Rafael Nadal suffered his fifth straight loss to Novak Djokovic, falling to the Serb 64, 61, 16, 63 in the finals at Wimbledon.
Nadal, who also lost his No. 1 ranking two days earlier, had been the Wimbledon winner the last two times that he played and had won his last seven Grand Slam finals until today.
Djokovic was the better player Nadal candidly said.
“He played better than me,” Nadal said. “For that reason he is the champion here. So I just can congratulate him. That’s the true. He played very, very, very high level for moments, and I played a little bit lower than the previous days.”
Djokovic has wins over Nadal on three different surfaces – hard, clay, grass – a feat only only achieved against Nadal by Roger Federer.
“When I was hundred percent to play, I lost against him five times,” Nadal said. “The rest of the year I won almost every match. So I’m doing the things very well probably not against him. That’s what I have to change. Probably the mental part is little bit dangerous for me, because when I arrive to the 5-4, I played a bad game with 30-love. When I arrived to 4-3 of the fourth set, I played another bad game with my serve.”
Nadal had won 20 straight matches at Wimbledon and only Roger Federer had beaten him in Grand Slam finals. And Rafa admits that right now he has to find a way to beat Djokovic because his current strategy is no longer working.
“Is true we can analyze that my game is not bothering him,” he said. “We have to find how I can bother him another time. I did in the past. He’s in the best moment of his career. That’s true, too. I am in one of the best moments of my career. Still not enough for him. I have to play longer. I have to play more aggressive. I have to have less mistakes. Yes, that’s what I have to do.”
Nadal moves to No. 2 in the rankings in between No. 1 Djokovic and No. 3 Federer. Nadal has three titles this season losing five finals. He won French Open, reaching the Wimbledon finals and was injured during a quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open.
“Last five times wasn’t my time,” Nadal said. “I gonna wait and I gonna try to a sixth. And if the sixth doesn’t happen, to the seventh. It’s going to be like this. That’s the spirit of the sport.”
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