PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 17, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How did you feel out there today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Normal. I think I didn't play my best tennis,
but I didn't play bad. Normal match. I think he start very
nervous. You see the score, 4-0, so it was very important in
the match in the second set, well, in the break. I have
break in the -- 3-2, 4-2. I think he had some mistakes. So
what -- maybe it was a comfortable match.
Q. Where is your hard court game? You've won, I think,
maybe five titles on hard courts.
RAFAEL NADAL: Five, you think? That's a lot, no?
Q. Dubai, Madrid, Montreal, Beijing, Indian Wells.
RAFAEL NADAL: I win Montreal, Madrid, Dubai, Indian Wells.
RAFAEL NADAL: Some finals.
Q. Where did you feel your hard court game is right now?
Do you feel like you're getting better on this surface?
RAFAEL NADAL: You always ask me the same, no? I try my best
every day, every tournament, no? And I know sometimes I have
to play my best, and sometimes I feel playing better and
sometimes I feel playing worse, no?
If I'm feeling playing very good, I can play very well on
this surface. If not, well, my level is a little bit lower
than clay, that's sure.
Q. Where do you feel your level has been on hard the last
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, in Rotterdam I was playing very well,
but I have very difficult lose, no? Well, it was tough lose
this match against Seppi, because I was playing very well.
In Dubai I started tournament playing very bad and I finish
okay. I played not bad match. Here, normal.
Q. You been serving pretty well this week, 70% today. How
do you feel you're going to have to do if you play Tsonga or
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, if you watch the speed it was not
perfect today. I have to improve. I have one more day -- day
THE MODERATOR: The schedule is not out yet.
RAFAEL NADAL: So I have one more day. Yesterday I practice a
lot, the serve. Tomorrow I not practice so much. I think
that's work. I try to play very good match against Tsonga.
Q. Are you eagerly awaiting playing him again, matchup
against Tsonga again?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, in Australia I have a tough lose for me,
no? But I'm going to try my best this time and improve.
Q. Does it affect you at all when you're playing an
opponent who is as nervous as he was?
THE MODERATOR: (In Spanish).
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think he's young. I know if I start
the match well and having some distance on the score it's
difficult for the other, no? So I try go up to the score in
the beginning -- well, he had some mistakes: Double fault
and one easy forehand.
Q. You said a couple days ago that you were practicing
the dropshots. How do you feel you played the dropshots
RAFAEL NADAL: Did you saw someone? Some went fine and some
-- other ones not.
Q. Against Tsonga in Australia, I mean, after the match
he played so well and you said, Well, let's see if he can
keep that level, you know, for the whole year. Are you
expecting that you're going to be able to get into the match
more than you were able to in Australia? (In Spanish .)
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I'm going to be fine tomorrow, no?
After tomorrow for -- I go on court and for try to beat him,
no? Well, going to be important to serve well, because he's
strong in his serve, and from baseline, try to play a little
bit more aggressive than in Australia, no?
I think he have -- he has the control of the point all the
time there, so try to not repeat the same.
Q. You're also very close to Roger for No. 1.
RAFAEL NADAL: Not very close.
Q. Well, you're very close but you have a lot more points
RAFAEL NADAL: So not very close.
Q. But do you feel any closer or do you feel further
RAFAEL NADAL: I do not feel close, no. When you're defending
champion and he doesn't defend nothing, you know, it's not
Q. So you don't feel close at all?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel I am No. 3 in the race.
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