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Rafael Nadal Beats Granollers at BNP Paribas Masters
Rafael Nadal Interview for RTVE after his win over Granollers / R2 Masters Paris 2013 (in Spanish) via Rafael Nadal King of Tennis
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS
October 30, 2013
R. NADAL/M. Granollers
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Tonight it was a tight match. More difficult than your two previous meetings against Marcel. What's the explanation? The surface? Because you haven't played for a while?
RAFAEL NADAL: Easy when your opponent serve well and you didn't play your best, so matches are very close, especially on a surface like this one.
So I didn't play well tonight. Something that can happen after two weeks without playing and after a long time without playing on indoors, this kind of surface.
But he did a lot of things well. He played short points. He went to the net a lot of times. I have to improve a lot for tomorrow. That's the other thing. I hope to be ready to do it.
But the rhythm of my legs tonight was poor. I'm slower than usual, and a lot of mistakes, easy mistakes, you know. A lot of positive or favorable positions on court with my forehand in more or less important points, and I had mistakes that I should not have.
So that's all there is.
Q. Could you perhaps just explain why, how difficult it is to adjust again to indoors rather than outdoors? What specific things do you have to work on indoors?
RAFAEL NADAL: I never like it a lot, playing in indoor, but that doesn't mean that I cannot play well.
Positive thing of today is I won (smiling). Seems an obvious thing, but at the end of the day, tomorrow I'm going to play again. I have the chance to play better tomorrow, because if not I'm not going to play after tomorrow. (Smiling).
But, no, I really can say that I can make a jump for tomorrow, can play a step better for tomorrow. Yep, I gonna try to have a good practice, warm up tomorrow before the match.
You know, sometimes there are small things. I didn't practice bad during the previous days here, so I was a little bit nervous for the match, first match on indoors after a long time; opponent that I know that gonna be not easy because I don't gonna have the chance to hit a lot of balls in a similar positions, because he will try to, you know, break the rhythm.
I went to the match knowing that not gonna be a comfortable match, and first point I hit a great return and then first forehand that I touch in a good position I make a big mistake.
So after that, I say, Well, probably is not the best feeling to start a match. After that, few, you know, stupid mistakes with my forehand that gives you no positive feelings and no confidence.
Q. In these conditions to play Janowicz tomorrow, is that the best news?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is not the best news to play against nobody here.
Q. His style of play?
RAFAEL NADAL: All the players are very tough. We are in Masters 1000, round of 16, at the end; best players are here.
So is all opponents are negative news. All opponents are good here. No easy opponents in a surface like this one, tough tournament like this one.
But hopefully for my opponents I don't gonna be good news, too. (Smiling).
Q. What do you think about his game?
RAFAEL NADAL: He's one of the players that should be in the top in the next years. His serve is unbelievable. He plays well from the baseline. His movements are very good for big‑‑ you know, talking about his tall. He's very tall.
I know he has a lot of positive things that to play well and to be candidate of win the best tournaments of the world.
So tomorrow will be a tough match. I had a very tough one against him in Montreal this year, first set, very tough, and I gonna try to play aggressive, play with more intensive than what I did today.
It's true that the match gonna bring me to the intensity, because if not I don't gonna have chances. During the whole season I was ready to make it well in these kind of matches.
Tomorrow is another opportunity to continue doing the things well. I gonna try.
Q. You won a lot of matches this season so you have a lot of confidence. Do you feel even with this confidence it's still hard for you to be sure of yourself indoors, or it's getting easier because you know you have won so many matches?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is always the same. If I am able to find the right feelings, seriously, I am not scared about playing indoors. It is a surface that I can play well.
But it's true that probably arrive to this positive feelings is a bit more difficult than in other circumstances. That's the only thing.
But what gives me confidence is first few days of practice here was positive ones. I practiced well with Stanislas and then with Fernando. I really hope to be ready to be ready to play better tomorrow, and I gonna try. That's all. That's all the things that I can say.
