Finals Weekend: Presser Gems

Posted by Brodie under: Bepa, Big Berd, Presser Gems, Rafa, Serena, SW19

4 Jul 2010

Q. Pau Gasol wanted me to say hola to you. Congratulations. Can you compare this to what he did, back‑to‑back Lakers championships and your own as well, two straight here at Wimbledon for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Thanks a lot. Everything is difficult, and very difficult compare, two different sports, no? But I am in contact with him all the time. For sure to have unbelievable sportsman like Pau inside the court, inside the court and outside the court is very, very good for our country.

Q. How does it feel to be so popular with the crowd here at Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, probably is the best crowd of the world, no? More respect. They have a lot of respect for every player, I think.
If I speak about myself, was always amazing with me, the crowd, especially yesterday or two days ago when I played against Andy Murray, a British player. For sure the crowd support him, but the same time was supporting me a lot, no? That’s unbelievable. Just can say thank you very much.

Q. How hungry are you regarding winning the US Open? How important is it for you to win the US Open, as well?
RAFAEL NADAL: Right now I’m very happy to win Wimbledon. Yeah (smiling). We gonna think about US Open in one month. Right now we just relax and enjoy for me this amazing season.
Was very difficult for me to be back at my best. I did, so is very important and emotional moment for me. I want to enjoy that. For sure, keep working to try to be in the US Open finally ready to try to win. But for sure US Open gonna be one of my goals for rest of my career.
But right now is enjoy the beach, fishing, golf, friends, party, and Mallorca.

Q. We all know what makes Rafa so good on clay: his movement and his spin. What are the most difficult things about his grass court style of play?
TOMAS BERDYCH: You know, I think he can ‑‑ the things what he can do on the clay is that he’s moving extremely well. You know, he can play really with a lot of spin, which makes him not to making almost any mistakes.
And on top of that, he just bring that, you know, he can play more aggressive on the faster court here, on the grass. It just makes him really dangerous.

Q. You’re disappointed now, but you’ve had a superb tournament. You beat Federer; you beat Djokovic; you’ve had had a good season. Do you feel differently about your game now? What are your aims going forward? Do you think you can become a fixture in the top five as your game should allow you to be?
TOMAS BERDYCH: That’s what I’m trying to do, you know. If I’m gonna get there and I’m gonna stay there for a couple of years, then I can tell you yes, I can do that. That’s what I’m trying to do every day when I go for practice, for match, for everything.
So right now I’m still, yeah, climbing higher and higher. But still it can go little bit more. But just, you know, need more tournaments, more matches.

Q. What’s been the difference for you this year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, I was talking about that many times. As I said, you know, just grow up a little bit, get older, get more experience. Can be more patient on court, but still can play my tennis, be aggressive, be more concentrated on court. That’s it.

Q. Where does this win rate for you in comparison to the others that you’ve won?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, it means a lot because, uhm, it is 13. So it’s kind of cool because I kind of was able to pass Billie. That’s always nice.
I don’t know where it rates. I mean, to have four Wimbledons is really, really exciting.

Q. It was pretty clear from the start that she was going to try to meet your power with power. Did that occur to you, and did it comfort you thinking, I got her on my turf?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I thought she kind of mixed it up a little bit. I thought she hit some high balls. I saw her hit some slice. I felt like she, in the beginning, hit a little hard, but then I thought she totally mixed it up. I really thought she served really well.

Q. Do you still get nervous in these occasions?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Absolutely. I mean, I’m not ‑‑ I’m totally human. I feel like it’s not easy to go out there and just be ‑‑ especially when everyone’s expecting you to win, it makes it even more difficult.

Q. You seemed overwhelmed by emotion understandably at the end. Can you put into perspective what it all meant to you?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Well, you know, I think it’s great to be in the final, and think I will realize it later. But at the moment I think I’m still a bit disappointed with the performance today.
I think I could have ‑ not with the result but more the way I played ‑ I could have done better today. I did not show my best today, and it’s a bit disappointing because it’s the final. You know, you don’t reach the Wimbledon final every day, so…
But overall, you know, Serena played really well. She didn’t give me chances to get into the match.

Q. How difficult was it to deal with your frustrations during the match with the unforced errors?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I was not frustrated. I was just thinking about how to pump myself up to get out of it, to try to make those shots in.
The errors, yeah, maybe you can call them unforced errors. But you always take more risk against Serena because you know she’s such a great mover and she can play a great defense.
So if you gonna take more risk, you will have to make more errors. And, uhm, I think she was lucky on a couple of occasions. She miss‑hit the ball and I didn’t time it well. I missed it. Then I was a little bit ‑‑ I stopped going for my shots as much, and that’s where she started playing her game.

Q. Do you think she’s beatable?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, of course she’s beatable. She’s a human being. She’s not a machine. I mean, it’s very difficult to beat her. You have to play your best. But, you know, if you do, you can do it.

Q. What do you attribute your games gelling together so quickly?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I think we’re just two good tennis players, two good singles players that, well, who proved in the past that we could play doubles. It was just a matter of how good we get together.
We won a tournament in the beginning of the year that proves that we already played some good tennis there. And then we just couldn’t play because we had different tournaments and a different schedule.
And, well, then here, it just got everything together and we played great from the first round. Had one tough one in the semis. But still I think we really played good, good doubles the two weeks.

Q. Vania, how does it feel being Wimbledon champion?
VANIA KING: Kind of scary. I mean, I don’t know. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I mean, this is what we work for, you know. I’ve loved doubles. I love playing with Slava. She’s a great friend of mine.
Every time we go on the court, that’s one of the reasons we have such a good time on the court is because we’re such good friends. Every time we go on the court, we enjoy spending time together. Our games come together so well. It’s the best to have this title with her.

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