London: Rafael Nadal downed Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal of the Wimbledon on Friday to earn a shot at the title for the fifth time. His final opponent on the grass court this year is also the man who replaced him at the Number 1 spot in the rankings. In the post-match conference, Nadal talks of Novak Djokovic, the final match, the rankings and his success. Excerpts.
How do you feel on losing the Number 1 rank to Novak (Djokovic)?
I did not lose the Number 1 position. The guy (Djokovic) played unbelievably in the first half of the year and so, is the Number 1. We can just congratulate him because he has been impressive. I am also happy with my performance and will have a lot more chances to become Number 1.
What did you think of Andy (Murray) and his performance?
I think Andy played a high level of tennis, especially in the first set and the beginning of the second as well. At that moment, I felt he was playing better than I was and so I decided to wait for my moment. He was playing aggressively and was serving well.
How does it feel to be through to your fifth Wimbledon final?
I never thought that I would play five finals, so today's (Friday) is a very important victory for me. I'm very happy for everything. I think it is a great effort (that) after many years without any Spanaird playing in the semi-finals or final here, for five years barring 2009, a Spaniard has reached this stage. It is good for the country.