I happy about the victory today. At the end, as I say before, first match in indoor against not an easy opponent, so is good victory, positive one for me.
The victory is in days that you are not playing well have much more value than the victories on days that you played well.
Because when you are playing well, you win. It's a normal thing. But when you are not playing that well, all the victories are much more important, because at the end of the season that victories gives you the opportunities to change the dynamic and play better.
Is very important win matches when you are not playing well. I am probably one of these players that I won more matches in my career without playing well, and that's why I had the chance to be probably to where I am today.
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|1st Serve %||72%||58%|
|1st Serve Points Won||38/44 (86%)||31/45 (69%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||11/17 (65%)||16/32 (50%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/1 (100%)||4/6 (67%)|
|Service Games Played||12||12|
|1st Return Points Won||14/45 (31%)||6/44 (14%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||16/32 (50%)||6/17 (35%)|
|Break Points Won||2/6 (33%)||0/1 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||12||12|
|Total Service Points Won||49/61 (80%)||47/77 (61%)|
|Total Return Points Won||30/77 (39%)||12/61 (20%)|
|Total Points Won||79/138 (57%)||59/138 (43%)|
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS
October 28, 2013
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.
Q. Rafa, welcome back, first.
RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you.
Q. You decided to take a break after Shanghai. Can you just tell why, and how did you prepare for this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I prepare this tournament being at home with the family, the friends, playing some golf, and I practiced a little bit of tennis, too. First week I didn't play tennis. After the week in Shanghai, I felt a little bit tired and very sorry to have not the chance to be in Basel. It's a great tournament. I am happy they had a great final. I am very sorry, but I played too much. I played a lot of matches this year, and in a very short period of time. It's true there are players playing similar than me, but I started one month later than them, so my concentration of matches was more than the rest.At the end of the season I always had some problems, and because of the situation and having all the matches that I had, I really thought that three weeks in a row in indoor for my physical performance, for my knees in general, is not the ideal thing today. I decided to rest a little bit, and I hope to be ready for here.
Q. You haven't played here since 2009. What do you think of the court now, the surface, everything?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am very excited, motivate to be back here in a great city for me. It's a great tournament. It's true. Sad because I really hate to had to pull out of great tournaments end of the season, great tournament of the year. So I had not the chance to be here for different facts for the last four years, so I am very happy and excited to be back. I don't see big changes on the tournament. Surface is fine. Not very slow, not very fast. It's okay. Always is the same. If you play well, chances to win matches are a little bit higher. If you are not playing well, especially on a surface like here in indoor, chances are very, very small. (Smiling.)
Q. Marin Cilic is back this week after his doping suspension. He's been saying that the ITF put pressure on him to withdraw from Wimbledon this year. What do you think about that?
RAFAEL NADAL: About?
Q. About the ITF putting pressure on Cilic to withdraw from Wimbledon in June.
RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) I don't know. I really don't have a lot of information on this case, so I don't like to talk about the things that I really don't know very well, first thing.Only thing that I can say is I am happy to see Marin back on tour. He's a good guy and a great player. I don't know what happened, but if he's back, it's because it's fair that he's back. That's all. Happy for that.
Q. You have the chance here to make sure that you can finish as No. 1 for the end of the year. What would that mean to you? And also, here, Paris, it's one of the few Masters 1000 tournaments you haven't won yet. Does that give you extra motivation?
