Rafael Nadal: ‘I don’t hate losing – I like winning and competing more than anything’

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.”

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?”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘Novak Djokovic finds a way to win, he refuses to lose,’ says Martina Navratilova

Novak Djokovic is 'a wall', according to tennis legend Martina Navratilova ahead of his Rome Masters final against Rafael Nadal.The world number one hasn't...

Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal final: ‘It’s great to play my biggest rival of all time again’

Novak Djokovic will face his 'biggest rival of all time' Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday in what will...

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.Many were...

‘I’ll give it my all!’ – Novak Djokovic says he will be ready for Rafael Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic has pledged to 'give his all' when he comes up against old foe Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters...

Andy Murray bad luck continues as he misses French Open due to continued ‘discomfort’

Andy Murray will skip the French Open and warm-up tournaments, and go straight to prepare for grass court season instead, it has been reported.Murray...

‘Serena has little chance at Roland Garros, but a very good chance at Wimbledon,’ says Navratilova

Serena Williams has 'very little chance' of winning Roland Garros and she knows it, says Martina Navratilova, but Wimbledon will be different.Williams suffered an...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here