Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal says he will maintain combating after Novak Djokovic defeat | Tennis


Rafael Nadal will maintain working laborious in his bid to win the Australian Open once more, regardless of struggling a humbling defeat by the hands of Novak Djokovic on this 12 months’s ultimate.

The Spaniard had not dropped a set going into the showdown between the highest two seeds on Sunday, however was brushed apart 6-Three 6-2 6-Three in somewhat over two hours. 

Nadal has now misplaced 4 successive finals in Melbourne since securing the title in 2009 but was in a position to mirror with pleasure on his performances, significantly because it was his first aggressive event for the reason that U.S. Open.

A knee harm reduce brief his 2018 season, together with lacking out on the ATP Finals in London, however he’s now enthusiastic about what the long run holds.

“It is been an emotional two weeks. Even when tonight wasn’t my greatest day, after all, I had any individual who performed significantly better than me, but it surely has been a vital two weeks for me,” he mentioned after the match.

“I’ve been going by robust moments over the past 12 months. I solely had the possibility to play 9 occasions and needed to retire in two, together with this one, which was a painful one. … Because the U.S. Open, I used to be not in a position to play an expert match earlier than the primary spherical of the Australian Open, so even when tonight was not my night time, it was so necessary to be the place I’m at present when getting back from harm. 

“I actually consider that I performed a fantastic two weeks of tennis and that shall be inspiration for me what’s coming [up].”

Nadal – who additionally misplaced an epic Australian Open ultimate in opposition to Djokovic again in 2012 – will hope so as to add to his tally of 17 grand slams on the French Open in Paris, as he’ll bid to be topped champion at Roland Garros for a 3rd successive 12 months.

“I can solely say one factor – I will maintain combating laborious, protecting working laborious to be a greater participant,” the world quantity two added.

“I’ll maintain combating for an important issues. Typically this event has been robust for me, by way of accidents and on different instances by way of opponents, like tonight. However I will maintain combating, maintain training and put all of the issues I must come again and provides myself higher probabilities sooner or later.”

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