Showing posts with label Interviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interviews. Show all posts

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rafa Nadal Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round

Rafa Nadal Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round Q. Each set took more than one hour. How difficult was it to keep your concentration against Kei? RAFAEL NADAL: I think the concentration for me was okay the whole match. I think I played very focused, fighting for every ball. Kei played fantastic match, in my opinion. Just a few mistakes in some moments that was tough ones. But for the rest, he played very aggressive, he went for the shots. He came on court with determination to take the ball very early and go for the winners. He really had the right feelings to do it. So just was a tough match, a very important win. Very happy. Q. The game looked a lot closer than the scoreboard suggested. Is that how it felt out there? RAFAEL NADAL: 3 hours 16, the score says that the match was very tough. Is true that it was in three sets. I felt like I won in three sets today because every set was very tough. But playing for every set more than one hour is because the match was very close. He was playing great. Was a lot of tough points. I had to run a lot. Q. Is that the sort of workout you wanted for the first day of the second week? RAFAEL NADAL: I don't prepare. I looking forward to play my best and try to win every day. I go on court trying to play my best every day, trying to play aggressive. Sometimes works better, sometimes works a little bit worst.

Roger Federer Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round

Roger Federer Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round Q. Essentially the perfect match. Do you see it the same way? ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I'm very pleased. Don't think I got broken today. That against a great player. So, yeah, I'm extremely happy how things went for me tonight. I was able to play my game, offensive, mix it up, come to the net. Yeah, I was surprised that things worked out for me. Q. Really surprised or... ROGER FEDERER: To a degree (smiling). I mean, been in the quarters before. But, you know, still this was the kind of match I was hoping to play maybe against Jo in Paris in the quarters. I got a hiding that time. I struggled all the way through the entire match. Okay, it was windy and Jo was playing well. But still, you know, I would assume that I would find my way into the match at one point and I never did. That's maybe where I felt maybe my game is off slightly. The hit I took in Indian Wells was more than just a slight setback. So this is nice being back in the quarters, because I haven't been in one, you know, for two now, Wimbledon and the US Open. So I'm back on a streak of 36, so we'll see where it goes now (smiling). Q. You came into the net 36 or 37 times, and you won about 86% of those points. Something you discussed with your coach leading up to the match? ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I'm sure you talk about it. The question is can you then do it. Does Jo allow you to? Is he serving too big? Are you going to serve and volley? How is he returning? It depends a little bit how the match goes. I was hoping I could play a little bit aggressive. So I think it worked out better than I thought it would. You know, I was good at net. I was consistent. I was solid. I was quick. I had the right mindset.

Andy Murray Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round

Andy Murray Interview | 2014 Australian Open 4th Round Q. Been an unusual tournament in the way you've played three guys you've not played before. Has that been one of the trickier things this week? ANDY MURRAY: Uhm, I don't know really. I mean, in all of those matches, when I haven't played against them, I started very, very well. So I can't say not knowing them was a problem because I started all the matches very, very well. The one match I didn't start so well was the one where I knew the opponent very, very well. So, no, I haven't found it particularly strange. Q. What's your sort of overall feeling after that one? ANDY MURRAY: I dominated 95% of the match, and for 15 minutes didn't close the match out. I was one point away from being in here and that being in here after a great performance to playing 15 minutes not perfect. But still created chances, even when I wasn't playing so well at the end of that third set. And then, yeah, the fourth set was fairly comfortable. You know, I lost my serve once. I think he only had breakpoint on my serve in two games in the match possibly. So it was pretty good for the most part. Q. Did you enjoy the context and artistry in that third set? ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, he's a tricky guy to play against, because when he's on the run, a lot of guys now when they're on the run, they'll chip and play a higher ball and try and keep themselves in the rally, whereas he kind of goes for broke a bit. He takes the ball up the line extremely well on his forehand. He wasn't an easy guy to play against. So, you know, I mean, the whole match was tricky. I mean, obviously the end of the third set was tough mentally. But, yeah, I was happy with the match for the most part.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rafa Nadal Press Conference | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Rafa Nadal Press Conference | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Q. How does it feel to be back in Australia after missing out last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Great, no? First of all, is fantastic new to be back here in this great tournament after missing last year. I missed a lot be here. Is a place that I really love so much. I enjoy a lot being here in this city.

