Rafael Nadal: I’m Happy The Way I Played, I’m Getting Closer To Where I Want To Be
by Tom Gainey | March 21st, 2015, 5:16 pm

Rafael Nadal took his tough 3-set loss to Milos Raonic yesterday in the Indian Wells quarterfinals in stride. The 3-time champion blew 3 matchpoints in a 46, 76(10), 75 defeat, his first loss ever in the Indian Wells quarterfinals.

“The real thing is I am happy the way I played,” said Nadal. “I am happy the way that I competed today. I am happy the way that I stayed in a level during the whole match. I am not happy that I lost. That’s it.

“Today I lost against a great opponent who was fighting for every ball with very positive attitude. Feeling that I was there fighting for the victory against a top player again in a good surface for him is a big improve for me. I am not very sad.

“I’m not happy about the final result, but I am happy because, as I said before the tournament, I am much closer than one month and a half of what I want to be.”

Nadal now heads to Miami where he has never won, but he’s playing good again.

“I think every week I am better,” he said. “Every week I am more competitive. Every week I feel stronger, quicker on court again. My movements are good again. My focus on the match is becoming better every match. Today I was able to compete against a top player without a feeling that he was better than me. So that’s a big improve. Against Berdych in Australia I played that match and I didn’t compete. Today against a very tough opponent, a very uncomfortable opponent, I created a lot of chances.”

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6 Comments for Rafael Nadal: I’m Happy The Way I Played, I’m Getting Closer To Where I Want To Be

Hippy Chick Says:

Doing your best is all i ask of you as a fan,best on luck in Miami Rafa,im proud of you win or lose….

TennisVagabond.com Says:

I thought he looked great against Milos. Really dominated the first set and ran fantastic throughout. He’ll be a dominant clay player this year, and I believe one of the top 4 or 5 on hard courts all season.

metan Says:

Well said @Alison.

I am happy as long as Rafa plays, my tennis Hero.
Vamos, wish you all the best !😄😍😘

Okiegal Says:

I thought he looked so much better at this tournament than the one in Argentina. I was disappointed he wasn’t able to take the TB after the amazing first set. But when you’re up against a serving giant like Milos, it could be curtains in a blink of an eye. Rafa had his chances…..but all in all he’s looking better. I think he’s tweaking his serve too, 7 aces…….Milos had 19.

tennis :) Says:

currently he is in top 8 players in world getting into quarters in Australian open & Indian wells. He was denied entry into top 4 by berdych & raonic who themselves are part of top 10. So no problem living with that

Giles Says:

Good luck in Miami Champ. Proud to be your fan.

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