After losing in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal says that he won’t let one bad result get him down and undo all his hard work.
In an exclusive interview with EL ESPAÑOL before returning home to Mallorca, Nadal said that he will get over his disappointing loss to countryman Fernando Verdasco.
“It’s a tough loss,” said Nadal. “But you go out to compete knowing you can win or you can lose. This is something I’ve always been aware of throughout my career.
“But I had trained well and I had trained a lot. For a while now I’ve been training much more than I was able to before, when physically I just couldn’t. When you’ve worked so hard, you feel like you’ve done everything right, and the match doesn’t go your way…
“I know that I’m doing everything right. The work has been done,” said the 29-year-old. “The defeat on Tuesday doesn’t change that.
“I am well and I hope to continue like this moving forward. Yes, I lost to Djokovic in the Doha final, but I’m on the right track. I’m going to try to continue this way and put the Verdasco match behind me.
“It’s a difficult defeat at the moment, but in a few weeks, I’ll be competing again. I have to keep up the hard work to be ready.”
Nadal is determined to stay positive. “It’s a Grand Slam and it’s painful, of course, but I can’t ignore reality. Neither a victory nor a defeat can make you lose perspective.
“The defeat against Verdasco can’t take that away from me. Since Beijing, I’ve been playing at quite a high level.
“My results between Beijing and the end of the season were final, semi-final (Shanghai), final (Basel), quarter-final (Paris) and semi-final (Barclays ATP World Tour Finals) in difficult tournaments. And 2016 started with another final in Doha.
“The past few months have been a consistently high level and the level I hope to be at. This defeat is a stumbling block that I have to accept in this good spell. I do accept it and I will try to get back on the right track,” he added.
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