Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open run ended in a five-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I missed a couple of balls in the [third set] tie-break that I could not miss if I wanted to win. The whole issue is I missed an easy smash at the beginning of the third-set tie-break, an easy forehand at 2/1 in the tie-break, and then another smash in that tie-break.
“I think Stefanos played great in the fourth and fifth sets. I tried my best in every single moment, with the right attitude… I think I stayed positive all the time during the match, fighting. And it was not enough. Sometimes it’s enough. Today, it was not enough.”
“We can find excuses or reasons, or maybe this quarantine that we need to be more time in the room than usual. But I’m not the guy that’s going to find excuses on that or going to complain about what happened, no. Just accept. I never considered myself an unlucky person at all. Doesn’t matter the injuries that I had. I think I am a very lucky person.”
“The only thing that I can do is just keep going. I put myself in a position to be two sets up in the quarter-finals, close to the semi-finals. Has a chance been lost? Yes, but life continues. I hope to keep having chances [and] I’m going to keep fighting for it.”