E para complementar o post que escrevi ontem sobre o Nadal, aqui vai o link da coluna que ele escreveu hoje para o jornal de Melbourne, The Age.
A coluna não é muito longa, nem excepcional. Ele mesmo conta que escreveu com o PR dele, o Benito Perez Barbadillo, com quem trabalhei muitos anos no circuito. Mas, é uma outra maneira de deixar o espanhol ainda mais perto dos fãs. Por isso, vale a leitura.
HELLO everybody. Well, this is new for me to write a column for a newspaper before a semi-final match. I suppose there’s always a first time for everything.
I do have to say I have what they call a ghost writer for this piece, which is my PR guy Benito Perez-Barbadillo since, (1) my English is not that good, and (2) he can help me express myself a bit better as he knows this world better than me.
Here I am again in a semi-final of the Australian Open. After the past two years reaching the quarters of this tournament and not being able to finish well in the matches – I had to retire in 2010 against Andy Murray and last year got injured after the third game against David Ferrer – finally I am playing again in a semi and I’m very excited about it.
For me, it is very important and a happy moment to start the season. Win or lose, it is a good start considering the end of the season I had last year with many doubts.
It is always special to play against Roger (Federer), for many reasons, but for me to play against arguably the best player of all time – together with Rod Laver – is always something special.
This is the tenth time I have played him at a grand slam tournament and in most of the previous encounters we played the final.
He is playing amazing. Remember when many were saying he was done? Well, here it is. I always said it, he is a great champion.
Many people have asked me about my memories of the last match I played against him here in Australia. It was the 2009 final and that is one of the matches that will always stay in my memory.
After that very hard and physical semi-final, I never thought I could go out and play the final with many chances to win. We both played a great match, a beautiful match and I managed to win that one. That meant for me something special since it has been the only time I’ve won this event.
I am sure this semi-final will be another great match – hopefully very different to the last match we played in London, and I hope all the fans will enjoy watching.”