Rafael Nadal: ‘I hit him high over the shoulder and that is why…’

Rafael Nadal left the Caja Mágica with a bittersweet feeling after losing this Friday to Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. Digesting defeat h*t is never easy, but even so, the owner of five Mutua Madrid Open crowns got the good side of the progress made during this edition of the tournament. The Spanish tennis player did not hide in the press room that his feelings after the game were “negative because it is an important week for me, which makes me very excited and many positive things had happened in training and previous games.” “I feel like I’ve been taking steps forward, but when you go up a ladder, you can take a step back and I think that’s the way it has been today,” confessed the first seed of this season’s third ATP Masters 1000. Nadal also had words of self-criticism to seek to improve. “Things started the same as in the previous games but, at the moment of truth in the moments in which I had to define the set, I did everything wrong making several mistakes,” said No. 2 in the world. In the post-match interview, Rafael Nadal revealed his feelings after his humiliating defeat. He mentioned that he committed several mistakes in both sets because of which he lost the match.

Rafael Nadal on Alexander Zverev

“Playing against someone like Zverev, who puts you in trouble by taking out at 220km/h, I have to hit the ball six meters from the line, even so, I hit him high over the shoulder and that is why I only need to give the maximum level. Zverev is a good player and I congratulate him on the victory… I have been inferior,” Rafael Nadal stated. Rafa admitted that he was feeling sad as he missed an opportunity to win his sixth title in Madrid. He also talked about his next goal before the French Open 2021- to win the Italian Open 2021. “Sad about the defeat because it was an opportunity for me wasted and I will work to continue giving me another next week. The trend of the land tour is ascending and now we will see what happens because the goal before Roland Garros is winning in Rome,” concluded the Spaniard. Tennis played a starring role at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards as Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka won the top honors in the male and female category respectively. Nadal picked up the Sportsman of the Year award after a remarkable season in 2020, during which he lifted the Roland Garros title for a record-extending 13th time. The Spaniard defeated long-term rival Novak Djokovic in the final at Paris, in the process also equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

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