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Rafael Nadal: “I am not upset that I lost today”

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Rafael Nadal after losing to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios:

“When you have an opponent who decides to hit the ball really strong and serve like that you are in trouble. I don’t think that I played badly. I hadn’t seen him playing on the other surfaces, grass is only two three tournaments a year but when you serve that big you will always have a chance. I don’t know if he is a guy I will keep meeting the sport is a mental battle at a times, he has all the qualities but things are always a little easier when you are just arriving. When you are there for a while people start to see the negative things about your tennis. We will see if he can stay at the top level but I wish him all the best.”

“When you have nothing to lose you can play the way he did today. When you are playing in the last rounds, it is harder to hit 140 mph second serves. For him the next round for me the beach. My draw was not the best against a lot of players who cannot give you a chance to play very much. I am not upset that I lost today.”

Source: BBC

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Posted on July 1, 2014, in Interviews, Rafael Nadal and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Iain Browning

    @chgharib1

    Just my unbiased view, unlike your response, emotionally driven fanboy or girl !

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  2. Malinki, Marlene

    When and where is your next Tournament? Malinki Durban RSA

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  3. Rafa always the hero even in defeat we love you

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  4. I am a huge Rafa fan & also acknowledge great performances from Rafa’s opponents- credit to NK…. That said, Let’s all remember the amazing Grand Slams won by Nadal to date – exceptional record that only most players can dream about!!

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  5. Rafa is right once again about Kyrigios. There’s absolutely no pressure when playing
    with nothing to lose just starting out. That’s why I wasn’t that impressed with him or his
    demeanor. He probably studied Rafa’s patterns and strategies for years. There’s really
    no history on his movements because he is so young. He hasn’t fully developed yet.
    Who really knows how his career will play out. I just knew he would fizzle out when
    facing Milos in the next round. Rafa and all his long-term competitors work so hard
    day in and day out to perfect their craft and hang with the big boys. That’s why I also
    have so much respect for these up and comers: Grigor, Milos, Kei, etc. They are no flash
    in the pan!

    Since Rafa and Andy are out. (Felt so badly for Andy today!) I am rooting for Milos and
    Grigor to finally break through to the finals. I did feel sorry for Stan not feeling well
    against Roger. Stan did play 3 days in a row and Roger didn’t. I certainly hope
    Wimbledon equalizes the playing field next year with a day on and day off for everyone
    even if it rains.

    Glad Rafa is home relaxing at the beach! But I can’t wait for the hard season to
    begin. I’ll be watching. Just stay healthy and happy, Rafa!!!

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  6. We love you Rafa

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  7. Bit late with my comment as ii watched the highlights, but at the END OF THE THIRD SET, NADAL HAD SET POINT AND DIDN’T CHALLENGE a call that was called IN but was OUT (as mentioned by the Commentator), and lost the chance of a Second Serve, resulting in NK winning the point, what a Travesty/Shame,, he might have won that set if he had challenged. I think no-one could have beaten NK that day…..Rafa was unlucky it was him and not Novak or Roger……I think Roger and Novak have had all the easy draws….WHOSE MAKING THESE DECISIONS…..the whole tournament is geared to get Rafa out of Murrays way!! Karma………he lost today unfortunate for him, as I wanted him to win today. As a Rafa Fan, I don’t want him to loose his No. 1 spot,, so let’s hope Kyrgious will continue his form and BEAT NOVAK!!!! Come on Kyrgious for Rafas sake!!!!

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  8. Enjoy your vacation.

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  9. Looking at Kyrgios’s not shot from between his legs – super if intended and aimed, otherwise pure reflex and lucky.

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  10. Iain Browning

    The loyalty shown here to Nadal is great to see, but wake up people. The simple fact is he got beaten by a guy who was simply better on the day. Sure, he was playing without fear and swinging freely, but give the guy some credit, he could have choked a couple of times, but had the belief to see it through. The mark of a champion in my book….
    Face up to it Nadal fans, if it was Nadal who played this way yesterday, you would all be singing his praises
    Rafa Nadal = Nada !

