No.2 seed Rafael Nadal concluded his 21st Grand Slam quest at the Australian Open 2021 after a quarterfinal loss. However, World No.2 Spaniard admits he never considered himself an unlucky person in the post-match interview.
Having an intention to reach the seventh semifinal at Down Under major event, the 20 time Grand Slam champion was defeated by No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the grueling five sets 3-6, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-5 at the quarterfinal on Wednesday.
“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,” Rafael Nadal said in on the post-match interview.
“I Tried My Best In Every Single Moment,” says Rafael Nadal
2020 French Open champion continued, “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.”
“I Hope To Keep Having Chances”: Nadal
Rafael Nadal did not play for his nation at ATP Cup earlier this month due to his back stiffness. And 2009 champion did not train properly during the major event as well.
The 34-years-old man from Manacor added, “I never considered myself (an) unlucky person at all. (It) doesn’t matter the injuries that I had. I think I am a very lucky person. The only thing that I can do is 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,” Rafa concluded.
Nadal has fallen in the Australian Open quarterfinals seven times out of the 16 appearances.