Rafael Nadal’s press conference following his loss against Frances Tiafoe in Round 4 of the 2022 US Open.
“Well done for him [Frances Tiafoe]. He was better than me. I played a bad match. He played a good match. I was not able to create the damage I used to.
“I was not able to hold a high level of tennis for a long time. I was not quick enough in my movement. He was able to take the ball too many times very early, so I was not able to push him back. Tennis is a sport of position a lot of times. If not, you need to be very, very quick and very young. I am not in that moment anymore.”
“Of course, this was not the ideal preparation for me. But in other cases, it has gone the right way, even without the perfect preparation. We can’t find excuses. We need to be enough of a critic [of] myself. That’s the only way to improve, that’s the only way that I understand that you are able to find solutions.
“I had been practicing well the week before, honestly. But then, when the competition started, my level went down. That’s the truth. For some reason, I don’t know, mental issues in terms of a lot of things happened the last couple of months. But it doesn’t matter. In the end, the only thing that happened is we went to the fourth round of the US Open and I faced a player that was better than me. And that’s why I am having a plane ride back home.
“Now I need to come back home, I have more important things than tennis.” 👶😍