15 April 2015
R. NADAL/L. Pouille
6-2, 6-1
An interview with:
RAFAEL NADAL
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. With today's win you are 27-3
against a guy who is born in the '90s. All
your losses against guys born in the '90s
came in the last six months.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know exactly
which players are from '90s. But obviously my
opponent of today, Lucas, he has everything to
be a good player: good serve, very good shots
from the baseline, he know how to play the
points, good rhythm of legs. Sure he will has
good chances to be in a high position of ranking.
He's young. I think he has a very high
level. Yesterday he win against a player who
came here playing very well, playing quarterfinals
in Miami. So was a great win. And I think today
he didn't play bad. I think I played a very solid
match.
But I see the match that was a tough
one, but I played little bit better than what I was
doing before.
Q. Have you changed your racquet or
the strings recently?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I heard about
somebody write that I change my strings. My
strings are the same. I changed my racquet, not
the strings.
Q. Why did you change the racquet?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, honestly, we
were thinking about before the season start. But
was not enough time to prepare the racquet for
before the season start. So now the racquets
are ready. I practiced with them in Mallorca
since I came back from Miami.
Is a little bit of change. I really didn't
change the racquet since very, very long time
ago, since I don't remember when. But is a
change to try to have little bit more spin. The
holes between the strings are a little bit bigger
than the other racquet. We decided to change
the racquet to try to increase little bit the spin
again.
Is true that with this new racquet,
probably I have less control. Not today. In
theory I have less control. In theory I have more
power and more spin, so...
But what I am trying to find with the new
racquet always is a change. Always risks when
you change things. But I like the racquet. I will
continue playing with that racquet.
Q. Do you think it is more difficult
today for players who are 19, 20, 21, to break
through on clay especially than when you
were that age, when you and Novak and Andy
and others were that age? Is it more difficult
today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Why?
Q. I wonder because maybe on clay it
is harder to win points. Players now seem to
be more physical, quicker, stronger. Does
that make it more difficult for young players
to break through?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am not agree.
When I arrived here, when I was younger than
this generation, Coria, Nalbandian, Hewitt,
Federer, Safin, Roddick, they have been young
players when I arrived there. They have been
23, 24. They still young. So always seems like
is very difficult when I arrived here.
I thought is almost impossible be there
because there is all these players that they are
there, and they are young. Will be a big, big
challenge to go there.
At the end you are there, you have the
level to be there. Is not tougher now or more
difficult. Is a thing of level. If you have the level,
you can be there.
Is true that what happened the last eight
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years on tennis, few players have been more
solid and regular than probably the rest of the
history of our sport. That's a real thing.
But the real thing, too, is Roger has I
don't know how many years old, but is not young
anymore. I am not young anymore. Novak is a
little bit younger than the two. We are not
anymore 23, 22.
So is a thing of level. If they are able to
keep playing well, to keep improving, having
matches on tour, in months or years, they will be
there.
Q. There is no reason why someone
who is 19 or 20...
RAFAEL NADAL: The reason that you
say, I do not agree. Maybe because other facts I
don't want to say. But is not because the players
are more physical today. Is more level of tennis
than another thing.
Q. You may have to play John Isner
tomorrow. What do you remember of the
match you played in Roland Garros when you
were down two sets to one? Also is this
surface better for you because it's less quick
probably than Roland Garros?
RAFAEL NADAL:
I remember the
match, yes. The surface is not slower than one
in Roland Garros one. The court is smaller.
That makes the conditions always a little bit
faster than when the court is bigger.
He is a very dangerous player in any
surface because his serve works well in clay,
hard, indoor, everywhere.
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Q. You were very solid today. How
much confidence does it give you, a match
like today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was practicing well
before the tournament start. Had a good five
days of practice here in Monte-Carlo that I felt
well. Always the competition is more important.
After what happened in Miami, sure is a
test always a match that you play after what
happened there. Was a good test for me. I
repeat: the result is easy, but the match was not
easy and the opponent was not easy. I was able
to win with a very positive score.
I don't know how many unforced errors I
did during the whole match, but for sure almost
no one. I played with the right mentality, the right
concentration. I didn't have mistakes in a row.
That's something that happened the last couple
months with me. I was able to play a few games
good, then I played one game that I have four
mistakes in a row or three mistakes in a row,
something that I need to change that.
Historically I am a player that I am a regular
player, I can have mistakes, but not three in a
row.
I am working on that to fix that. Today I
fixed. Today I play solid. Today I play with no
mistakes in a row. I play aggressive when I have
to play aggressive. I hit some good passing
shots than the last couple months, a thing that I
haven't been doing very well.
I don't know what going to happen
tomorrow. But today I go back to the hotel with
fantastic feeling because I play probably the best
match of the year for me.
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