Rafael Nadal described himself as ‘sad’ after losing to Novak Djokovic at the French Open, but he refused to label it a disaster.
Nadal was attempting to win a 14th French Open title as well as a record 21st career major, but fell to Djokovic in a brilliant semi-final.
Afterwards, though, he was determined to remain philosophical about the defeat, although he insisted it was not time for ‘drama’ just because he lost a tennis match.
“My opportunities to win here are not eternal. In our sport, you must admit both victory and defeat. It’s not a disaster at all.
“I’m sad, I lost at the most important tournament of the year for me. But it’s just a defeat on a tennis court you know, and tomorrow I’ll be at home with my family. That’s OK.
“I have to rest a little, physically, mentally as well, and then I’ll tell what my schedule.”
“It’s not a moment to be pleased. But it’s not a moment to create drama. You can sit in the middle. I’m looking forward.”
The defeat was only Nadal’s third ever at Roland Garros, with Djokovic inflicting one of the others on him as well.
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