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  11. Bravo Rafa malgré la défaite . Je te soutiendrai toujours que tu gagnes ou que tu perdes ! Tu es un champion unique . Repose toi et profite de vacances à la plage bien méritées et reviens nous encore plus fort pour la tournée américaine . Avec toi, toujours .VAMOS RAFA !

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  12. I have said it all before, that’s not tennis .remember Rosco, Tanner, all aces gone from sight, like all these hot shots I have turned Wimbledon off now this year, cannot put up with all these barbed comments, Rafa is a pure sportsman, go and relax and enjoy all your family
    forget those back in Wimbledon xx

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  13. I am really ‘gutted’. Extremely sad that Rafa is no longer in the tournament and will not be in the finals. Always wanted him to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon. I was not able to watch but, looking at the scores, Rafa with a little bit of luck could have won, and if he had he would have had an excellent chance to win the championship – which he deserved. Kyrgios’s serve and some passing shots were good and having an excellent serve is part of tennis and a great advantage but that is not all. Unfortunately the main difference between Sampras and Agassi was also the serve.
    Whatever it is, Rafa you are my no. 1 and will always be that regardless of statistics or anything else. I just hope you stay well and get into super form so that you can win all the next matches including the US Open.
    God Bless you. Love u. VAMOS!

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  14. Malinki, Marlene

    You look upset! I would be too! Tomorrow is another day!

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  15. Brenda Lalkungi

    Good news from Rafa !! he is truly humble. It.remains to be seen if Kyrgios can remain on top……?

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  16. I think Rafa’s shot selection was not that great for the match, Kyrgios serves fast but could not move over the court that fast…. Very sad moments for me, I was hoping for #15.

    Well… Let’s hope for best for USO & nest Year!!!!!

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  17. Well, Rafa’s loss takes excitement out of the tournament. It won’t be nearly as dramatic watching the games now. But maybe Andy Murray will win again and I can sit here and watch England go as crazy about tennis as soccer fans are about soccer. Have fun on the beach, Rafa.

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  18. dont worry…u re a best player..only for u i habituated to watch tennis..u & serena play like sharpshooters..better luck..nxt time for champ rafa & serena..

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  19. rommel senga

    Rafa truly understands what its like to be beaten by someone who played better than him….And i admire him for being honest….He was once a 19-year old who did the same thing that Kyrgios did to him so what happened was nothing new and surprising…Tennis has always been this way whenever new and rising stars break in to the tour…

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  20. The more Nadal loses, the more upset I feel. However, that’s the way he has been since he first turned pro. He loses and then comes back stronger and more energetic than ever. It’s simply because he is Rafael Nadal!

    If Kyrgios continues playing that king of tennis in the matches coming, he’ll no doubt be a great star to be. Or else, he’s just been lucky to overcome Nadal – one of the greatest tennis players of all time!

    Take a rest, Nadal! Good luck to you Kyrgios!

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  21. Rafa played a very good game even if he lost because of all the Aces of the other Wild Card but I thought the matches were planned against him from the very beginning. Enjoy your beautiful beach family and friends in Mayorca. We still think you are the best.

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    • Why do you think the matches were planned against him?
      I do think so;It hurts to see him out already.He makes my days brigther seeing him play.
      Best of luck Rafa,we <3 U

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  22. Rafa you played a great game and Nick newcomer and wildcard just aces the match, he won he stayed toe to toe with you which usually don’t happen you always find a way he even won both tiebreaks,I hope he beat Joker, Murray, Fed , Stan the Man who aces matches as well or Milos the biggest server right now. Be happy your body needs a rest for Toronto and U.S.Open. I’ll always support you and looking forward to see you in Toronto August for the whole tournament

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  23. You are an amassing sport man so gracious in defeat enjoy the beach

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  24. i’m sad to see my rafa is out ….but Rafa is still my favorite and also like that…frever..best ever tennis player for me…enjoy your self at the beach and..fight for the next macth and next tournament…hopping the best always for you…God blessed you. Vamos Rafa.

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  25. Love you Rafa, great champ. Only happy about the lose because it was an Aussie who beat you. Enjoy your break on the beach and cheer for our young Aussie boy to upset the rest and win it.❤️

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  26. you lose once and you win many tournament thats rafael nadal

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  27. belgacem zammouri

    Rafa you are alwayes the best, you can beat him the next time .

