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Rafael Nadal's press conference after QF at Australian Open 2015 (PHOTOS/VIDEO + Transcript)

Q. Were you feeling at all unwell or unfit today?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am feeling okay. Just was not my day. I didn't play with the right intensity, with the right rhythm, and the opponent played better than me. In sport, when you are going to play against an opponent, was a day that the opponent played better than me.

Q. Do you think it's also the fact that you haven't played such a player for a while, the whole process of coming back?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is probably not the day to talk about that. We talked enough about that before the tournament and almost every day, so is a day that I just can congratulate my opponent, accept that. Is obvious that I needed something more to be more competitive, as I did in the third. The third was the right set, the right game that I have to play. But is obvious that before I didn't play with the right confidence, with the right intensity, losing court, playing very short. I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarterfinals of Grand Slam helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did. The first two sets, the beginning -- since the beginning of the third, I played with more character, more the way that I have to play to have chances to keep being -- to be where I want to be, to be where I have been for the last lot of years. I don't know how many. So that's it. Just will keep working hard on the things that I have to do. As I said when I arrived here, the process always is not easy. When you have injuries, are difficult the comebacks. There are so many examples around the world of sport that have been tough to be back. For me, I'm not an exception on that, no? I have to take the positive things. Without being at my top level of tennis I was able to be here in quarterfinals. Is not a bad result at all for me arriving here the way I arrived: only with one match, only with five matches in seven months. So taking the positive part, that's the thing that I have to take. That's just the beginning of the season, and I want to keep having chances to compete well against everybody. I need to keep working the way that I am doing for be ready for the next. The season is long, I know. Beginnings are tough. I need to be ready to accept all the situations that's going to happen or happened and try to be strong, accepting everything, and working hard to be back the way that I want to be. When I say 'be back,' I don't mean win or lose, I mean have the feeling on court that when you are there you feel confident, you feel you can compete against everybody with equal conditions.

Q. We will never know, but do you think if you had won that third set it could have changed everything, or were you still feeling that Tomas had a little bit the upper hand?

RAFAEL NADAL: "If" doesn't exist in sport. That's the real thing. If, if, if - never comes. The thing is, you have to do it. I didn't have the chance to play the fourth; I lost the third, so that's it. That's sport. I lost the third. He's happier than me in the locker room. I am not very happy because I didn't competed the way I wanted to competed the first two sets and that's something that I don't like. But I tried my best again in the third. I was closer. I had some chances with the 4-All, some breakpoints. The tiebreak I was there fighting even that the situation was tough. But he played aggressive. The tiebreak, he served well. Two sets to love advantage makes the opponent play with more calm than if he is one set to love or one set all. That's a big difference.

Q. Speak a little bit about Berdych today. Do you think he has what it takes to go all the way in this tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know if he can go all the way to win this. There's so many good players there that are playing very well. Andy is playing so well. We'll see. It's true that Tomas is playing well. Just happy to see the way that the tournament develops. The best players are there fighting for the tournament. Tomas is a very regular player that he deserves to be there. He have been in the top positions of the rankings for a long, long time, being very regular, being very professional on what he's doing. So he deserve that. And now let's see what's going on, no? For me, I feel that he resisted well in the third. But before was too easy for me to analyze the way he played. He played well, obvious. But my feeling was that I help him a lot in the beginning, no? Is easier to play well when you are up in the score, one break up, two breaks up from beginning of every set, no? That's a big deal, big difference.

Q. The TV showed you taking a pill at some stage early in the third.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, happened nothing. I am feeling well. That's it. That's part of the things that happen sometimes during the matches, but nothing important to say.

Q. Was there anything particularly about Tomas' game today that you found difficult to deal with?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's always that he serve very well. He played aggressive. But I say before, no, in the third, yes, I was able to maintain the rhythm of the ball, to try to put one more ball inside. If I'm able to do that for two hours and a half, three hours, then he can feel the pressure, he can feel more tired when he's going for the shots. But the real thing, I tested him for one hour, for a set. For the rest of the thing I didn't test him in general. As I said before, Tomas is ranked No. 5, No. 6 of the word, No. 7, I don't know. He's a top player. We cannot expect the things that -- all the challenges that he put me on court today because he's a top player. You have to play well to win against a player like Tomas. I didn't play my best today. He played better than me and that's it. That's the sport. Sometimes, almost every time, is simple: the player who plays better, the player who is able to maintain the better rhythm, the better concentration, play with less mistakes, is the player who has more success. And today this player has been Tomas.

Q. Have you ever had a tournament like this where you felt like you've been so up and down? If so, how were you able to manage your expectations coming in today? Were you...

RAFAEL NADAL: I'm sorry. Can you repeat the beginning?

Q. You have been very up and down. You've had a very good match and you've had a so-so match today.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not so-so, very bad. You can say, no problem (smiling).



