“I was not able to think about Novak for the whole season,” Nadal told reporters. “I have been playing in another league. Seems like the last month-and-a-half, two months, I was in this league, I am in this top league. So my motivation and my goal is try to keep being in that top league, that is the top five, top four of the world. That’s my goal, and we’ll see if I am able to keep doing this.”
- Djokovic Beats Nadal, Advances to Final at ATP Finals (AP/tennis.com)
Nadal has been playing well, too, as his early-season struggles have disappeared over the last few months. He is 17-5 since losing in the third round of the U.S. Open, his most wins ever in that period.
That, he hopes, will bode well for next year.
“We’ll see,” Nadal said. “2016 going to be a new year. Hopefully better one for me.”
- Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to keep alive bid for 4th straight London title (The Sport Review)
Nadal was very clear about why he lost: It was the perfection of the Djokovic game.
“Everything. Hitting amazing. Well, the return always amazing. This year he serving great, I think. And then he is able to play with no mistakes and changing directions so easy, playing so, so long. He’s doing everything good. “He was better than me and he deserved to do what he did during the whole season. He played just fantastic. When somebody’s doing like this, the only thing I can do is congratulate him and [smiling] just wish not the best of luck for the next year.”
- Rafa: “What Novak Is Doing Is Just Amazing” (ATP World Tour)
“Novak for the moment is almost unbeatable,” the Manacor native said. “The only thing you can do is congratulate him. But things are like this today. What Novak is doing is just amazing. It is obvious that it’s true if somebody can do it, it’s him, but it’s not easy to stay at that high level four years in a row or five years in a row.
- High Heaton youngster Joseph Hunsley’s wish comes true when he meets sporting hero (chroniclelive.co.uk)
Lynn added: “It was a day that the whole family won‘t forget, that’s for sure. It’s not every day you get the chance to watch your idol up close, and then meet him afterwards. The smile on Joseph’s face shows just how happy it made him. We just don’t know how to thank Rays of Sunshine, Nadal, and his team, enough.”
Rafael Nadal said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Joseph.”