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  28. Faye Deverill

    Enjoy the beach I love watching you play you are still the best :)

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  29. I love you Rafa and I think you played great. You had a mine-field for a draw and you stepped on one today. You had the toughest draw. You would have won the tournament if you had a little more LUCK when playing Kyrgios today. Soooo Proud of you my boy, I think you are the greatest the GOAT – yes I think you are. You’re great in manyways, your character, your tennis, and everythink. God Bless you Rafa. Love Marylynn. P.S. The best to you for the rest of the year. STAY HEALTHY and MENTALLY FRESH.

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  30. Enjoy the Beach and well deserved rest!! To win Roland Garros for 9th time and have such a short break and still make it to Round 4 is quite an accomplishment. This may be a blessing in disguise as you can rest and recuperate before the next tournament. Proud of you!!

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  31. Jennifer Keating

    As always Rafa, gallant in defeat and still my number 1 player.

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  32. Whoever said that aces is not tennis does not play tennis at all nor know anything about the sport. The serve is one of the most important part of tennis. When you have a good serve, you win 50% of the game. Kyrgios does not have technical capabilities? You must be kidding. He broke Kyrgios in the last set, and breaking Nadal is almost next to impossible.

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  33. Rafa’s losing streak has continued…I think he is getting old. Lucky at French Open, but losing AOpen, losing on clay, losing straight sets in Halle, now this. To be honest, every player has nothing to lose playing against him, since he is no 1…so his statement is moot.

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  34. So pleased Rafa got through the initial rounds, and as always was a pleasure to watch. Rafa did play well, but Kyrgios had powerful serves and managed to sustain a high level of play for the entire match. Rafa could have won and did have chances to convert, but the splendid play of Kyrgios left very little margin for error. I hate when Rafa loses, but I really think the loss is a MAJOR BLESSING in disguise, and not only as far as some quality time at the beach. The schedule the other players are going to have to endure due to the lack of concern for the players well being by Wimbledon will not be doing any of the players a favour healthwise. I’ll take Rafa prolonging his career, over Rafa remaining #1, or risking injury, because the players are not allowed sufficient time to recover between matches. Kyrgios impressed me a great deal more than Raonic. Moves a lot better. But I only get up at ridiculous times in the early morning hours to watch Rafa!

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  35. Kyrgios has played the match of his life which probably he won’t keep it in the next match, Today he left all his energy in the court, also his best service, tomorrow? we’ll see………

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  36. Carla Navarro

    You are my champion Rafa!!!

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  37. Rafa…you ROCK!!

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  38. Funny enough I’m NOT at all disappointed about the loss today – I believe you have played really really well this year on grass – very well deserved break Rafa onwards we go the US Open – you still our beloved #1 love you and enjoy your rest with your loved ones P.S if this is the future of tennis then I doubt I’ll be watching an Aces only match

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    • It’s too bad you lost. Your a great champion and have a great sportsmanship attitude! Get some good rest. See you in Toronto for Rogers Cup then defend your title in NYC

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  39. Afolabi Oyedele

    It is not EASY at all being at the top. Every real champion like Nadal is like a goldfish and there can be no hiding place! Like Spiderman, a champion has more enemies by the day, as everybody wants to pull him down and be No 1. Nadal’s ”enemies” continue to increase, from Federer to Djokovic to Murray to Ferrer …….and now Nick Kryios.

    But can Nick hold it all together and reign like Nadal? May be. May be not. As King Nadal would always say: ”We’ ll see”

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  40. Alejandro Barra Tyrer

    Disfruta de tu descanso y solo pensar en el futuro, la vida siempre te otorga la revancha

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  41. Disfruta de la playa querido Rafa! Tu eres mi campeon <3

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  42. Celia D Williams

    Rafa is a champion and always will be because he is modest, honest, A sportsman through and through and an excellent role model for how to behave both on and off the Court. We will see your return. You are still adored and we wish you well.
    Go and enjoy the beach with family and friends, we your fans know this is not the end.
    You win some you lose some. Now go have fun and we will see you and be cheering you on somewhere on the circuit. God Bless you young man.

