Rafael Nadal: I Did Not Watch The French Open Final [Video]
by Tom Gainey | June 9th, 2015, 9:37 am
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Rafael Nadal is in Stuttgart for its first year as grass court event. Before his grass debut tomorrow, he talked to the press Monday, answering the questions on his grass season and even his thoughts on the French Open final.

“I did not watch the match, I was practising,” Nadal said of the match between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic.

Nadal also isn’t interested in talking about his loss to Novak Djokovic last week and his drop in the ATP Rankings.

“It’s not the time to think about it today,” Nadal said. ‘It’s time to think about practice.

“I don’t need to deal with (the loss to Djokovic) anymore,” Nadal said. “It’s in the past. I just have to improve my level of tennis, my intensity on the court. If I can do that, then I am confident I can get back to the highest level.”

Nadal, who had a bye, will play Marcos Baghdatis in his second round.

“I played on the Centre Court yesterday and for a first-year event, the court is in great shape, so congrats to everyone for that,” said Nadal. “Now I get to play two weeks before Wimbledon for the first time, so I hope that helps.”

Nadal will also play Queen’s next week.


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39 Comments for Rafael Nadal: I Did Not Watch The French Open Final [Video]

Hippy Chick Says:

I repeat what i said on the other thread,im glad he wants to put to bed the Novak loss and concentrate now on the grass court season,its in the past,nice attitude time to move on….


brando Says:

Bang on rafa: the loss to Djokovic is just part of history now. Time to roll on, good luck on the grass!


Hippy Chick Says:

Brando are you talking to me,i thought we were cool now,just curious?….


Giles Says:

Rafa won his dubs match with Feli today. Well done.
I think Rafa moves on very quickly from a loss, he doesn’t dwell.


Okiegal Says:

@Chick….I watched Rafa’s dubs match today….Got see Deliciano to boot!! Hubba hubba!! :)


Jurgens_Lotion Says:

That’s a good point by Nadal. His Wimby last year wasn’t that bad. He ran into a hot Kyrgios. This year he will have lots of preparation which will reduce the odds of losing to a player like Steve Darcis in the first few rounds. If he gets to the 2nd week then anything is possible. The grass gets slower as the tournament progresses and there’s hard dirt behind the baseline as opposed to greasy grass.


sienna Says:

Why does he want to put joker to bed?
Is something happening we fans need to know?


Hippy Chick Says:

you give Humble Rafa alot of competition in the bad comedy stakes….


sienna Says:

Just glad to see your comments again and again and again and again and again….

It is somewhat comforting relaxing almost therapeutic….


brando Says:

@Okiegal: saw some of that match also. It’s always striking on first view in a season how so different grass is from clay. Unbelievable difference. Very small court too the one they played on, yet it still seemed a bigger event than Queens in terms of location size.


Okiegal Says:

@Brando…..There was hardly any seating for spectators. I would love to watch Rafa in a a small venue. It actually looked as if you could reach out and touch someone!! Me thinks I would be going for Feli! I know, I’m a dirty old woman. Hubby says I can lookie but no touchie…..same goes for him!! Lol. :)


chris ford1 Says:

Rafa says the loss to Djokovic is just part of history now…
Yes, Rafa, but as they say, history has a way of repeating itself. Next clay season, you know who will be there, waiting for Nadal.


Okiegal Says:

@Chris ford 1. You know who will be waiting for Nadal….Stan the Man?? :)


Hippy Chick Says:

Brando then i guess not….
Okie glad you enjoyed the match,i have tomorrow off work so can watch some tennis and Rafa then,would love to go to Queens one day and see my two favorites up close….
Sienna yeah you too,i actually thought you were talking to yourself….


Hippy Chick Says:

History has a way of repeating itself,yeah great point like for example FO 05,06,07,08,10,11,12,13,14,or USO 10,13 as Elina would say MEW….


Giles Says:

cf1. LMAO. You keep putting your foot in it!


Michael Says:

The silver lining of the early loss of Rafa at the French Open is a blessing in disguise for the Grass Court season. I think this time around he has more time to do his preparations ahead of Wimbledon and that should keep him in good stead.

For the last four years, Rafa’s stint at Wimbledon has ended in disaster where he has been knocked out in the early stages and sapped his confidence in the Premier Grass Court Tournament where he has been a consistent performer and his track record is quite exemplary having made five finals. This time around, things are going to get more complex with Novak, Andy, Wawarinka and Roger to boot who are bound to be the favourites and make Rafa’s task more tougher especially when he will be seeded outside the top five. But still, Rafa’s resolve and determination is folklore and it would be naïve to dismiss his chances.


