Rafael Nadal said he did ‘everything wrong’ in his Madrid Masters defeat to Alexander Zverev, and he is not very happy about it.
Nadal was chasing a sixth Madrid title, and came into the tournament in fine form after winning Barcelona last week.
However, he was unable to make any real impression on Zverev, who brilliantly brushed him aside to earn a fine 6-4, 6-4 win.
After the match, though, Nadal was caught in a reflective mood, and he believes he can only blame himself for the loss.
“I was in control the first six games,” Nadal said. “When I served 4-2, I made a disaster and then another bad game.
“If that happens to you with one of the best in the world and with a court at this speed, it is difficult to keep up.
“Being better than him in the first set, I lost 6-4. It is a complicated thing to understand and more in me that sometimes I win sets being inferior to the rival.
“I have made unjustifiable mistakes when you didn’t have to do them.
“It is a difficult week for me. I am climbing a ladder and today I have taken a step back.
“In the moments of truth I have done everything wrong. Serving for 5-3 I have made several mistakes and then in at 4-3 I missed a parallel forehand on break point.
“I’m sad about the defeat because it’s a missed opportunity.”
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