Tim Henman believes Rafael Nadal will ‘be fine’ despite his Australian Open quarterfinal defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Nadal was two sets up against the Greek star and looked like he was cruising into the semi-finals, but he slowly lost control of the match and sank to a defeat in five sets.
It means Nadal will have to wait for the French Open to try to win a record 21st Grand Slam, but Henman believes he will have no problems putting the disappointment in perspective.
“He’ll be fine,” Eurosport expert Henman said of Nadal.
“It’s a massively disappointing defeat, but again he’s been around for so long, he’s so experienced, he’s had amazing highs, and this will be disappointing.
“But there’s going to be many more opportunities ahead of him in this year and if he’s fit and healthy, then I’m sure he can be back winning big events in the future.”
Henman’s Eurosport colleague Mats Wilander added: “He’s going to hit some balls, get back on those clay courts and realise: ‘I am at the same level now that I was last year at the French Open,’ because he played a great match.
“That he doesn’t win this match is basically bad luck.
“I think the fact that he can’t win the Australian Open, again he’s only won here once, I think he’s going to shrug it off and realise, ‘maybe I wasn’t strong enough physically to keep this level up’.
“He was going for big shots. Early on we talked about that – that’s not him, and it didn’t work.”
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