Rafael Nadal kicks off his speech by congratulating Djokovic and his team. He then thanks the tournament organisers.
Good evening, everybody. First thing I have to say is many congratulations to Novak and his team. It was an amazing level of tennis tonight and during the two weeks. Well done for everything.
I want to continue saying thank you very much to all the people who make possible the event. I have to continue saying many thanks to all the people in Tennis Australia who make possible this amazing tournament. There is no one tournament that is improving every single year like this one. The job you are doing is just fantastic. Thank you for making this tournament probably the best in the world.
It has been a very emotional two weeks, even if tonight wasn’t my best night. It’s been a very important two weeks. I have been going through tough moments in last two years – I had to retire in two events last year including here and that was painful.
Even if tonight was not my night, to me it’s so important to be where I am today, coming back from injury.
I really believe I played a great two weeks of tennis. That’s going to be a good inspiration for myself for what’s coming. Thanks to all my team.
I can only say one thing – I am going to keep working and keep fighting hard to become a better player. Every moment, keep fighting. I’ve been trying since long time.
Sometimes its been difficult for me in terms of injuries and sometimes in [opponents like tonight], but I will keep practising.
Sources: BBC, Australian Open