Q. How hard is it to go on court not knowing what to expect from yourself each match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing new in my side. Is not the first time in my career I have been injury. Is not the first time that I have bad feelings when I am coming back. Is normal and is part of the process. Is part of the process that when I am playing bad, I cannot play that bad. When I am playing well, I have to be able to maintain that level of tennis. When you are coming back from an injuries you lose more easier the feeling than what you do when you are on rhythm, when you are with no injuries, when you are confident in yourself that you played a lot of matches. And that's the thing that happened, no? When I was playing well, I played well. But at the same time, against Sela I played two well two sets, played bad the third. Against Anderson, was probably the only match I played regular. Played the right level during almost all the time. The rest of the matches have been lot of up and down. Against players, top players like the one that I played today, you need to be more -- you cannot be here and here. When you are playing a five-set matches, you're not going to be during the five sets here. But when you are playing bad, you cannot come here. You have to be here. You cannot make that big difference of level during the match. That's the things that can happen when you are coming back from an injury, when you are out of rhythm.



Вопрос: Вы себя чувствовали плохо или не удобные для Вас условия сегодня?

Рафаэль Надаль: Нет, я чувствую себя нормально. Просто был не мой день. Я не играл с правильной интенсивностью, с правильным ритмом, и соперник играл лучше меня.

Вопрос: Как Вы думаете, повлияло ли то, что вы еще не играли против  игрока такого уровня после возвращаения?

Рафаэль Надаль: Мы говорили достаточно об этом до начала турнира. Это день, когда я просто могу поздравить моего оппонента, и принять это. Очевидно, что мне нужно что-то большее, чтобы быть конкурентоспособным, как я сделал в третьем сете. Но очевидно,  я не играл с уверенностью, с правильной интенсивностью, теряя корт, играя очень коротко. Я играл так, что ему было очень легко. Невозможно выигрывать матчи в четвертьфинале Большого шлема, помогая сопернику играть хорошо. А это то. что я сделал.
Я буду продолжать упорно трудиться, я должен это сделать. Как я уже сказал, по приезду сюда, процесс всегда не лёгок. Не будучи на моём высшем уровне тенниса, я был в состоянии пройти в четвертьфинал. Разве это плохой результат для меня, приехавшего сюда, только с одним матчем в этом сезоне, только с пятью матчами за семь месяцев.
Это только начало сезона, и я хочу иметь шансы для конкуренции против всех. Мне нужно продолжать работать для того, чтобы быть готовым к дальнейнему. Сезон длинный. Начало трудное. Я должен быть готов принять все ситуации, которые произойдут или произошли, и попытаться быть сильным, принимая все, и прилагая все усилия, чтобы вернуться. Когда я говорю «вернуться», я не имею в виду выиграть или проиграть, я имею в виду иметь уверенность на корте, и чувствовать, что я могу конкурировать против всех на равных.

Вопрос: Мы никогда не узнаем это, но если бы вы выиграли третий сет, это могло бы изменить ход матча?

Рафаэль Надаль: "Если" не существует в спорте. Есть реальность. У меня не было шанса сыграть четвертый сет. Это спорт. Я не очень счастлив, потому что я не играл, как я хотел, и это мне не нравится. Но я старался изо всех сил в третьем сете.  Но он играл агрессивно. На тай-брейк, он хорошо подавал.

Вопрос:  Как вы думаете, у Бердыха есть то, что нужно, чтобы пройти весь путь в этом турнире?

Рафаэль Надаль: Я не знаю,  может  ли он выиграть. Очень много хороших игроков, которые играют очень хорошо. Энди играет хорошо. Посмотрим. Томаш играет хорошо. Он был на верхних позициях рейтинга в течение долгого времени. Таким образом, он заслужил это.

Вопрос:  Показали, что Вы берете таблетку на каком-то этапе, в начале третьего сета.

Рафаэль Надаль: Да, ничего не произошло. Я чувствую себя хорошо. Это  иногда случается во время матчей, но ничего важного.

Вопрос: Было ли что-то в игре  Томаша сегодня, с чем вам было особенно  трудно справиться?

Рафаэль Надаль: Как всегда, у него очень хорошая подача. Он играл агрессивно.  Я не показал мой лучший теннис сегодня. Он играл лучше меня, вот и все. Это спорт. Всегда выигрывает игрок, который играет лучше, который способен поддерживать ритм, лучшую концентрацию, играть с меньшим количеством ошибок. И сегодня этим игроком был Томаш.

Вопрос: У Вас были подъёмы и спады на этом турнире. У Вас был очень хороший прошлый  матч, и вы были так себе  сегодня.

Рафаэль Надаль: Нет, не так себе, очень плохо. Вы можете сказать именно так: никаких проблем.

Вопрос: Насколько трудно идти на корт не зная, чего ожидать от себя?

Рафаэль Надаль: Ничего нового для меня. Разве это первый раз в моей карьере, когда я после травмы. Разве это первый раз, когда у меня есть плохие чувства, когда я возвращаюсь. Это нормально и является частью этого процесса. Когда вы возвращаетесь после травм вы теряете  чувства, которые существуют, когда вы находитесь в ритме, когда вы без каких-либо повреждений, вы уверены в себе, потому что вы играли много матчей.  Когда я играл хорошо, я играл хорошо. Но в то же время, против Села я играл хорошо два сета, и играл плохо третий. Против Андерсона, был, вероятно, единственный матч, когда я играл хорошо в течении всего матча. Это то, что может произойти, когда вы возвращаетесь после травмы, когда вы находитесь вне ритма.

Перевод: Tanika Molvi

Photo: Getty Images, AP


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