Serena Slam, Novak Slam?
Q: Itâ€™s a few years since you did the Serena Slam. Novak is now going for the Novak slamâ€¦in a couple of weeks slam. I wonder what you were feeling like when you were going in to the last one to complete the Serena slam. Were you nervous or did you feel that you were on such a roll that you though nobody would beat you?
Serena Williams: Well, I just felt so confident and I thought nobody would beat me. I was heading to Australia but it was on hard court and that’s a good surface for me but I think I had a tough tournament and my first match I almost lost but I just kept fighting.
Q: And what type of achievement would it be considering the strength of the men’s game if Novak was to do it?
Serena Williams: It would be unbelievable. I don’t even think Roger did it. If Novak does it then he can join my club and we can be best friend.
Serena the rapper
Q: Congratulations for your rap song, Did you like to sing this song and would you like to hear it on the centre court?
Serena Williams: Well, I was in the studio with friends and I wanted to do something and so they said â€“ do this and it was for me. The next thing I know — that was one or two years ago and then I read online that I was a rapper and so my backstabbing friends did that to me and so if I see them, I will act like a rapper — -if you can get my drift.
Q: What can you tell us about tonight and tomorrow. After you lost to Verdasco, do you think you will have to be careful with Granollers?
Rafael Nadal: You have to be careful when you win and when you lose and with anyone you are playing. I will respect my opponent and when you play a Master 1000. Marcel is one of my best friends on tour â€“ it is a great victory for him and . Today it was an important first set and I played aggressive and I made a mistake in the 1st set and then I felt good in the forehand. It is difficult to play against Mayer because he has without rhythm and he knows how to put you in a difficult position in the game but I didn’t suffer I think.
No football questions please
Q: What think about Mourihno?
Rafael Nadal: We are not talking about this. This is a tennis tournament. I think he is a winner and he has great personality and I met him and I think he brings to Real Madrid a competitive spirit and so I feel happy to know him and I think he is strong and probably has a different face from what the shows to everyone.
Asked if if he prefers winning another slam or being No. 1 again.
Federer: We’re talking about great problems. I don’t really care. We’ll see how things go. I did win the world tour finals which for me are a huge tournament which at times — now we have grand slams. I have a good win under my belt and I might be number three next week but that doesn’t matter for me and Rafa. I know it is an interesting time right now is that there is a lot to talk about rankings and I know that I have a shot until the US open with the rankings and you will see.
Man in Black in the future?
Q: In Madrid you met Will Smith and after the match you had a special gift from him. How do you feel? Just like another man in the or another actor on the ground?
Federer: If I am going to be an actor one day?
Q: Yes — if the man in Black is the right role for you — something action
Federer: It that would be the right movie for me? To watch, yes, to play, no. I’m not a very good actor but I think I’m a good tennis player and I think we know from weaknesses. I doubt that my career is going to be over there and it was nice to meet Will again and it was nice I was able to help him promote the Men in Black 3 movie in Madrid â€“ but that it about it â€“ as my acting career.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Q: A general question â€“ you are the last guy to win a Grand Slam out of the top 4 for the past seven years â€“ 2005 was the last win. Is this something you are proud of?
Juan Martin Del Potro: Yes I am proud but all the 3 guys who are winning the grand slams are making history in this sport I had my chances in 2009 and take it. They are making history and I am proud to share with them the same moment. I am working to be ready of I have a chance to win another Grand Slam.
Q: What was the most difficult thing to get back after surgery .. the physical side or mentally. â€¦..
Juan Martin Del Potro: Well mentally was the worst part because I saw on TV all the guys playing and so I thought I was losing â€¦ and I was using my protection ranking but I was not seeded in the tournament but I was working hard with my friends and family to be strong mentally and also with my coach with my game and I am now really enjoying my game again and glad to be here.
Q: Do you feel your confidence level is back to where it was?
Del Potro: I think it is getting closer. I am confident with my game at the moment and am looking forward to the season and I want to have a good Roland Garros.
Q: You are a big football fan. Are you waiting for the victory of
Juventus or Turin in the Italian league?
Del Potro: I’m in Rome â€“ I don’t want to say something wrong here.