Rafael Nadal: 'Not allowing on-court coaching is stupid!'
Highlights of Rafael Nadal's press conference after his four sets win over Juan Martin del Potro. 'Important victory against a great opponent. He came to that match with confidence after beating Roger, Dominic, too.
A lot of the matches he played this tournament have been a tough one. But at the same time, I think I played a solid match. After the first set I changed it a little bit, changed my tactic, strategy change a little bit. And that makes the difference, no? I was not feeling bad the ball the first set, but I was wrong in the way that I was trying to play.
I started to understand a little bit better what I needed to do to try to be a little bit more unpredictable, because he was waiting for me in his backhand side. He was not moving from that side, so, yeah, I have to cover full court.
He only had to cover 60% of the court most of the time. So was a big advantage for him. Then I decided to change completely to play much more forehands down the line, and then I was more unpredictable and he was more in trouble, because he didn't know where to go, no? He arrived much more times running to his backhand, that then when he arrives running to his backhand is completely different than when he is waiting the ball there.
And then, I don't know the statistics, I didn't see it, but I don't feel I make many mistakes after that first set, and I really hit good winners. I served well. I served really well. In general terms, have been a great match.
I'm very happy with the way I played.' You were talking about the change of tactic. It wasn't Carlos and it wasn't Uncle Toni to tell you. Is it important that the player has a coach on court, as some people are suggesting, or you think everyone should do it on his own, individual sports? 'Of course was by myself, because people don't talk from outside or cannot talk from outside, but is true that at the same time, I was talking about all the possibilities before the match with my team.
So I know the things that could happen, and I know what I have to do. Then of course is easy to say. Difficult to make it. But I gonna say always the same. Is a little bit stupid that you have a coach traveling for you, with you during the whole season and practicing with you every day, and is a little bit stupid that in the most important moment, he cannot tell you anything (smiling).
In my opinion, will be good if -- I don't know if coach have to come on court, but would be good if the coach can talk.' What do you think the most important reasons are for the way you're playing this whole year and in this tournament after all the years you have been playing and the injuries that you have had? 'Of course I felt when I arrived to Australia that I was playing at very high level, but then you need to win matches.
I was playing well, but then you need to do it in the competition. Of course if you practice well and you feel yourself well, you have more chances to win matches in the events, in the tournaments. But this 20, 30%, that is a big difference.
You only make this chance winning matches, because it's about confidence. It's about things that when you are on court comes automatic. You don't have to think about what you doing in some moments, important moments.
Things comes straightaway without thinking that much, and all these things happen only when you are in a good moment, in a good way winning a lot of matches in a row. So of course beginning of the year, have been very positive, but clay court season has been unbelievable.
So that helps a lot for my confidence, to be more calm and, yeah, I am here in the final. Is a great result for me already. I will now remain last match against a very tough opponent, and I need to be ready for it. Is probably the most important match for me that remain of this year, so I gonna try my best to play my best.' You had such a tough year last year.
What would it mean to you to win two Slams this year? 'I tell you, for me what is more important, more than win Slams is be happy. I am happy if I am healthy and happy, if I feel competitive in the most of the weeks that I am playing, and that's what happened this year.
So I am very happy about what happened, very happy to win Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Roland Garros. I am very happy to be in the final here in the US Open. Of course winning or losing that final is a big change, but I am very happy about all the things that happen to me and I am going to fight to win another title here.
But still a great season for me. And as I tell you before, for me, more than winning Grand Slams or not, of course, if I win, I will be more happy but is about being healthy and feel myself well and competitive. That's already happened in the whole season.