Queen's. I played in Stuttgart. I have been home just two days after Roland Garros. I was in Stuttgart practicing on grass very early. So I came back home. You know, I stayed in Queen's until Friday. So I rest for three days at home. I didn't practice at home. I came back here Tuesday morning. Went back home, have some fun with the friends, some golf, some going out with the boat, stay with the family. Obviously, that was very important to me and I need it.
Q. This extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon, do you think it was really a good idea? Does it make it easier for you to prepare for Wimbledon? RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know if is easier or not, no? But the real thing, is better for everybody, obviously to have the possibility to don't play a week after Roland Garros. I played, because my body asked me to play. But to have the possibility to don't play, still have the chance to play two tournaments before Wimbledon, is a great news. Less chances of injuries, if you don't make, as I did almost every year the transition from Roland Garros to Queen's in one day, the chance to get injury, you know, you change a lot of movements, a lot of things in your game, you know, the way that you hit the ball, the way that you move, the serves. All these kinds of things are dangerous for your body. If you don't have the chance to do it, that transition a little bit slower is a danger for your body. So is a great news.
Q. Traditionally this tournament has had a lot of great left‑handed winners. There seem to be fewer left‑handed players on the tour, especially the top ranks of the tour, apart from yourself. Why do you think that might be? RAFAEL NADAL: There is less lefties than righties, no? Is a question of percentage. But the same time, still some good players, some good lefties. That's part of coincidence, generations. I think don't make a big impact if you are a lefty or not.
Q. Can I ask you about your golf. Do you play left‑ or right‑handed? RAFAEL NADAL: Right.
Q. What is your handicap and does it help your tennis in any way? RAFAEL NADAL: No. Don't help my tennis. Helps my relaxing moments to be for four hours outside of everything. Just focus on the golf round, enjoying being in a beautiful place. Because when you are in a golf course, you are in the middle of nature usually, good views. That makes me feel relax and helps me mentally, no? That's the good thing. And my handicap is around 2.8, 2.7, more or less.
Q. Having had the experiences you've had, winning all the majors, what are your thoughts on what Serena is trying to do in one year, having won the first two, at this stage in her career, at this age? RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is obvious that when Serena is playing well, is very difficult to beat her, no? Is something difficult to make that happen, but is obvious that he won in Australia, he won in Roland Garros, that probably was the most difficult one for her. He loves here. Has the right game to play well in Wimbledon. Then obviously New York is one of her favorites, no? If she really does, will be amazing. We'll see. The best of luck.
Q. What do you think makes her as tough as she is? If you had to pick one thing about her, what would you pick? RAFAEL NADAL: For me?
Q. What is most remarkable to you about Serena? RAFAEL NADAL: My feeling is she has much more power than the others. That's a big advantage in the girls, no? The ATP Tour, that didn't happen. But in the girls, there is a difference when she hit the ball than when another hits the ball, no? The serve has a big impact. For me, Serena makes a difference on the serve and on the return. First two shots makes the difference.
Q. There seems to be a lot of drama and problems with the Spanish Tennis Federation. I saw a lot of the Spanish players tweeting about it in the past few days. Is it easy for you to focus on tennis and ignore all of these things? Because it seem like there are meetings happening. RAFAEL NADAL: No, there is not much meetings going on. The situation have been very unusual, let's say, not nice for a country that has big tradition in this sport, for a country that the last, let's say, 15, 20 years, we have been the first country in this sport around the world. So is not nice to watch the situation that we are having today. But things are like this. The thing that we have to do is to stop these crazy things that are happening. You know, it's not good to see bad news on our sport in the media every day. It's not good for our sport. It's not good to catch sponsors. It's not good to make the people involved on our sport. So all these kind of things are bad for everybody. At the end of the day, you know, we are here today. We will live tomorrow. Players, presidents, everybody who is making this show last couple of months, what really suffers on all of this is tennis, tennis in our country. All the things that goes against tennis in our country is a bad news.
Q. What do you like most about playing on clay and what do you like most about playing on grass? RAFAEL NADAL: Is completely different story.
Q. What do you like the most about each one? RAFAEL NADAL: You know, playing on clay, obviously when I had the feeling I was playing at my best, the better feeling is I have time for everything, and I have the possibility to play with tactic, I had the possibility to play with different styles, aggressive, more defensive. That makes me feel under control almost all the time. On grass is a different story. On grass, the feeling is you have to be very focused all the games, every point. You cannot have two mistakes in a row or three mistakes in a row with your serve because almost you lose a set. So is a big difference. Is a good chance to go more to the net. Is a good chance to do different things that you are not doing very often on the tour. Try to have fun with that.