RAFAEL NADAL: The easier question is say yes. The real question is not. The real question, when I go to play in every tournament I play with the same motivation. Even if I won two, I won five, or I won zero. Because at the end, every tournament is important for me. I try to play with my high intensity in every tournament.Sometimes the results are positive; sometimes the result are not that positive. I'm excited to be back in Paris. Paris is a very special city for me. Probably more special city of the world. We'll see what's going on. Talking about the No. 1, seriously, I will answer this question for the rest of the week. It really don't worries me. Seriously. It's something during the whole season I say the same: My goal is not to be No. 1. My goal is be healthy finish the season. For very positive circumstances I am here today being the No. 1 of the world.But that doesn't change my feeling from the beginning, that what make me happy is go on court ever day with a feeling that I am healthy, with the feeling that I am playing well, and feeling that I can lose and I can win against everybody.That happened for most of the tournaments this year, so the season is done for me. I did much more than what I thought. We'll see. I going to try it finish well here and in London. If I am able to play well and I finish No. 1, great. If not, doesn't change the season as being one of the best of my career without any doubt. I enjoyed probably more than ever to play tennis the whole year. Very emotional matches this year for the situation that I had last year. So the thing that worries less to me is the numbers on my ranking today. I have been in the top 2 for, I don't know, eight years, nine. I don't know. Seriously, that's not going to change my career, finish No. 1 this year or not if I will be better or worse player at the end of my career.
Q. Roger didn't win in Basel, as usual. There is lots of talk about him at the moment. Is he finished or not. You know him very well. Do you think he's on the way down or can we still expect him to do well in the future?
RAFAEL NADAL: He has the answer. I don't have that answer. From outside, my feeling is his tennis is there. He had a very positive week now in Basel. That's going to give him confidence again. I don't have any doubt that he will be playing better than what he did this year. No doubt about that. His talent allows him to keep being one of the favorites to keep winning the best tournaments of the year.So talking about if he's able to be back or try to be back in the No. 1 or something like this, will say the same like I said. I think it's not his goal, because at the end he already have been there. He been in the top positions of the ranking for a long time.So at the end, what really makes you happy is go on court with the feeling you can win the tournament. That's something that ‑‑ probably the only thing that maybe worries him. His goal probably will be finish the year well and be ready to start well in Australia next year. If that happens, he will be one of the candidates to win in the first Grand Slam of the season. That's something that really motivates him.But I am sure that he's not finished. He will work hard in the off‑season to be ready for 2014. I am sure he will be back playing great tennis again.
Q. Because you started to play later this year, do you feel fresher than ever for the last two indoor tournaments or not?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I feel motivated. I feel excited to be here. I really would like to ‑‑ love to finish better than what I did in the past, but it's something that's not easy. Because in the end, the surface didn't help me in the past. But at the same time, it's not the surface that is impossible for me. It's a surface that if I am playing well, if I am fresh, I am playing with the right energy, I can play well in this tournament.Seriously, I'm going to try my best. But I don't feel exhausted like I felt another times in the past. Other times in the past I arrived here with the feeling that I am very tired. I don't feel enough energy to compete well. The situation is different. It's true. I am relaxed. I am happy to be here. Remain two tournaments. All the things that happened to me is more than what I ever dreamed eight months ago, so that makes me play very relaxed with less pressure.And even if the last two tournaments of the year, that's not mean that I am not motivate. I always was motivate for this last part of the season, but I was not able to apply well. I hope this year I can change the situation. I hope to play well here and then we'll see. Last tournament of the year is important. I never have the chance to play very well in London. In 2010 I played well; the rest I play really bad.I want to try to change that.
Q. From your perspective, who is the best indoor player in the world, and do you think indoor tennis would deserve a Grand Slam? RAFAEL NADAL: We need to create more Grand Slams, so I don't know. Indoor tennis is a great surface. Nothing against the indoor.Me personally, I prefer to play in the sunshine. I like the hot conditions. I feel more happy when I play on hot and outside and you see the sunshine.But is a personal feeling. Is not nothing relevant. The really thing is we only have four Grand Slams, so you have the Masters in indoor every year. That's great. It's a great tournament. It's not that great that we play the Masters in indoor every time on the same surface. It's great that he have the indoor Masters, but changing surfaces with having the possibilities to play one year on clay, one year on grass, one year on hard, something that during all my career I was a little bit unlucky and I played ought Masters Cup indoor. You remember here few years ago that was like other surface like plastic, I don't know. Now is that material, this material.I never had the chance to play like happened in the past that they played in Houston, hot outside, or clay Masters. Never had that chance, so that's something that I was not lucky in that. But even like this, London is great atmosphere, and I hope to be ready for that.
