Rafael Nadal happy despite loss to Roger Federer

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(EFE) Rafael Nadal told Banco Sabadell customers Tuesday in the northwestern city of La Coruña that living in Spain did not make sense from a tax standpoint, but he was happy in his homeland: “In terms of managing assets, perhaps it would be better to go to another country with more beneficial conditions, but Spain is where I’m happy, with my family and friends. In another country, I would have double the money but be only half as happy. Money doesn’t buy happiness.”

Rafa, the world No. 6, said he enjoyed “a five-hour match,” like the semifinals and finals at the Australian Open, more than matches that were over “in an hour” and the outcome was known after two sets.

“I’d like (to close out matches faster), but I don’t know. The long and exciting matches are the ones that you’re happy to have played. A five-hour match is much more satisfying than a one-hour one,” Rafa, who has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, said.

Rafa said he was happy about his performance at the Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam event, but was still recovering from the effects of spending an entire month Down Under.

“What I’m the happiest about is that I’m competing on the court and I enjoyed myself in all the matches and played at a high level,” Rafa said.

Rafa acknowledged that there were “times” in 2015 when he was not enjoying himself, felt “more anxiety” and could not “control the nerves and the tension.”

“It’s hard to explain. Whether having won or lost, I would get back to my room and think: You’ve won practically everything, why get nervous. You mulled it over and the next day, the same thing. Competition changes you,” Rafa said.

Rafa said his loss to Swiss star Roger Federer in the Australian Open on Jan. 29 did not affect him negatively.

“I ended up happy because I know I took a really big step,” Rafa said.

Source: EFE

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He visited the renowned El Corte Inglés department store to meet with consumers, VIPs and friends of the brand, and answer their style questions in a unique Q&A session.

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal cheers on Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga

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Rafael Nadal was in the stands at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to support his favorite football club.

A scrappy late finish by substitute Álvaro Morata earned Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao and sent Zinedine Zidane’s side to the top of La Liga.

Rafa said in the interview that watching football doesn’t make him tired and we are happy that our champ has got another chance to enjoy in Real Madrid’s victory.

Rafa also said:

I want to rest for a few days. I injured my wrist during the Madrid Open and I’ve only played without pain during the US Open.

Mentally I was feeling good but playing with the pain during all these months hasn’t helped.

Source: Tennis Forum