[“I am a little bit more famous now, but I have [some change] in my life. I live in
the same place. I have the same friends.”]
["I am a little bit more famous now, but I..." ]
["I always wanted to be honest to myself and those who had faith in me."]
["No! I don't have a chance. For me he's unbelievable. I will continue with my comeback
and I am just happy with that."]
-- on if he could surpass Roger Federer for the No. 1 ranking.
["It could get into my mind. I could start thinking,
'I can't play against this guy, his game doesn't suit me'. I could start accepting the fact that I have been losing against
him, but that would be a bad thing for me to do."]
-- Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal.
["He has never broken a
racket in anger. It would be showing a lack of respect to people who actually have to buy the equipment to play the sport."
-- Uncle Toni Nadal on nephew Rafael.
like a beast, an animal, on the court. He's very strong and he's very well prepared."
-- Guillermo Coria after losing
to Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo.
James has had some difficult moments, and so I'm happy for him. I like to see people do well who have suffered and been through
-- Rafael Nadal on James Blake.
are friend. Is difficult because we don't speak English very good. It's difficult for us. Yeah, (we communicate) in English.
Not a lot because we speak so bad."
-- Frenchman Richard Gasquet on communicating with Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
["I know I can beat him on any surface."
-- Roger Federer, eating some of his ego after losing to Rafael
Nadal in the French Open semifinals.
["Simple version for me is, umm, started bad and finished bad basically..."]
Roger Federer summarizing his Roland Garros semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal.
get into my mind. I could start thinking, 'I can't play against this guy, his game doesn't suit me'. I could start accepting
the fact that I have been losing against him, but that would be a bad thing for me to do."]
Federer on Rafael Nadal.
["You spend your whole life thinking about,
talking about how to win a Grand Slam. Suddenly you find you've won it. What can I say? I just have to be very thankful. Everybody
now pays attention to what I do."]
["I am afraid of a lot of things. A dog. I could
be afraid of a dog that's upset, for example. And on the tennis courts, maybe on the outside I look fearless, but on the inside,
I'm scared. There's not one player in the world who isn't nervous before matches. Especially important matches."]
["Anyone who finishes the year(2005) as No.2 is really
No.1 because the other guy(Roger Federer) is a different level. I wish I could be considered his rival going into the future
because that would mean I have improved my game as good as his. "]
[" My ambition is to be a very, very normal guy.
A very humble guy. To play tennis, which I love and want to be the best. And, when I'm done, I just want to be at home with
my friends. "]
[" It(Manacor) is a village 10 kilometres from the
sea. When I was a kid, I played on the beach, went swimming, played in my parents' boat. I played tennis and football with
my friends. I got one thousand friends. "]
[" I lost to an excellent player, probably the best
in the world, "]riano Puerta after being defeated at the French Open 2005 Final.