Speaking in his post-match press conference on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal said his thoughts were with his family at home, admitting his lack of match practice had cost him.
“It’s OK. All the credit to Tommy (Paul). It happens. I had my chances but I played a terrible game. He played aggressive.
“A lot of things going on these latest months, without a doubt. But we are not here to find excuses. It’s the same – you play well you win, you play bad you lose. At the right moment, I didn’t do the right thing. He had the right intensity and concentration.”
Rafa also said he’s still planning to play at the ATP Finals in Turin later this month:
“I’m excited about playing [in Turin], even if it hasn’t been the perfect couple of months for me, of course. But, yeah, nothing to lose. After a good year, going there, just trying my best.
“It’s true that for the last five months I didn’t spend enough days on the Tour. I don’t even say competing on a tennis court; I say on the Tour, practising with the guys. That’s what I need. I am going to try — if nothing happens, if I am feeling OK — to be in Turn a little bit earlier than usual and have some practices.
“Just give myself a chance to enjoy another Finals. You never know when is going to be the last, especially at my age. So I’m going to give my best to enjoy this one, and then [the] next years of course I’m going to fight to be back there.”
Sources: Yahoo! Sport, ATP Tour