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  43. Come al solito molto onesto e positivo! grande Rafa, sempre il numero uno!!

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  44. With the way Kyrgios served today, NOBODY could have beat him! 37 aces at super speed!? The other top three would have lost also. This kid may be one of the greats someday but he will never have the grace, humility and attitude of our beloved champion! We all love you Rafa <3 Win or lose, you do the sport of tennis proud! Vamos!

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  45. But I am upset. I had a chance to watch your match today and boom. You lost. I wish this guy beat the others too and make history. Lol

    But You still and always will be our champ. Have a nice time at beach.

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  46. So sorry Rafa, you did play well. That guy was just winning on his serves, aces all the time – SOOO boring! It takes more than that to be a great player like you are. He won’t last long in the tournament I am sure. Your draw was the worst and of course Murrays was the best as usual! He has had such an easy run and they are raving as if he has played the top guys! You keep going Rafa, enjoy your break and good luck for the U.S.Open. We will be rooting for you.

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  47. You spoke well of your opponent,thats a large part of why we love you. he did well to beat you. You are still the greatest . Enjoy a well deserved rest.
    well of you opponent

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  48. U still remain my champ despite ur loss rafa,enjoy ur rest n av fun wit ur family n friends.Vamos

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  49. I am very sad. But not because you lost, champ. I am sad because your opponent does not play tennis. It was all about serving aces. :( For me, this is not tennis. It’s sad, it’s not fair. Rafa for me will always be a great champion, always. I will always support you. I love your tennis. I hope that now it is time for rest, Rafa. See you soon, champ!

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  50. Lisa-jane Wilson

    Like we always say our number one win or lose. You lost today but have won things only certain players can dream of. You won Roland garros which know means everything so hope you enjoy some you time. I be hoping Andy will get it now as he a true gentleman to. Always be my number one much love to you x

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  51. como siempre ,muy acertado el comentario de RAFA ,es cierto se le puede ganar algun partido ,lo sabemos ;asi le paso a ROSOL , SODERLING….y habra muchos y hubieron otros cada quien a cada numero uno .el poder ser consecuente con el juego y lograr o permanecer en los 10 primeros ya es otra cosa …….para eso se necesitan otros valores que en el correr del tiempo veremos o no ….pero estaremos observando para recordar ….que tan lejos llegan unos y otros .para mi sigue siendo RAFA como ROGER dos numeros uno que nada y a nadie tienen que demostrarle por que lo son .y harian bien en lograr ser parecidos …y ya estariamos contentos con los nuevos jugadores que tanto hacen por ser como ellos

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  52. A champion is someone who is able to get up after a crashing defeat, and go to win again. This is Rafael Nadal and this is a true mark of a champion!!! Watching Wimbledon 2014 is not gonna be the same without you. Enjoy the beach and your rest. You deserve it and see you at the US Open. Vaaaaamooooosss RAFA!!!!

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  53. As i said before i don’t mind u losing Wimbledon as long as you defeated Rosol, for me that was victory, conquering the man who is so full of air…i have watched ur matches even if it’s on the wee hours of dawn here in New Zealand…. Amazingly , ur match with Kyrgios didn’t upset me. You played very well and served very well. You are always a sight to behold/watch on the court. Anyway, mission accomplished-defeating our nemesis… Rest and enjoy your break…VAMOS!!!!!

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  54. I was sad you didn’t win but I can not falter you, this guy got so many points because of his strong, aggressive serve, and did not allow you to play at your best, I am sure it would have been different had there been long rallies in the match. you have had the toughest matches in this tournament and payed very well specially as you have played so little on gras the last two years.
    Ahora a descansar,disfrutar de la playa y la familia que es tan importante para ti. Y a prepararte para el US open. Suerte y un abrazo

    Nieves asensi-Blake

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  55. A well thought out analysis Rafa. Soderling beat you once, never to be heard from again.
    Steve Darcis… well who is he… Lukas Rosol one time fluke…. I am not berating these guys efforts, just want to say it takes much more than one single defeat to become a world class player… top of that these guys are the ‘nothing to loose’ types who come for their 15 minutes of fame… But Rafa will always shine… his glory is not short lived… We are talking about Rafa the GOAT!!!
    Go home enjoy a few weeks of summer, family, fun and down time with your loved ones… Come back feeling rested and ready to take on the hard courts and defend you masters and majors.
    Best of Luck always and ALWAYS A RAFA fan!!!! :)

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  56. I love Rafa Nadal. Win or lose HE IS THE MAN.He knows the game and he did fight. Thank you Rafa.Good luck for next tournament.lots of love and care.

