Less than 24 hours after suffering a tough loss to Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo final, Rafael Nadal was already in Barcelona Monday meeting the local media. Nadal said the loss doesn’t change anything as far as his game, schedule and outlook. He’s firm that there will be no negative carryover.
Via translation, Rafa also admitted his game lacked that extra edge needed to beat Novak. But Rafa said that he is on the right track and he’s pleased that after missing so much time with the knee injury that he’s reached the finals of all five tournaments since his return.
He also said that his game is what it is, and while he can still improve he can’t make any radical changes or re-invent himself.
Nadal touched on these topics in Monte Carlo following the loss which snapped his 8 year run of dominance there.
“I like to win more than lose, but that’s sport,” Nadal said yesterday in Monte Carlo. “Is not a tragedy. I lost after eight years without losing here. That’s something. That’s the more normal thing that can happen after all the success that I had here.
“I think I’m in the right way. Five finals in a row. If you tell me that four months before, I will be crying for emotions, no? Just very happy to be able to play against the best players of the world another time, and play with real chances. That’s very, very important for me and is fantastic new. I feel emotions about that.”
Nadal, who has won 34 straight in Barcelona and the last 7 titles, plays the winner of Carlos Berlocq-Daniel Gimeno-Traver match in the second round.
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