“There are consequences when you make a wrong decision”

After the Roman doubts related to his physical condition that followed the defeat against Shapovalov, Nadal returns victorious and does so in Paris with victory n.299 in a slam test, against the Australian Jordan Thompson. The foot that haunts him? For now it is a distant memory. The head is now projected to do well, one game at a time, one step at a time. Here are the words of the Spaniard during the press conference.

THE MODERATOR: How happy were you with your first match here at Philippe Chatrier?

RAFAEL NADAL:Well that’s a good start, of course, three yarn sets. That’s all. I mean, I’ve been playing well for a while. There are things I could do better and I need to do better. But it’s a positive start, and this gives me the chance to have another training day tomorrow and then another chance the day after tomorrow ”.

D.. Moving on to the second round. You said there were some areas you would like to improve. What are these areas? Is this the kind of first round game you expected to have?

RAFAEL NADAL: “I don’t foresee things (smiling). I do not know. I need to improve in all ways. I think I need to improve my movement, for a few moments my forehand speed, ball speed, which I think could be better and should be better. It’s true that I did things well, it went well for a while. It is true that today the conditions were heavier than usual here, very wet, the slow pitch. I do not know why. I don’t know why the camp was very wet today, having the roof over it for a long time. Yes, I mean, I’m happy with the performance, anyway, right? It was a good start. Then of course I’m a type of player who is always looking for something else, things to improve. This is what I will try to find in tomorrow’s training and then in the next match “.

D.. You looked pretty fit, at least for the first set and a half, but how’s your foot doing right now? How’s the injury going? With this injury you have only played five matches on clay before Paris, how is your level of confidence compared to past years?

RAFAEL NADAL: “Obviously, confidence is greater when you win Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, ​​Madrid or Rome. Without a doubt, things in this world are easy to understand, aren’t they? When you win more games and more tournaments, you have more confidence. Opponents feel it too and by the end you are more used to the level you have to play to win games. When this is not the case, things are different. But I never expected to win 15 Monte-Carlo and Rome, so that’s the situation today. I got injured, that’s all. What happened has passed, and here we are. We are at Roland Garros. I’m here to do my best. And what my level of confidence is like, what things would be like or if I wasn’t hurt, I don’t know. We will never know. I’m not a big fan of thinking about the things that might happen if – “if” is a dangerous word. And then it’s time to accept the moment, to accept the situation and to have the confidence to put all my efforts into every single day, to get better and better. Let’s see how far I can go on ”.

D.. My question is not about today’s match, but Toni, your uncle and former coach, who is now an advisor to Felix Auger-Aliassime. What did he give you at the beginning of your career and what kind of coach is he? What can you give Felix in his career?

RAFAEL NADAL: “Well, more than anything else he is my uncle, so what he gave me is: everything. I play tennis thanks to him. If I am a professional player, it is undoubtedly thanks to him, right? For the rest it is a question for Felix, no longer for me. You can ask him what things he feels Toni brings to him, and I’m sure Toni can help him and is helping him in a positive way. He has a lot of experience and is passionate about this sport. He’s smart, isn’t he? He knows a lot about tennis, so I’m sure he’ll be able to help him“.

D.. What is your opinion on the ATP’s decision to remove points from Wimbledon in the standings?

RAFAEL NADAL: “I don’t have a clear opinion. The problem on the part of the players is always the same. There is always a person and a board, person or board making the decisions. And the rest of the people running the event follow that stance. On our tour, every single player has a different opinion, which is why we never achieve the things we could achieve if we were cohesive. Ultimately, in this world, someone needs to make decisions. Whether I agree or not, it doesn’t matter today. The board, the board of the ATP makes a decision. We have to accept this decision. Otherwise I will not be the player who comes here and puts my board in a difficult position because of the decision he makes. This is my point of view. I think that as players, we are not prepared well enough to make important decisions, because in the end it is an individual sport. Everyone has their own personal opinion in terms of how much profit they make from each and every decision made by the ATP. In the end, I understand both sides. I respect and understand the position of Wimbledon, no doubt, but on the other hand I also understand and respect that the ATP is protecting its members. That’s all. It is not that one is doing a bad thing and the other is doing the good thing. In my personal opinion, they both have good reasons for making the decisions they make today. Hopefully, ATP and Wimbledon can get together and sit down together and negotiate a better future for both sides ”.

Q. I have a question about your opponent today. He served the kick very well from the left. What do you think was the hardest thing for you to overcome in this match?

RAFAEL NADAL: “Well, the game started well for me, didn’t it? Immediately I had some breaks, so the results say it was more or less a solid match on my part. It is true that when it is serving well things get more difficult, right? It’s fast. He has good legs and can be fast and can be dangerous. But it is true that here with a field as big as this and playing on clay you have more chances against a player like him who can make big points and big shots, but at the same time he is wrong too. So on earth it is difficult ”.

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