The organization with the players is, my opinion, the best. They always are improving things. Every year something is new and something is better. Just congratulate them for everything.

Q. Having that extended time off, did that help you fall in love with tennis again?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I always played with a lot of passion, with a lot of love for the sport.

No, the period off didn't create me more love for the game or more passion for the game. I always played with that intensity, in my opinion.

But is true that when you have a period of time outside of the competition and you are back, the mental part is little bit fresher than ever. Seems like everything is little bit new again.

So for one way bad feelings because you are coming back and you always have problems when you are back. But for another part is great, no? The feelings are great. To come back to the stadiums, playing full stadiums, the best stadiums of the world, and something that you get used. But when you are out for a while you really missed a lot and you appreciate more when you are back.

Roger Federer Press Conference | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Roger Federer Press Conference | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Q. Much obviously today has been made of the conditions. How would you describe them and how it affected your play, if any, today?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I thought it was very dry, just hot, you know, stinging sort of sun.

I guess also it depends on who you play, if you're playing a big server, clearly faster conditions. If you're getting into rallies, I guess you'll feel the heat a bit more.

Depending on where you come from it has a bigger effect on you, this type of heat, than maybe humid heat. So it's very personal, and it can become just a very mental thing, you know, and you just can't accept that it's hot.

Just deal with it, because it's the same for both. That's basically it.

Q. You spoke before the tournament about how hard you trained in the offseason. Does that help you if the weather stays like this to cope well?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I didn't practice in 40 degree heat because that's hard to find, you know, around the world. I did that after the US Open. In Dubai we had 42, 43, so that was warm then.

But like I said, it's just a mental thing. If you've trained hard enough your entire life or the last few weeks and you believe you can do it and come through it, there's no reason.

If you can't deal with it, you throw in the towel. But that's for me.

Del Potro Press Conferences | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Juan Martin Del Potro Press Conferences | Australian Open 2014 1st Round

Q. That was a tougher challenge than you might have been expecting for a first round?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah, of course. I didn't expect this kind of matches against him. I didn't know too much before the match how he's playing tennis.

But he serve well. His forehand is good. I start the match really, really slow, and then was difficult to come back and play my game.

But in the end, I serve well. I hit some good forehands. That's help me to improve a little bit my game.

Q. A question about your racquet. Are you using the same racquet that you used in 2009 when you won the US Open?

Q. Were you supposed to get new racquets before this tournament that didn't come?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: No, no. I made a test. I try a few racquets before Australian Open, but I didn't feel the confidence to change before a Grand Slam. It's not easy find the good time to change racquet. Every tournament are important for us.

But I think I'm getting closer to change racquets, and that's important for me.

Andy Murray Press Conferences | Australian Open 1st Round

Andy Murray Press Conferences | Australian Open 1st Round

Q. When you knew you were going to be going on court about the time they were predicting the highest temperatures, did you fear the worst about the conditions?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, yeah, you're obviously a bit nervous and apprehensive about it, you know, for a number of reasons for me. I was nervous because obviously the matches in Doha were good, but this for me is a big, big test playing in those conditions, potentially playing for, you know, anywhere from two and a half to four hours it can be.

So, yeah, I was a bit nervous before the match. But obviously, you know, when the shadow comes across the court it cooled down a little bit. But still, the air is extremely warm. I was glad to get off quickly.

Q. How did you find the conditions?
ANDY MURRAY: They were fine. I mean, it's not the easiest conditions I played in. I think, you know, if you were playing on one of the outside courts, in the sun, that would have been worse.