Q. Can you talk about is it challenging for you to play Masters 1000 this week knowing you're playing the Masters next week? How do you feel about it?
RAFAEL NADAL: It's not the ideal thing. I really don't like to play this and then the Masters, because at the end for the Masters is not positive. Normally we have the presentation, the promotion, so less chances to have all of those things and to prepare well for the last tournament of the season.It's true that even if I prepared well I never played well, so... (smiling.) In theory it's better have one week before the Masters. But the real thing is the players are tired. Players play from the beginning of the season, from very early in the season, and the problem is not playing tennis. It's the pressure. It's the physical demanding. Because if you were playing, I don't know, exhibitions or friendly matches, or you are, you know, practicing, you don't feel that tired. Problem is playing higher competition against the best players every week. That's happening too often, and that's why the players decided to put Bercy and World Tour Finals back to back. At the end, the players who are not playing the Masters have almost two months of rest, and that's a great break.But we're still feeling that a little bit more break would be great for the players to recover well the body to try to have a little bit longer careers.
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J. DEL POTRO/R. Nadal
6 2, 6 4
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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Have you ever faced such a brutal, consistent display of tennis as you faced tonight? Del Potro was on fire.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, he played amazing. Just congratulate him.
Very few times I played against a player with a level like today I played against. Nothing to say on me. I felt that I could serve better than what I did talking about me. At the end you have to analyze what you can do better.
That return on the 1 0, 30 40, that can go in. But at the end I played against a player who served 80% of first serves, who hit every ball as hard as he can I think, and with no mistakes.
So I go home with the calm that I did all what I had to do and I played today against a player that was better than me tonight. That's all. Is fair to say that.
Q. Since Juan Martin won the US Open in 2009, only four players have won Grand Slam titles since then. Do you think he is the player most likely to break back into that top group of players?
RAFAEL NADAL: If he plays like he did this afternoon, of course, yeah. But is true that after the injury that he had, that is very tough to come back after injuries. Is true it was tough for him to find, well, the level of tonight. I don't know if he found before, but to find close to this level.
If he plays similar to this level, for sure he's one of the biggest candidates to win a Grand Slam tournaments. He's able to do it. I'm sure he will win more.
It is true that the last three years he played well, but he didn't arrive to this level. So is great to see him play again at this very, very high level. At the end is good to have players who have the potential to play at this unbelievable level.
Q. You've been saying all week that the court surface here is faster than Beijing. Is that almost perfect conditions for Juan Martin, the way he hits the ball hard and low?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is perfect if you are playing the way that he is playing at the end. I like to play on fast surfaces. But a little bit slower I will have a chance to change a little bit the dynamic of the game. But the only chance to change the dynamic of the game was to hit hard, closer to the lines.
I really go home with the feeling that I didn't play bad. That's the real thing. Is fair to say that. I am enough humble to say that, that I played well, and I lost 6 2, 6 4.
Is true, in my opinion, that I never talk about luck. But lot of important points that he played at the limit, and he was able to keep touching lines, keep playing as hard as he can, and no mistakes in that important moments. That's it.
Is true that the conditions were good for him. But in my opinion were good for me, too if he don't play at that level.
Q. We all know the last time Del Potro beat you was 2009 US Open semifinal. How different has he become as a player since then, in your opinion?
RAFAEL NADAL: In that match I had 26 millimeters abdominal break. So we cannot count about that match. I lost 6 2, 6 2, 6 2. For me it was miracle to be in that semifinals, because I started the US Open with six millimeters tear, the abdominal. When I arrived after the semifinals I had 26. Being in the semifinal was one of the greatest results I had because of my conditions and no possibility to play with my condition to play against a player like Juan Martin in those moments.
In my opinion, he played much better tonight than he did in that match.
Q. Two weeks ago you came to China with the No. 2 ranking and the perfect record on hard courts. Now you go back to Europe with No. 1 ranking and two defeats on hard court. Can you sum up your experience in Asia for the two weeks.
