Rafael Nadal lost his first round match to Belgian Steve Darcis, 6-7, 6-7, 4-6, but not without an immense fight. He played evenly in the beginning, then started to show subtle signs of an issue with his knee. He held on to the very last points in the tie breakers for both the first and second sets. His opponent, Darcis, an unseeded player ranked 110, surprised us with a game exceptionally well played.
Many questions remain for Rafa, the most important being, how are his knees? We hope that there hasn’t been any damage and he can transition on to the hard courts after a bit of rest.
As for the disappointment of him losing in the first round – Rafa said it best. It’s only a game. This is life. As long as Rafa is healthy, whether or not he’s playing tennis, we are happy. We will love him even after he’s played his last game and retired. He’s our champion. That will never change, even if he never picks up a racquet again.
Rafa on his loss to Darcis:
“It’s tough – but life continues. This is a sport of victories, not the losers. Nobody remembers the losers…and I don’t want to remember the loss.”
Rafa on whether he can win Wimbledon again:
“I don’t know! The only thing I can say and I can do is keep working hard and keep giving me chances…I hope to have a few more years to play here and to play at the right level. I was not able to play great this year and last year obviously, but I will try.”
Vamos, Rafa! Get healthy for the hard court season! We still have to get you up the rankings this year! 🙂 VAMOS!