Yeah, I mean, I obviously wasn't on the court for a long time. That's what's very draining about being in conditions like that. I mean, most of the players are conditioned well enough to last in that weather for, you know, a certain amount of time. But doing it for three and a half, four hours is tough to recover from.

Q. From the sidelines it looked as those every component of the game was flowing rather nicely for a first match in a slam.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I played well today. Practice the last week or so was very good. I played with a lot of good players. Hit the balls very well on the courts here.

And, yeah, I maybe didn't expect to play as well as I did today, but the signs have been good in practice. You know, I started the match off very well and did everything solid.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Novak Djokovic US Open Semifial Interview | 9/7/2013

Novak Djokovic US Open Semifial Interview | 9/7/2013

Q. Third game of the fifth set obviously started turning into its own little thing. How did you come back from that after such a long game?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, first of all, I think, as I said on the court, Wawrinka was a better player for most of the better part of the match because he was aggressive and played better tennis. Other hand, me, I just tried to hang on and fight and be mentally tough and believe all the way through I can actually win. And I sincerely believed that as the match progresses and longer it goes, I felt I have maybe that physical edge over him, and that I also, being in particularly these kind of matches and situations, playing on a big stage in semifinals, maybe that experience could, you know, give me a little bit more of confidence on the court mentally, also. Even though I was quite nervous at the start of the match and we played five sets I still felt that I was there, you know, and that I was fighting. Credit to him for playing really well. We had some great exchanges, you know, in swirly conditions. Definitely not easy to play because you had to always adjust to the where the wind goes and make a lot of footsteps. In the end of the day, I managed to stay tough and play well when I needed to. That's something that definitely encourages me before the final.

Q. Stan said he found you were extremely nervous today. He said maybe because of his game you couldn't find a game plan. Was it the maybe reason, especially at the start of the match?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes. I was nervous because I mean, first of all, it's normal to be nervous, excited, whatever you want to call it, you know. There is a lot of sensations that go through your mind, through your body, because it's semifinals of Grand Slam. Even though I have been in this particular situation for many times in my career, I still feel the big excitement before the match, and I knew that he was playing well. He had a tremendous performance against Murray. I knew that he's gonna come out with big backhands and be aggressive, so, you know, I tried to be close to the line. But I wasn't managing to find my rhythm. That's what frustrated me. I wasn't hitting the ball well. A lot of unforced errors. But it was one of those days, you know, where even if you don't feel well on the court you have to be tough and believe that you can win. And I have done so.

Q. The warning for coaching seemed to take you by surprise. Did the umpire explain the reason?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I mean, in that particular moment I thought that maybe it wasn't fair to give me a warning at that particular moment because I wasn't communicating with my box. But there were a few times that, you know, I was looking to my box and, you know, my coach was trying to help out. So I have o complaints about the warning. I think it's fair, in general, you know, and I had to take it.

Rafa Nadal US Open Semifial Interview | 9/7/2013

Rafa Nadal US Open Semifial Interview | 9/7/2013

Q. Each of the remaining men and women have won one Grand Slam this year. What would winning a second title mean towards determining who had the most successful 2013 season?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. Well, at the end, you know, not everything is about Grand Slams. That's the first thing. Not all the tennis depends only on the Grand Slams, so we have to look not only at the four Grand Slams to see how the season goes. For me, I was able to play three Grand Slam this season. I won one; I lost in the third round in another. That's a great result for me. Happy the way that I played since I came back. I gonna try my best to win on Monday. But be the second will not make the difference. What makes the difference is win the US Open. That's most important and win one or second, no? Either one for me means the same. That match means the same if I already had one or doesn't matter. At the end, for me the only important thing is the US Open. That's the most important thing.

