Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal tried to draw positives from his Washington round-of-16 loss to Lloyd Harris. Harris, ranked at No. 50 in the world, stunned No. 1 seed Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4. “I was able to move a bit better, so that is very important, especially for me personally, to keep enjoying the sport and keep having energy, believing that important things are possible,” Nadal said, per the ATP website.
“And then I need to keep improving. It’s true. I honestly didn't have two easy months. I had a lot of problems with my foot. I was not able to practise all the days that I really wanted, but I did as much as I could and I tried hard here”.
Nadal beat Jack Sock in his Washington opener before losing to Harris in the round-of-16, “The most painful thing is [to] not be able to be on court again tomorrow in front of this amazing crowd,” Nadal said.
“But I take a great experience [with] me. I was able to know a new city, for me a very important one. I enjoyed [it], and the support and the love of the people will stay [with] me”.
Nadal to return to the practice court
“I tried very hard, as everybody knows.
But [it] was not enough. [The] only thing I can do is congratulate my opponent and just keep going,” Nadal said. “I’m going to keep trying to practise the proper way and to give myself a chance to be better soon”.
There won't be much time to rest for Nadal as the 20-time Grand Slam champion is set to play at next week's Toronto Masters. “For me [the important thing] is just [to] keep going. Accept the challenge that I need to keep working, and I’ll probably have another chance next week in Toronto,” Nadal said. “I’m going to keep trying my best”.