- Nadal: “It Is Not The End” (via ATP World Tour)
“I accept the defeats and there is only one sure thing: I want to work harder even than before to come back stronger,” Nadal said following the match. … Nadal’s blueprint for recovery? Acceptance, analysis and more hard work. “The first set was key. But then when you lose in the way I lost today, I’d say c’est la vie. It’s the way it is. If you look at the score I’d say I didn’t win enough games. He played better than I did. You have to accept it and congratulate the other player. Then you have to analyse the reasons and then work really hard. This is what I think I’ll have to do now.”
Nadal will now head into the grass-court season and Wimbledon, where he lost in the fourth round against Australian Nick Kyrgios in 2014. “Last year I didn’t play bad on grass,” said the two-time All England Club champion. “I played a good Wimbledon. I had a good chance to be in quarter-finals. I lost a match that I could win. That’s it. I am booked for Stuttgart and Queen’s and then in Wimbledon probably.”
“I was doubtful about myself the 11 years that I have been playing here. I won nine and I lost twice. Doubts are good in life.” — Rafael Nadal, defending champion, No. 6 seed and Roland Garros icon after he was beaten in a quarterfinal on Wednesday by top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
- The Nine-Year Wait (via tennis.com)
“He was better than me,” Nadal said. “That’s it. It’s very simple.” The stats made it look as simple as Rafa said. Djokovic won 102 points to Nadal’s 71, hit 45 winners to Nadal’s 16 (23 to three from the forehand side), and earned 18 break points to Nadal’s five. This time it was Djokovic who wore down Nadal; the Spaniard said his one regret was that he didn’t fight as hard as he could have in the third set. This time it was Nadal who ended the match with a double fault. … Watching him in defeat there was, more than anything else, surreal. I can remember Rafa saying, after his third French Open title, that he doubted he would ever reach Bjorn Borg’s men’s record of six. He can’t feel too bad, for too long, about having nine.
- Novak Djokovic Has Undisputed Tennis Throne in Reach After Defeating Rafa Nadal (via Bleacher Report)
A lot of people will erroneously use this loss as a way to diminish Nadal’s legacy. That is simply ridiculous. Nadal has won the French Open nine times in the last 10 years. He won the trophy four times in a row, lost in the fourth round in 2009 to Robin Soderling and came back to win it five more years in a row. His place in the history books is secure, even if he never wins again, which is a far-too-dramatic prediction to make after this tournament.
- Facing Nadal: Rivals Reveal Their Views on Rafa in New Book (via Tennis Now)
- Rebuilding Rafael Nadal’s confidence could take time, tennis legend Billie Jean King says (via USA Today)
“He’s playing better than he was [before],” King said Wednesday. “I just don’t know if he knows it.” … “I would try to get (him) thinking differently. He keeps telling himself, ‘I don’t have,'” said King, who is also a co-founder of World TeamTennis, which will open its 40th season this summer. “I would keep trying to say what you do have.” … The process for rebuilding confidence, though, would admittedly take time to develop, according to King. “I would say you have to maintain this over a year, at least six months before it’s going to kick in,” King says. “So you have to be very patient.”
- Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic in French Open
- Men’s QF – Djokovic v. Nadal (via Roland Garros)
- Snapshots from Day 11 at the French Open (via SI.com)
- Shots of day 2015 French Open / Day 11 (via Roland Garros)
- What you missed at 2015 French Open – Day 11 (via Roland Garros)
- Press conference Rafael Nadal 2015 French Open / Quarterfinals
- N. Djokovic v. R. Nadal 2015 French Open Men’s Highlights / Quarterfinals
- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continue to turn on the style (via Eurosport)
- Djokovic and Nadal keep the action coming at Roland Garros (via Eurosport)