That Tsonga from 2008 is so long ago...Rafa will never get bullied like that by him again & he proves it ever since...Tsonga hasn't answered the Rafa riddle.. Rafa remains having the upper hand! He dismisses Tsonga in straight set 6-3 6-2, where Andy Roddick is awaiting him in the semi-finals .. Bring it Andy cause your gonna need to!
Ok in about 30 minutes will be my Birthday so.. Thanks Rafa for winning on my BDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me!
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Technogym outfitted the Olympic gym in Beijing back in 2008, and Rafa reportedly worked out at the gym, Rafael Nadal poses for new Print ads for Technogym.
March 28, 2010
R. NADAL/D. Nalbandian
6-7, 6-2, 6-2
6-7, 6-2, 6-2
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You had to play some of your very best tennis today to beat David. Were you surprised how well he played?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, I am not surprised, no? I know how well he serve and how well he can play. Well, I know for sure, because, you know, the first two meetings against him how was, 62, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 for him.
So when you go another time on court against one player with this talent, you are always a little bit scared. I started the match playing pretty well, really good. And, yeah, he has the break back, and in the tiebreak I have 5-4 and I did amazing double fault by two meters.
After that, you know, was there that the match was close. But I think having a long first set for everything was better for me than for him, no?
If I win -- because if I win the set, for him gonna be difficult still believing on the victory. And if I lose the set, is because probably he is more tired than me. I felt that.
He had important chance in the beginning of the second. I served with the 15-40, well, good game, and after that I played well. I felt he was a little bit more tired than me. He started to have more mistakes, and was a little bit easier for me to play.
Q. What makes him so good? He's beaten Roger eight times. Is it the backhand? Just the whole package?
RAFAEL NADAL: Everything, I think. He's very complete player.
Anyway, look, I'm very happy to see him back after important surgery. He's a close friend of mine. He is talent, no? He can play very easy. He can make very difficult things very easy.
So, you know, when he's playing at his best level he makes you feel like you are nothing in the middle of the court, no?
So I think it's strange that one player like David don't have a Grand Slam victory, because he has everything to win.
Q. With Murray and Djokovic out, you have a big chance to gain ranking points on them. Do you think about that at all in this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think about me, no? That's like a league, and every tournament is like another match. We will see what's happening end of the season, no?
For me, every match is important. I try to do my best in every tournament, in every moment when I am on court. Well, for me, doesn't affect a lot if Murray or Djokovic is outside if I lose today.
Q. But the best players are expected to maintain such a great level all the time, and when they don't reach that level, people are surprised. How difficult is it to keep that level for the whole time?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know for a long time about tennis, and probably we are in a moment of the tennis, the last few years, that the top players are unusual. They never lose in the first rounds, no?
That's very difficult to do it all the time, and these players, the top players, we are doing without losing in the first round for a long time. Seems when one time happen that like everyone is surprised, but you don't know how tough is be mentally ready all the time and playing enough well all the time.
Because every match decides for a few moments, and if you are not 100% and you have a little bit bad, not the best luck on the draw, you can go out very soon.
Q. I know you never like to look ahead, but you realize the tournament would love to see you against Roger in the final; the fans would love to see it. Do you care who you see in the final as long as you're there?
RAFAEL NADAL: If I am in the final, I don't care. (laughter.)
For me, important thing is try to be in the final. But, you know, I am in fourth round for me, no, so it's far away from that moment. Step by step, and sure it's important win for me today and I very happy for that.
I very happy how I am doing in this American hardcourt season. Every match right now I want to be really important for me, and every victory give me confidence.
Q. You'll play David Ferrer, another friend, I'm sure.
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure.
Q. Tough out, right?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure. He's a very good player from the baseline. Unbelievable. Very fast. He can play very good with his forehand, no? He's very tough. Gonna be very tough match tomorrow.
End of FastScripts
I've just read that Doug Adler and Jason Goodall said during the match that all four of Rafa's wisdom teeth are bothering him now. Apparently, the pain comes and goes, but at times it's unbearable.So how well will he be today? Let's pray RAFAholics that Rafa can still play through his pain!
Translation of the Spanish On Court Interview after the Ferrer match after the Jump.. Courtesy of Ines from the Official Fourm!
Xavi Diaz: Congratulations champ, because you've played even much better
Rafa: Well, I think I have .. I started a little stand, no?, I've felt a bit of lack of strength and the first set for moments, I think he deserved more than me the set, but well, I think I've known to hold out there, I've lost the 2-1 game, when I've made the break, he broke me back immediately, and that it was a blow, but well, the second set I think from 3-0 to 3-3 , the first three games had been pretty good to me, I've played 3 disastrous games, then the positive is that I have accepted it and I kept fighting to the end and at last i've got the victory that is the most important and for me one very important thing is that I've ended up with a return winner, who always cost me and today I've tried it and I've got it
Xavi Diaz, Do you keep perhaps, with the tiebreak and the second game of the second set that has been a festival?
Rafa: Well, above all the tiebreak, a very important moment of the match, it could have fallen anywhere, I think, we. have both been good in the tiebreaker and finally the last ball of David was gone by millimeters and this has given me a breath
Alberto Berasategui(a former pro player): Rafa, congratulations, I guess that you are happy, the las two matches very tough the first against David Nalbandian, an awkward match, a player who makes you give yourself the best, today, against David Ferrer, a friend of yours, a gladiator's match, very impressive the level that both have given , how you've run and fight, I guess is a match, that despite the joy, it gives you a big confidence for the next rounds, right?
Rafa; Well, the last two matches have been complicated, ehh, Nalbandian, always, ehh, pff, is a very difficult opponent for me and David of course too, David Ferrer I mean, well, I think at times today he has been good, for other hand it has been more errors than of usual ... and for me, every match gives me confidence, I'm, I think, in a very good line since I started the year, apart of the problem I had in Australia and the terrible match I did in the semifinals last week, everything else I think is pretty good and the fact of being again in the quarterfinals here in a fast court tournament where the best in the world are , it is a very good news and happy about it and now to keep fighting and try to be back in semifinals
Xavi Diaz: Rafa thank you very much, you still have Tsonga, have luck and hopefully we can interview you tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, especially Sunday, thanks and good luck Rafa
Rafa: Many thanks, I need it (smiling)....
Non RAFA NEWS: well not directly..The almighty Federer FAILS once again..Tomas Berdych def. Federer 6-4 6-7 7-6 ..
Video's after the jump on Rafa's match vs Daveed .. & a Spanish on court Interview..
This one in Spanish...