(AFP) A defiant Rafael Nadal warned Sunday his career was not over yet as he pledged that “sooner or later” he will be back at the very top of men’s tennis.
“In the US Open I did better, even if I lost the match (to Fabio Fognini in the round of 32). Tough loss, but I did better. Let’s try here to do better again,” Rafa said at the China Open. “I think I am working well. I am very motivated to go for that challenge that brings me the chance to overcome a tough situation for me. I love that feeling, and I am going to fight to make that happen.”
“It’s obvious that when you lose more than what you won, you lose your confidence, no? But the confidence comes back with victories and with good feelings on court. In the practices, there are better feelings for me. Now it remains to compete a little bit better (in matches). But I think it’s coming,” he added.
“I was not able to control my emotions on court for a lot of months, so when that happens it’s almost impossible to play well, no? Last couple of months I’m feeling that I recovered that. I don’t feel that I am suffering on court as I did the first six, seven months of the season. I feel that I am more under control of my emotions on court. So that’s a very big advance for me… I am working very hard and I have the motivation to improve my game again. So I try a little bit to play with calm. I believe that sooner or later I will be playing at a very high level again.”
Source: Agence France-Presse