Q. I asked you earlier in the tournament about wins in Montreal and Cincinnati, and I phrased it in such a way as, are they great confidence builders for this. You very clearly said, They're more than that. They're great accomplishments in their own right. Then I just heard what you were saying here. So do you think that too many times we make greatness all about Grand Slams and maybe put too much emphasis on the Grand Slams?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am nobody to say what you are doing or if it's right or if it's not right.

Q. What's your opinion?

RAFAEL NADAL: But my opinion is at the end, no doubt that the Grand Slams are the bigger tournaments that we have on the tour. But at the same time, is no doubt that in the other tournaments all best players are playing too in the Masters 1000s. Is more important to win Grand Slam? Yes. 100 percent. Is fair says, for example I will say I don't know. I don't know how to say. Let's say if Richard is having a great season, but if Richard beat me today and win the final tomorrow and this year I won five Masters 1000s, three more tournaments and I don't win not one Grand Slam, you will say that he had a better season than my one? I don't think so (smiling). So that's what I mean when I say Grand Slams are important, yes, but are not everything, no? For me, what makes me happy is for sure be in the final of a US Open. Makes me very happy. Is big result for me. Very happy for everything the way that I am playing. But what really makes me happy is be competitive in every tournament that I am playing, and that's why I am very happy today, because in this season I was able to play all finals and one first round. That means I was very competitive in every tournament, and makes me more happy have the chance to win every time that win one Grand Slam and then lose in early rounds the rest of the tournaments.

Videos: Rafael Nadal US Open Semifinal Highlights and Press Conference

Videos: Rafael Nadal US Open Semifinal Highlights and Press Conference

Watch highlights from the semifinals match between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet at US OPEN 2013...

Rafa's interview...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2013 Final press conference | Transcript

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2013 Final press conference | Transcript Andy Murray talks to the media after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to win the men's singles title.

Q. Many congratulations. You said to us before that nothing would probably top the US Open. Are you changing your mind on that at all? ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I also said that, you know, winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis. I think, yeah, I mean, the last game almost increased that feeling. You know, if I had closed it out at 40 Love I worked so hard in that last game. It's the hardest few points I've had to play in my life. And, yeah, it was a different match to the US Open. Yeah, winning Wimbledon, yeah, I still can't believe it. Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it.

Q. At the end it looked like you didn't know whether to smile or cry. Has it sunk in yet? If not, when do you think it will? ANDY MURRAY: I mean, who knows. I think just how that last game went my head was kind of everywhere. I mean, some of the shots he came up with were unbelievable. I maybe played one bad point at deuce. I remember missing a forehand in the net. But he came up with some unbelievable shots in that last game. Yeah, I think that's why at the end of the match I didn't quite know what was going on. Just a lot of different emotions at that time.

Q. The word 'disbelief', to watch you when you got the trophy and going through the halls, you had this look on your face. Can you describe the disbelief that's gone on? Are you aware that you're the first Brit to ever win this tournament in shorts? ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, the last sort of 30 minutes have been a bit of a blur really. I mean, yeah, from 4 2 down in the third set to now, I don't know I don't really know what to say just now. It was just an amazing finish to the match. I was glad I managed to, you know, see all of my team and stuff afterwards. They saw what it was like last year after the match. It was a completely different feeling this year. And, yeah, I still, like I said, can't believe it's happened. This one will take a little while to sink in, I'm sure.

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon 2013 Final press conference | Transcript

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon 2013 Final press conference | Transcript Novak Djokovic talks to the media after losing the men's singles' final 4-6, 5-7, 4-6 to Andy Murray.

Q. It felt at times in that match that you couldn't get your game quite organized. Did you feel the same way? Did you also feel the semifinal took something out of you? NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was a very long match for three sets. The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments. Both second and third sets, I was 4 2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason. I mean, he was getting some incredible shots on the stretch and running down the dropshots. He was all over the court. He played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win.

