After Roland-Garros (13 titles), Barcelona (12) and Monte-Carlo (11), Rafael Nadal reached the bar of ten titles received on the Masters 1000 in Rome on Sunday.
How do you’re feeling after a tenth victory in Rome?
Rafael Nadal : Great satisfaction, in fact, it is fabulous to have this trophy with me once more, as soon as once more. After reaching ten titles at Roland Garros, ten in Monte Carlo, ten in Barcelona, I actually needed this one. It’s a tremendous essential match for me. I’ve been through a lot during this week: nice occasions, a little little bit of luck, occasions of ache, however on the finish of the day I believe I delivered stable tennis.
What occurred within the second set of the ultimate, with a hunch?
There is all the time a little bit of the whole lot in these sorts of matches. You’re taking part in towards among the best gamers (on the planet) and it is okay to undergo, proper? I felt higher than him on the finish of the primary set, then in the beginning of the second. But then I did not convert my alternatives on his first two serves, after which I had a horrible recreation … once more due to the wind, and we ended up at 4-1. I misplaced some focus. I needed to get again to my mind-set from the primary set and I believe I even performed the third higher than the primary.
How do you method Roland-Garros, your favourite match?
It is all the time a very particular place for me. Everyone is aware of that this is arguably an important place in my profession. There I’ve to go house, I would like a little relaxation. I’ve spent a lot of hours on the court docket this week. So a few days off after which we return to work. I believe I can work on one or two issues that I can enhance. I’ve made progress this week, I believe, however I’ve to verify this enchancment, to be much more assured. I’ve two weeks of labor and I’ll do it. Work and psychological relaxation.
Interview at a press convention
Novak Djokovic (SER, Rome Masters 1000 finalist on Sunday) : “I was happy to meet Nadal with a view to Roland-Garros. There is no greater challenge than playing Rafa on clay, in the final. I am very satisfied with my fighting spirit. The level of tennis has continued to rise. Yesterday I played really well. Today, I also think I played well. The decisive moments of the first and third set turned to his advantage. Of course, I’m disappointed that I didn’t win, but I’m very happy with the level of tennis I managed to find at the end of the tournament. I’m starting to feel like I want to feel on clay. I still play in Belgrade a tournament before Paris, it will give me a few more matches, and after rock n’roll in Paris! ” (in press convention)