“In the moments of truth, I did everything wrong,” says Rafael Nadal after Madrid defeat


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Rafael Nadal says he has ‘taken a step back’ in his recent improvement. The 34-year-old has earned a formidable reputation on clay throughout his career, but he was unable to prevent his German opponent from sealing a famous victory. Zverev beat the world number two 6-4, 6-4.

“I was in control the first six games,” Nadal said. “When I served 4-2, I made a disaster and then another bad game. If that happens to you with one of the best in the world and with a court at this speed, it is difficult to keep up.

“Being better than him in the first set, I lost 6-4. It is a complicated thing to understand and more in me that sometimes I win sets being inferior to the rival. I have made unjustifiable mistakes when you didn’t have to do them.

“It is a difficult week for me. I am climbing a ladder and today I have taken a step back. In the moments of truth I have done everything wrong. Serving for 5-3 I have made several mistakes and then in at 4-3 I missed a parallel forehand on break point. I’m sad about the defeat because it’s a missed opportunity.”


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