Rafael Nadal’s run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome is over as he lost 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 to No.2 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.
“He’s one of the best in the world, he’s playing great. I played well for moments, I had my chances for moments, but I could have done with a little more energy at times. My legs didn’t answer me after a tough week. I was able to find positive things during the tournament but I played three very tough matches this week and it was very hard mentally, as well as physically. I was a little bit tired,” said Rafa.
“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines, I think this week is important for me. I won 600 points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against one of the best players of the moment. I arrive to Roland Garros now more encouraged than how I felt a few weeks ago.”
Rafa will head to the French Open, which begins next Sunday, where he will try to defend his title and win a 14th Grand Slam.
Win or lose, always with Rafa!
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