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5/31/2011Rafaholics ™

7:00AM BST 31 May 2011

Rafa Nadal Q&A, May 31
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Q: Well done on the tournament so far. How do you stop yourself getting down on yourself after hitting a bad shot or a few DFs or something? Something I occasionally have trouble with. Zainab (London)
RN: You just have to think about the next point! Forget the last one (or at least try to)
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Q: You've visited many places in the world, and my question is, which place has left the most memorable impression on you? Mariam Diallo
RN: I love many places in the world but the one I like the most is Mallorca, believe me!
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Q: With all your records (Masters Cup missing) and Rogers (Olympic single Gold missing), do you think it would be fair to say that there is NO .....1 single GOAT(greatest of all time), but rather the tennis fan world should just recognise that although tennis is an individualistic sport, there are 2 GOATS??? Mo.
RN: Thanks for your kind words. I don't understand why fans get upset because we beat or are beaten. We even get along well!!!!! They should do the same. And regarding GOATS, I really don't think I am at that level, but thanks anyway! ;-)
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Q: You are an inspiration and idol to many, who and/or what inspires you - to be a better person? Sarah, UK
RN: I know a lot of people are looking at us so I try to behave in a proper way. I simply behave the way I am.
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Q: Do you think to yourself that ok Novak's on a roll but he has to lose sometime and i can get my number 1 back next year when he has all these points to defend? Val, UK
RN: To be honest with you this is not a goal for me. My goal is to win Roland Garros and the other tournaments after that. I don't know if I'll manage but that's my goal. Certainly he is playing better than anyone right now but it is not easy to keep that.
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Q: I know you play tennis left-handed and football left footed but what about golf, do you play laft handed at that too? What’s your handicap? Sam York
RN: I am a right handed in golf and I shoot a 7 (sometimes....).
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Q: I always feel that whenever you play against Djokovic, you lose confidence in yourself. You always play better against other players. Does the fact that Novak's threatening to take the number 1 spot have anything to do with it, and do the media reporters bother you when they ask annoying questions about your performance and your losses in the last 4 finals? Dania from Lebanon
RN: No, not at all. I am not under more pressure and I don't really mind what reporters write or say. I respect all of them, they are free to do that but I don't really listen to those comments.
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Q: Having been the dominant force almost exclusively on clay for the last six seasons. please what do you think has led to Novak's Djokovic rise on clay and realistically how cn you beat the tennis that the Serb is currently playing? Thank you
RN: He was already a great player before and we played amazing matches on clay (remember Hamburg or Madrid 2 years ago!)
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Q: Who do you think are the young up and coming players to keep an eye on in mens and womens at the moment? Jane, Melbourne
RN: Tough to say. We all know that there are a few that tennis people know.
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Q: Rafa, is it true that you wear your shoes two sizes too small when you play? If so, how do you manage, I would be in agony!
RN: No, this is not true. I am normally a 10 1/2 and I wear a taylor made one to play that is a 10. But as I say it is taylor made so not a real number...

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