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Rafael Nadal: 'I don't hate losing - I like winning and competing more than anything'

Rafael Nadal celebrates at US Open

Rafael Nadal has refuted Stefanos Tsitsipas' claim that he hates losing, saying it's more like he loves to win.

Nadal and Tsitsipas played out a brilliant final at the Barcelona Open, battling it out for more than three-and-a-half hours before Nadal finally got himself over the finishing line.

It was a 12th Barcelona Open title for Nadal, and a 61st career title on clay, and it was also the longest best-of-three final ATP Tour final since records began in 1991.

Afterwards, Tsitsipas said he believed the difference on the day was that Nadal 'hates to lose,' saying: “He’s a real competitor on the court

“He hates to lose. He hates to lose more than anyone else. I haven’t seen anyone fight like this."

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Nadal, though, used his own post-match press conference to refute that claim, insisting he has no problem with losing as long as he knows he has given his all.

“I don’t hate losing," Nadal said. “But I like winning and competing more than anything else.

“I like to make an effort to try to achieve the objectives and, if I do not achieve them, to leave with the peace of mind that I have tried.

“If you don’t fight in a final, when do you fight?”

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