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10/08 Rafael Nadal at the press conference after his win over Djokovic in Montreal
Rafael Nadal's press conference after his match against N.Djokovic at Rogers Cup August 10, 2013 (Transcript)
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You served very aggressive in the first game. You returned
aggressively. You played the first couple points in the tiebreak
aggressively. Was it your plan to dictate early every chance you could
get? RAFAEL NADAL: I said yesterday the only chance to win against Novak, the only tactic is play very well. To play very well,
I have to play aggressive. If not, I cannot play very well in this
kind of surface. And I did. I played a very high level tonight, I
think. I played with the right decision in the important moments. And, yes, the serve worked well during the whole night. And the shots
from the baseline, I tried to stay very close to the baseline, go inside
when I had the chance. Against Novak, you cannot lose the court in no
one surface, but especially a surface like here. So that's what I tried. More difficult thing is not try, is do it. Today I had the right feelings.
Q. Today you hit the forehand very aggressively, often down the line.
I learned when you started playing tennis you hit it with two hands.
How many years did it take for you to be comfortable attacking with one
hand? RAFAEL NADAL: Not much. No, I changed at the age of 10, so
was early. At age of 11, I won the championship of Spain, Under12. So
I was one year less and I won with one hand. Didn't take a long time.
Q. Wasn't difficult for you to make the change? RAFAEL NADAL: All the changes are not easy. But when you are a kid,
everything is a little bit less difficult, all the changes. You can
Q. What is it about the rivalry between you and Novak that brings the best out of both of you? RAFAEL NADAL: What makes these kind of matches happens is the passion
for the game, the illusion to be better player. And I said the other
day, no, what makes these special matches between me and Novak, is true
that we don't play exactly the same way, but one is not here and another
here. At the end we play both from the baseline. We try to control
the point from there. We push each other to the limit of our tennis. That makes possible these kind of matches when both of us, we are playing at a good level.
Q. The stadium was pretty loud tonight. Can it be any louder tomorrow? Were you at all bothered during the match today? RAFAEL NADAL: No, for me is not a problem, no? The crowd here knows
about tennis. They always act the right way even if there is a Canadian
there. I think is great for the tournament, is great for the crowd,
and is great for the tennis in general have a local player here in the
final, no? He's playing well. Tomorrow will be a big match for
him, but for me too. So gonna be a very tough one. He's playing great.
He had a great victories this week. He will come to the final with
big confidence. Will be a very big challenge for me.
time you met Milos, it was on hard court in Tokyo 2011. How will it be
different this time, especially in front of his home crowd? RAFAEL
NADAL: I don't know. I think in 2011 he came back after an injury, so
was not the ideal situation for him. Tomorrow probably it is the ideal
situation for him. I play well tonight. That's a confident
victory for me to play the final. Is an important one for me tonight.
But that's not change. Tomorrow I have an important final, too. I want
to be ready for that. My mind is already thinking about the final of
tomorrow. Gonna rest and try to be at my 100%.
Q. You've beaten him three times already. What is the key to beating him? Does the serve cause you any trouble? RAFAEL NADAL: The serve of Milos cause trouble to everybody. He will
play aggressive. He will serve well because he always serve well. Important thing against him is try to be very consistent with my serve
and then if I have an opportunity on the return, try to convert it, try
to make it. That's the only thing that I can do. Try to play
aggressive tomorrow another time.
Q. The first time you
played Milos, you won 64, 64. Afterwards you had nice things to say
about his game. Did you think he would reach the top 10 so quickly? RAFAEL NADAL: Even if he lose tomorrow, he's top 10?
Q. When you played him, did you think he would be that high? RAFAEL NADAL: I said the same the other day, no? When you serve like
Milos serve, you have a big advantage. So then if you are able to
improve your game from the baseline, to play the right way the important
points, the advantages you have is very big. You know that if you
do the things well, you will be on the tiebreak. Play tiebreak with
that serve, I don't want to be in that situation.
time you were in the final in Montrйal was 2005 against Agassi. Since
that moment you've had some injuries. What do you think is the biggest
change in your game since 2005? RAFAEL NADAL: What's my biggest change?
Q. In your game since you played Agassi here. RAFAEL NADAL: I played great against Agassi here in 2005. You know, I am able to play more consistent on hard court than what
used to do in 2005. I improved my game on grass. I improved my game on
clay probably, too, even if I win in that moment. I think I improve in
general. During the years you lose a few things, so you have to
improve some things if you want to continue to be at the top.
Q. What are some things you think you lost? RAFAEL NADAL: Probably the movement was better in 2005 than what is today. Probably the shots not.
Q. Considering the very high level of tennis you played today, did
you expect to play that well that quickly after the month off? RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. I know when you arrive here after one month off,
when you play in a Masters 1000, hard court, a fast surface, you can go
out in the first round. I accept that that was a possibility. The real thing was completely different. I started this important part
of the season with a big result for me. Be in the final is amazing. Be
in a final of a Masters 1000 is amazing for me. Especially beating the
best player of the world, Novak, tonight, is a big result for me. Very
happy for that. Tomorrow is an important match. For me win
another Masters 1000 is a big illusion. But I know that anything can
happen. If I lose tomorrow, anyway I will be very happy the way that I
played and the result that I had this week.