Rafael Nadal: ´I lacked tranquility, confidence and luck, but I accept it and I´ll keep working´

Tennis - Pablo Cuevas: ´It has been the best match in my career´

by Luigi Gatto
Rafael Nadal: ´I lacked tranquility, confidence and luck, but I accept it and I´ll keep working´

Rafael Nadal has many regrets after having lost the semifinal match against Pablo Cuevas in three hours and 28 minutes. Regrets because on 12 breaks point he converted only one, regrets because already in Buenos Aires he did not convert one match point.

"I had opportunities and I fought until the end. I lost matches like this in Australia, last week and now here. I accept it and keep working" - assures once again Rafa, who was aware of Cuevas" qualities: "He is a great player especially on clay, very dangerous.

At the end of the second set and during all the third he served well. I lacked tranquility in some moments, I lost opportunities in Buenos Aires and here." Now probably a few days off on the beach and then Indian Wells, first Masters 1000 of the season.

With which attitude does he approach this tournament? "Clearly when you lose two weeks in a row with good chances to qualify for the final it"s never good, I fought until the end, I have had a good mentality accepting difficulties and fighting, but I lacked consistency in the important moments.

I lacked a little bit of luck, I hope it goes better" - said Nadal, who has indicated that the misfortune cannot be an excuse. Here are some declarations by Pablo Cuevas: "It has been the best match in my career against the best player on clay, it was a long match, I do not know what was the key...

the confidence and determination." Guido Pella"sdream run at this year"s Rio Open continues. His last victim wasDominic Thiemwho had previously seemed unstoppable. Coming into this match, Thiem"s overall record this year on a clay was 8-0, as he was Buenos Aires winner, and had won his three match on his route to the semi-finals.

Thiem also did not drop a single set coming into this match, so it was clear who was favourite to take this. But favourites do not always win their matches in this sport, and that was the case in this match, as Pella not only won the match, but he crushed Thiem with 6-1 6-4 result.

When asked if he was surprised by his very comfortable win, his response was:"Yes of course, I am really surprised about the match, but I think I have played unbelievable, he was like a little bit tired for all the matches that he has been played, but I think I did a really good job..." Pella"s results came as a big surprise, as he had to beat some big names to be where he is now.

First to be thrown out by him wasJohn Isner, and then list goes on with,Santiago Giraldo,Daniel Gimeno-Traverand nowDominic Thiem. Tough draw, and tough players to beat for sure, and in the end well deserved spot in the finals for Argentinean, who also said:"And tommorow I know it is going to be a very tough match, but I will try t be prepared and try to play my best". Full interview down below: ALSO READ: Roger Federer red and white for Indian Wells, Rafael Nadal and S. Williams chose blue

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