Dc Says:

Wimby is the only GS is which the top players including the big X have the highest probability of getting knocked out earlier.
Even the king of grass ( Fed) has had some not so good performances at Wimby.
The grass court is unforgiving in the sense that if you aren’t playing well , it’s comparatively difficult to win.
If Rafa isn’t in his groove , we may see another disappointment. He may get extra time for practice on grass , but so does everybody else now with one more week between FO and W.
With Wawas win at FO, the power players know they have a legit shot at a GS , especially on a fast one . I am inclined to think that either Fed or one of the power players (Wawa, Cilic , Raonic) will win the Wimby this year


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 12:19…..It’s time for a road trip to NYC!
It will have to be by rail or car…….since I don’t fly! You know it states in the bible out of God’s mouth….. “Low, I am with you”……Lol! :)


Giles Says:

Okie. Hope you have a great time, be it by rail or car or motorbike perhaps? Lol. When there’s a will there’s a way.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles….I probably won’t be going anywhere. My husband hates tennis. I might could get him to go with me to Mason, Ohio. He’s got several relatives who live in the same vicinity where the tournament is. Rafa should be there, but one never knows. Cincy would be the closest to Oklahoma. I want to see him play in the flesh so bad……Number one priority on my bucket list!! :)


madmax Says:

Oki,

I saw Rafa play in Rome in 2012. He was beast, wearing blue and bashing that ball in practice to kingdom come.

Yes, that is something you must do, if you love him so much.


Hippy Chick Says:

He seems to be on board with the idea of extending the grass court part of the season,in spite of the lack lustre results of the last 3 years,he has good memories from W,and still appears to enjoy this part of the season,well IMO anyway….


sienna Says:

I remember Fed made similar comments not so long ago. Also on this site. About him not watching the slam final he did not reach.

The bull crap he got form the Nadal fanatics was way over the top. So Fed been seen as arrogant and Nadal as fair minded in claiming not to watch a slamfinal.


Gordon Says:

Jurgens_Lotion, writing about Nadal at Wimbledon, wrote – ” If he gets to the 2nd week then anything is possible.”

I think that is the most accurate statement in here, although I think he probably meant “Rafa could go all the way” instead of “pigs may fly.”


Okiegal Says:

@madman…..Would loved to have seen him in his “beast mode” days,but heck, I’d settle for just watching him practice! Lol. Maybe some day it will happen, but seriously doubt it. I have two friends that even like tennis. We will see……


Okiegal Says:

ATM he’s one set up and serving to get to a TB in the second……


Okiegal Says:

Tiebreaker!!


Okiegal Says:

@madman..

Not only just being able to watch Rafa but also the other greats. I would love to see Joker, Andy, Fed and especially Gael. To see any of these guys would be a real pleasure. Any of the top twenty would be a dream!


Okiegal Says:

madmax, I’m sorry, my spell check put in madman…obviously didn’t proof read, sorry, please forgive!!


sienna Says:

Wtf?
other greats and how the heck does Gael fit in that sentence.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa having a foot problem….I suppose a blister. He had a complaint about it yesterday too….


Okiegal Says:

@Sienna…..I realize he’s not considered one of the greats…..but I think he would be fun to watch! He’s a hoot on the tennis court, plus it might be easy to get tickets, unless he’s playing Rafa, of course. :) Don’t fret, I know who’s hot and who’s not…….


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie completely agree,i root for Rafa first over anybody,then my other favorites in the event of his departure from a tourney,but there are also players you cant help but like and pull for,Gael and Jo are two flamboyant players with great personalities who i cant help but smile when i watch,would love to see both make a breakthrough,im looking forward to watching the match tomorrow too,i guess the Rafa naysayers will be pulling for Monflis,with some people its anyone but Rafa lol,the irony for me personally is that im enjoying watching Rafa on grass,he seems to be finding his way through tight matches so who knows,no expectations anyway….


M Says:

OkieGal and Hippy Chick – I had the pleasure of seeing Rafa & Le Monf live at the US Open in 4R a couple of years ago (it was that year when that dude ran onto the courts and kissed Rafa and it was NYC getting slapped around about the terrible tournament security instead of Paris).

It was a very entertaining, exciting match.


Okiegal Says:

@M….I’m sure it was a good match to watch. I remember the kissing incident, that was too funny! Rafa’s presser after the match was hilarious! Rafa took it in good stride! I don’t remember him complaining about the security that time but I think he did when the activist came on the court with flares at the French Open that time. Some strange things can happen. There are some real nuts out there.


sienna Says:

unless Lamonf gets aan serious gameplan and mental upgrade I personally hopes he loses every game he enters.
That afterall is common practice among you Federer haters.


sienna Says:

so hopes Rafa puts him in place today.

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