PHOTOS: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal humble in defeat against Novak Djokovic

Our champion Rafael Nadal was defeated by Novak Djokovic 3-6, 4-6 to be the runner up at the World Tour Finals in London. World number one was gracious in defeat, with sincere words for his opponent Novak Djokovic, and thankful towards his supporters.

“Hello everybody,” says the defeated finalist. “First thing, I want to say is congratulate a super player like Novak. I wish you the best of luck in the Davis Cup, you deserve it.” “This is probably one of the best seasons of my career and playing this match in this stadium is just fantastic for me. Thanks to all the crowd for all the support, not only today but around the week and all the crowd that supported me. See you next year.”

Rafa will next play at the Necker Cup this week. He has a busy exhibition schedule this November. See it here.

Photos: AP, Getty Images, Reuters

10 comments

  1. I am heartbroken , I think that beating at Beijing is in his head, hate to say it but Novak is making every effort to regain back No.1. but dear Rafa we do not care which no.you are as long as we are enthralled by your tennis .I do think that if you did not hit the ball long at the near 5-5 mark and had hit a winner there you would have taken the 2nd set and then would have been on a roll. You had a great 2013 .Rest up and we will see you next year.

  2. WAS REALLY WORRIED WHEN I SAW YOUR NEAR TRIP , WHEN YOU REACHED FOR YOU KNEE, PLEASE GOD YOU HAVE DONE NO DAMAGE WAS ASLO SORRY FOR YOU R RESULT BUT I FIND NO BEAUTY IN DJOJ/; TENNIS, ITS TO BRUTAL, FED.AND YOUR SELF ARE TWO GENTLEMEN ON THE COURT GOOD LUCK NEXT WEEK, AND REST WHEN YOU CAN GO BLESS XX

  3. I say you did not play your best yesterday..but you can win against him with more variation in ball placing. You will do it . All the best for next year. You are number 1…

  4. Non viene a mancare la stima né l’ammirazione verso i tuoi confronti, ma sono tanto triste perchè aspettavo un risultato diverso. Comunque sempre VAMOS RAFAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I am devastated for Nadal- you’re still no1in my eyes! Obviously Novak was too good. I’m totally shocked for him but no doubt he will hit back!

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