Rafael Nadal: ‘I remained positive in all matches, today was not enough’ – 2021. reaction of the match at the Australian Open | ATP Tour

Rafael Nadal, who welcomed his search for a record 21st Grand Slam championship crown on Wednesday, was left to miss opportunities in his five-set defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“I missed a few balls in [third set] a tie-break that I couldn’t miss if I wanted to win, ”Nadal said. “The whole question is that I missed a slight defeat at the beginning of the third set [tie-break], a slight forehand at 2/1 in the tie-break, and then another defeat in that tie-break.

“I think Stefanos played great in the fourth and fifth sets. I tried at all times, with the right attitude … I think I stayed positive all the time during the match, the fight. I [it] it was not enough. Sometimes that’s enough. Today, [it] it was not enough. “

Nadal’s loss guarantees that Novak Djokovic will remain in first place in the world at least until March 8, when he will overtake Roger Federer and set a new record of a total of 311 weeks at the top of the FedEx ATP rankings.

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Nadal missed the lead of two sets of love only for the second time in his career at the big championship. Fifth seed Tsitsipas fought back 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena and joined Fabio Fognini, who was 3-6, 4-6, 6 -4, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Nadal at the 2015 US Open, at a very exclusive club.

“I mean in the third [set] he has already started to play much better, ”Nadal admitted. “Then, in the fourth and fifth [sets], I think he played [at] very, very high level of tennis. “

The 34-year-old Nadal, who could not represent Spain at the ATP Cup in Melbourne due to a stiff back, did not attribute the injury to the return of Tsitsipas.

“I never considered myself [an] an unhappy person at all, ”Nadal said. “[It] it doesn’t matter what injuries I had. I think I am a very happy person. The only thing I can do is just keep going. I put myself in position [to be] two sets in the quarterfinals, close to the semifinals. Is the chance lost? Yes, but life goes on. I hope I have a chance [and] I will continue to fight for it. ”

World No. 2, who holds a 69-15 record at Melbourne Park, fell in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in three of his last four visits to the tournament (2018, 2020-21).