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  57. Bad luck Rafa I have always watched your matches but this time I decided to have a miss at watching Wimbledon. I do not like the way they make the draw of course in Favor of their man. I do not believe number 3 in the world playing number 4 in the Quarter final.Have a good rest at see you at the US OPEN

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  58. Stephanie Gabrielle

    Rafa has the toughest draw among the top 4. He managed to defeat Rosol which was a big victory. Though I am a bit disappointed but not overly upset, Enjoy your holiday Rafa and please show us more of your photos with your girlfriend Mary.

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  59. That’s why we love him so – always classy in defeat, always speaks the truth, always the philosopher – always seeing the big picture and accepting of it. How is it that WE fans are more upset?

    May next year bring his 10th (???***!!) FO? How is that even possible. And then an extra week before the grass. Please just stay healthy so you can have 3-4 great years left.

    Enjoy the well-earned vacation and come out strong, we’ll welcome you to the U.S.!!!!

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  60. DEIRDRE WALSH

    RAFA U PLAYED REALLY WELL AT THIS WIMBLEDON AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WATCH. HAVE THE REST THAT U DESERVE AFTER AN AMAZING RUN OVER THE LAST YEAR AND GET READY TO DEFEND THE US TITLE. VAMOS ALWAYS////

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  61. Susan Bulger

    aS ALWAYS OUR rAFA IS GRACIOUS. HOWEVER, I’M TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS WORLD #1 SPOT. I’M DISAPPOINTED NEVERTHELESS I’M A FOREVER FAN. ENJOY THE BREAK RAFA!

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  62. I too am sorry you lost today, Rafa. But, we will always root for you winning or losing because you ARE the best in all ways! Enjoy a rest and think only think about winning the next one!!! :)

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  63. Marieta Jonker

    Strings Rafa – there is always a next time! You can’t change the past but you can change your future!

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  64. Shirley Bird

    You are still our star rafa..enjoy the beach.. I sm 84 snd am still a ” beach bum” ha haxxxxxx

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  65. kaltenbergerfj@yahoo.com

    You’re still our champion Rafa.

    Judy

    Sent from my iPhone

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  66. Abdulla abu khater

    Don’t worry Rafa. This guy was just hitting the ball without any technical abilities. You did play well and we are v much satisfied with your performance. You will always be the greatest. Vamos Rafa!

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  67. Well I am very upset that you lost and now the rest of Wimbledon wont be the same!!!!! But you have a good attitude to your loss and go and enjoy the beach and have a well deserved rest. And I look forward to your next tournament. xxxxx

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  68. Great attitude, Rafa. I totally agree with you. Besides, it may be a blessing in disguise!
    Who wants to wake up tomorrow and play another grueling match and possibly do damage
    to your knees due to sub-par scheduling by the tournament sponsors with no day off. So unfair! Go enjoy some down time and relax for a change. You have nothing more to prove.

    Beginner’s luck for Kyrigos.

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  69. As always gracious and realistic is our champion. Rafa for ever

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  70. rosalind cole

    i am upset Rafa – so sorry you lost – enjoy your time on the beach. He is a very good player and well done to him – kept hoping you would come back and win – sadly not to be

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  71. Good statement by Rafa. He’s right – especially about the draw. Kyrgios could have beaten any, of the top seeds today.

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    • As always Rafa very down to earth. We will see if Kyrgios fufills his potential and goes on to consistently produce good results on all surfaces. At 19 Rafa won his first French Open – we will see what the future holds for Kyrgios. Rafa enjoy a well deserved rest with your friends and family. You have achieved so much – keep healthy.

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