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Rafael Nadal: ´Defeat against Rosol was better than losing to Djokovic or Federer in the final´.

Rafael Nadal recalls his losst against Rosol: ´Loss always hurts but it was not the worst moment of my career´.
Tennis Interviews  07 Dec 2012 - 09:03 / by Federico Coppini / reads 12352.
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Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol

The Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, who is near to making comeback on the ATP Tour,  discussed one of the biggest losses of his career he suffered against Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon this year.

A famous English website, Huffington Post, gave the microphone to Rafa Nadal. The current number four in the ATP ranking was asked if his loss at the hands of Rosol at Wimbledon was the worst moment of his career.

“Not at all”, answered Nadal, "Such losses occur. A defeat can't be matched with the worst moment of one's life. Real worse moments are the injuries or physical and mental flexions that one can have during the season. In particular, this negative result against Rosol signed the end of a very good part of the season played by me. My knee was in very bad conditions after Roland Garros, I was a lot tired. Independently from my physical problem, it has been a blow at the second round. A loss is never good but it’s harder to digest a defeat in a final. For example my loss at  the hands of Djokovic after fighting for six hours in the final of this year's Australian Open or the one in which I played for five hours against Roger Federer in the final of Wimbledon in 2007. I think that these situations are more painful because you can see the finish line but can’t reach it”.

Nadal also cleared the confusions about his schedule for 2013 through the help of his facebook page. There were rumors on many websites that Nadal might not take part in next year's AustraIian Open but he confirmed that he would be taking part in some events at the start of next season.

About this, he said: "I've seen that they have used collected statements incorrectly with respect to my calendar. I am preparing me for Acapulco, Melbourne, Doha and Abu Dhabi to start the year. For now it is what I have in mind."

Nadal is expected to make his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in the last week of this year.




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The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.

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