RAFAEL NADAL: Two tough tournaments. I played two tournaments that best players are here in the conditions that these ones I liked, last one the ball was too difficult for me. I didn't like the ball. Two positive results. In the end final and semifinals.
The problem is always the same: when you are winning a lot, like what we are doing, last couple years, other players, seems like semifinals is nothing. The perspective, my view, my perspective is completely different at the end. Semifinals are positive result.
At the end I played this year seven Masters 1000s. I played six finals, five victories, one semifinals. You cannot expect to be in the final in every week that you are playing and in every week that the best players are there.
So is normal that you play against players like today that they are decided to attack, they are decided to take all the risk possible that you can risk in the tennis court. The inspiration is completely there.
Today was one of these days. The positive thing is I fight during the whole match with the right attitude, in my opinion. If he went down little bit, I going to be there fighting for the match.
When days like this, only thing you can do is congratulate opponent, keep working the same way. I am in the right way. I enjoyed playing this week. I am very happy the way that I played this week, even if I lost in semifinals.
I consider my level this week very high. Yesterday was a great victory for me. If I am able to keep playing at this level, I am confident that I will keep having positive results. Not everybody going to play like he did tonight.
Q. You still have an opportunity to win six Masters this year with Paris coming up. We know that tournament is always a difficult one because of where it sits in the calendar. Is the idea of getting that sixth Masters of the year going to play into your decision to play that one?
RAFAEL NADAL: Win six Masters in one year is a joke. Is too much. Is very difficult to do that, no? Played already seven finals. That's much more than what I ever thought.
Is something that I never think about. But I going to go to Paris with motivation to keep playing well, keep enjoying the season. At the end, the rest of the season is to enjoy what I had.
What happened to me this season is just very emotional and fantastic. So what remains on the season is to play with the right attitude, positive, try to keep playing well, try to arrive to the last tournament of the year with better feelings than what I had in the past, and try to give me an opportunity.
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R. NADAL/S. Wawrinka
7 6, 6 1
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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Your reaction to the shocking news of the death of Maria De Villota to today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Very bad new for the world of sport in general, for the Spanish sport especially. Very difficult to say things on day like today, no? Stay positive. All the best for her family. Very difficult to find a word because is a very sad, sad day for all of us. That's it, no?
I hope even if she didn't suffered on that last moment hopefully, that's only positive thing I think. The rest of the things are all very, very negative. Very, very sad.
Q. The first set, the tiebreak in particular, a very long one. Can you talk about how you were able to steal that set.
RAFAEL NADAL: Very tough, no? Match in general, first set especially, was very, very hard one. I think I played a great set. But court is fast. His serve was huge. He came to the court with that determination to hit every ball by taking the ball earlier, hit the ball very quick, go for the big shots in every moment. So was very difficult to stop him.
Positive thing, when he was playing well, I was playing well, too. I was able to resist. If I was not playing well, I going to lose that set. So I played a great set.
After that I was able to maintain the level. Breakpoints, first game of the second set, had that break. Very happy to be in semifinals in this tournament. Is a great new for me. Very happy. Is a very important tournament that always was tough for me to play well here. Last tournaments of the year. Semifinals on a Masters 1000, fast court, hard court, always have to be very positive new for me. So very happy.
Q. Do you know in China people usually like to cheer for the unstrong one. In the tiebreak when you hear they cheer for Wawrinka, how do you adjust yourself mentally?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think the people enjoyed the match. I don't feel the people was more with him than with me. I think the people enjoyed the nice show I think in the end. Good tennis out there.
The people here in China every time knows more and more about tennis because of this tournament, Masters in the past, Beijing, all China tennis, men and women, have. So tennis becoming very popular.
I think they enjoyed the match. Was a positive thing that every year I see more people on the stadium. That's great new for tennis in general and for the China.
Q. I know for the players, they have a whole set of weapons. What is your biggest weapon for tonight for you to win the match? Is it the same weapon you use in the past that you win a lot of matches?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I was able to move well tonight. The movements were great. I play with the right determination. Forehand worked well tonight. Lot of good forehands in important moments.
