I know that almost everything have been said about Rafael Nadal interview on spanish TV yesterday. This was a very long intervies about 20 minutes, witch I got to see since I get the spanish channel here at my country. Is imposible to write here in one post the whole inteview so I will try and do it in two parts.
My English is not so good so if someone does't agree with my translation is more than welcome to correct me.
Q-After 2 months many people is asking the same question: how is Rafa Nadal?
RN- Actually, I'm fime. But it's also true that we still must see how how I keep evolving. Because I just started training a week and a half ago, And when you start training you always feel better mentally, and and I have started with hope, but as I said, we still have to see how I evolve when I really push the knees, withch will happen in the next days,and hopefully everything will go well.
Q- (By Rosana Romero) Rafa, what happened? Suddenly, Wimbledon comes along and you say you are not able to compete, and you don't compete. What happened?
RN-Well, what happened was that I had been the same way several months. When I came back from Miami, training in Manacor, I started to have pain in my right knee, aminly, and it was a different pain than usual. I took off tapes, witch made everybody think things were perfect, And the problem was that the pain was no onger under the knee, but over it, and the tapes didn't help at all. From there things started to get worst step by step. We just kept putting patches for the pain, as I have been used to play with pain for many years.
Q- Did you already play RG with pain?
RN- The thing is, it came from MC I played MC with pain, Barcelona with pain, Rome, also Madrid where I went to have some tests, because I realized things were going wrong. I didn't feel confortable playing, I have played almost every day with anti-inflamatories, even sometimes being infiltrated at RG and I arrived too banged up to the tournaments for me, RG and Wimbledon. Also there comes a moment when you just get tired of playing with painand not evolving, so in this case, I decided It was better to stop and try to recover, because you even lose your will "ilusion" (I can't find an accurate translation for that) to train and compete, because you don't see yourself with the same energy, and it destroys you step by step.
Q-On that note . it's said many times that the head moves the legs. You were not mentally fresh either, you have admitted it, does your famiiliar problem, that has been commented, have something to so with that?
RN- Well, obviously my family has always been a stong support for me, it's always been praised how I am who I am today thanks to my family and the atmosphere that has always surrounded me....
Q-You are the first son, the first nephew. the first grandson...
RN- Right, the first everything of the family and all that has helped me a lot to arrive where I am, for sure, and well a moment comes wgen some changes happen in the family, and I'm obviously human and in the beginning it's tough to.. to not accept ..., but get use to, and I personally feel it more because I'm not at home., But that's not what has affected me, because that happened some months ago, and I won IM,MC, Barcelona, Rome, but the real problem were the knees. It obviously doesn't help, but you can live with that other stuff and I consider myself a positive person, and i have totally, well, almost, gotten over that. It's a new situation and we have to learn to live with it.
Q-You don't specially like to talk about your family your entourage.
RN- No I have never talked about my family or anything personal, and I have like to extend myself talking about this and to be honest, my real problem are my kness. That's why finally stopped, no need to give it more thought, and that (the kness) is what mentally keeps destroying you, because you feel defenceless, you feel that in the end, it's to much of a struggle every moment. I personally enjoy the bad every day, you can't move well, every match is a different story and you don't know how you're gonna feel, in the end your head is full of doubts, and you can't live with that in a competition as tough as tennis with those problems. That's why i decided to stop in that time, and I hope it has been positive.
Q- It's been 2 months,witch is very unusual in tennis players of your level. What have you done these 2 months? What have you miss?
RN- Well, at the beginning I wasn't willing to do much, because I felt bad. I was disappointed, mentally touched, and I felt I hadn't done things the way I should with my schedule, witch was my mistake, as I'm the one that make the dicisions in the end and the problem is mine for, maybe not knowing when to stop, when to rest. Is difficult to know beause I have been trough this many things so many times, playing with pain and most of the times coming through in the end.