After his loss yesterday in the Beijing final to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal admitted that he may be feeling some mental fatigue after all the matches he’s played and success he’s enjoyed this year.
“I hope to be ready for Shanghai,” Nadal said. “It’s an important tournament, one of the most important of the season because it’s a Masters 1000.
“So it’s true that probably mentally when you finish the US Open and you had all the success that I had during the long season is mentally a little bit tough. But in the same time, all the success that I had give me a lot of positive energy. Remain a little bit more, and I going to try my best in every match I play until the end of the season.”
Nadal also spoke about what happened against Djokovic in China compared to his US Open win over the Serb, saying that Novak played better and he simply did not.
“I did a lot of things worse than what I did in the US Open and he did the things very well,” Nadal said. “In the US Open he played very well, too. Probably the conditions of this court, this ball, were more favorable for him than for me. He did very well. He played a great match.
“I didn’t play as good as I did in Montreal and the US Open. So to play against Novak when he’s playing well, if you are not playing almost at the perfect level, is very difficult to win. That’s what happened today. I didn’t play at this level and he played at very high level and I lost.”
Nadal, now ranked No. 1 this week with a 65-4 record and 10 titles on the season, will have a few days of rest before his opening round match on Wednesday in Shanghai. If Nadal can win Shanghai he will become the first player to win six ATP Masters titles in a single season.
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