I finished another match without losing the serve. That's the great new.
Q. You mentioned you're quite pleased to make the semifinals here because of the speed of the court. Does it continue to surprise you that you've been able to maintain the success on not just hard courts but especially fast hard courts?
RAFAEL NADAL: I like the fast courts, seriously. A lot of people always thought that because I had a lot of success on clay that I prefer to play in a slow court on hard. But that's something that is not true.
If I am playing well, little bit faster helps me more because I was able to win more free points with my serve. Even if the opponents are doing, they are doing in the slower surfaces, too.
That power that remains on my serve, if I'm able to change the direction, the surface help me to have a better serve. Then I have quick movements on my legs. I am a fast player. So I can play very well on hard courts, and quick ones.
Surprise or not? Montréal didn't surprise me. Always when you win a tournament like Montréal is a good surprise. But to know that I can play well on Montréal did not surprise me. Cincinnati, yes. But when you play the tournament eight times, my feeling was I never played a real good match there. So arrive there one year, win the tournament playing very high level, sure is a great surprise.
Here more than surfaces or conditions, you know, most of the times I arrived a little bit more tired mentally than other things. So important every victory for me at this part of the season because normally I was not playing very well. I feel happy to be through. Every match is very important.
Q. You spent a lot of time with the Chinese player Wu Di. Talk about him, some opinions about his potential.
RAFAEL NADAL: Very good technique, yeah. He's a great player. Very good rhythm. Very talented. Always the same: if you are able to keep improving, he will have the chance to be in the top 100. He has a lot of positive things. He's quick. He has a good control of the ball. He's able to take the ball early. That's something difficult on tennis. If he's able to keep improving, I will see him sure in the top 100 on the tour.
Q. Any advice?
RAFAEL NADAL: The only advice that I can say is the advice that everybody knows: practice every day with the right attitude, go on court every day with a goal on improving something, not go on court just practice for practice. Sometimes you lost that ambition to keep improving. Is something that really help me during my whole career. Every time I go on court, my motivation is try to be better player and try to improve the things I need to improve.
You will not feel that you are improving in one week, in one month, but if you are able to work on the things, after six months, one year, you will see the things you were working starts to give you good success.
Q. Your thoughts on playing Del Potro? You played him in Indian Wells.
RAFAEL NADAL: Conditions here are completely different than Indian Wells. Indian Wells, the conditions there are different. The ball flies and high bounces, very high bounces on the topspin. The conditions in Indian Wells, because of the results, are the more positive conditions for me to play. Court is not slow, is not quick, but at the same time the ball goes quick. Big bounces, that help me.
Here the bounces are much lower. Court is faster. I cannot expect a similar match than Indian Wells. Even the match was very hard there. The match will be less rallies, I think. The only way to play against him and have success is play my best tennis, play aggressive on this surface.
If I am not able to play inside the court, if I go behind the baseline, I don't going to have chances. He has probably better serve than me. He can have better shots than me, sometimes flat shots than me. I think I am a little bit quicker than him. So I need to play inside, to put pressure on him, and try to be very solid with my serve because I know the opportunities on the return will not be very often. So we'll see.
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Some of my favorite match photos of the semifinal in Shanghai. You can view the entire album over at facebook!
Photos: Getty Images
|1st Serve %||80%||70%|
|1st Serve Points Won||34/52 (65%)||26/47 (55%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||9/13 (69%)||12/20 (60%)|
|Break Points Saved||6/6 (100%)||8/11 (73%)|
|Service Games Played||9||9|
|1st Return Points Won||21/47 (45%)||18/52 (35%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||8/20 (40%)||4/13 (31%)|
|Break Points Won||3/11 (27%)||0/6 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||9||9|
|Total Service Points Won||43/65 (66%)||38/67 (57%)|
|Total Return Points Won||29/67 (43%)||22/65 (34%)|
|Total Points Won||72/132 (55%)||60/132 (45%)|
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