Me, you know, I should have played better in the decisive moments, as I said. I haven't. I believe I could come back. I really fighted. It wasn't my day. Didn't play on the top of my abilities, and with this kind of game I didn't have a chance to win.

Q. You hit quite a lot of dropshots in the match. What was the reasoning for that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He stands behind the baseline, and when he defends he goes far away. So I try to be aggressive and kind of use the whole court. But the volleys and dropshots didn't serve me well. You know, he was getting all of them basically. So, yeah.

Q. The match statistics had 40 unforced errors against your name. That's very unusual for you. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, well, I wasn't patient enough in the moments when I should have been.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Del Potro Wimbledon 2013 quarter-final Press conference | Video and transcrip

Del Potro Wimbledon 2013 quarter-final Press conference | Video and transcrip

Juan Martin del Potro's press conference after 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 win over David Ferrer.

Q. From outside it looks completely unbelievable what you've done today. Can you describe.

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: From inside was the same (smiling).

I think I play a really, really nice match today. That's what I need against these kind of players, basically against David because he run a lot. He's a really good fighter. He was two set down and put me pressure all the time until the end of the match.

I think I play really focus the important moments. My best tennis came today to beat him.

Q. When you fell at the beginning, what was going through your head? Were you worried?

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah, I was worried because was the same movements like four days ago. The doctor says they can't do any more with my knee. I had the tape, a very tight tape, and that help me to move a little bit, but nothing more.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2013 Interview | Video and Transcrip

Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2013 Interview | Video and Transcrip

Rafa Nadal was upset by Steve Darcis in the first round of Wimbledon 2013 last Monday... Let's remember what he said about this match during the press conference...

Rafael Nadal gives his Wimbledon press conference following his 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 6-4 first round loss to Steve Darcis.

Q. What would you say went wrong today and what went right, if anything? What happened?

RAFAEL NADAL: Happen that is sport. And sometimes you play well and you have the chance to win. Sometimes you play worst and the opponent play well and you lose.

That's the good thing about the sport. That's all.

Good things today for me was not a lot of things good. But, you know, just congratulate Darcis. I think he played with the right decision, played well, and that's all.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Video: Federer Australian Open Interview

Video: Federer Australian Open Interview

Roger Federer discusses his relaxed preparation for Australian Open 2013 and what keeps him motivated at this stage of his career.

Video: Djokovic Australian Open Press Conference Day 3

Video: Djokovic Australian Open Press Conference Day 3

Novak Djokovic speaks following his win over American Ryan Harrison in the second round at the 2013 Australian Open.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Videos: ATP Finals Semis Interviews | Federer, Nole, Delpo and Murray

Videos: ATP Finals Semis Interviews | Federer, Nole, Delpo and Murray

Roger Federer admits he's a bit surprised to have beaten Andy Murray at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and looks ahead to play Novak Djokovic in the title match.

Novak Djokovic talks about his comeback win over Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals in London...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Videos: Djokovic and Murray Interviews at ATP World Finals Day 5

Videos: Djokovic and Murray Interviews at ATP World Finals Day 5

Novak Djokovic reflects on his win over Tomas Berdych and his perfect round-robin record at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray talks about qualifying for the semi-finals in London, after finishing Group B with a 2-1 record following his win over defending finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Videos: Federer, Del Potro and Ferrer Interviews from day 4 at ATP Finals

Videos: Federer, Del Potro and Ferrer Interviews from day 4 at ATP Finals

Juan Martin del Potro looks ahead to his Group B round-robin clash with Roger Federer after dismissing eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic Thursday evening at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Roger Federer discusses the reasons for his success over David Ferrer, after defeating the Spaniard for the 14th straight time to secure a semi-final berth at the ATP Finals.

David Ferrer talks about his Group B round-robin defeat to Federer ...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Videos: 2012 ATP London Finals Interviews

Videos: 2012 ATP London Finals Interviews

Defending champion, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shared their thoughts ahead to competing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals...