Rafael Nadal doesn't hide he has some regrets after getting beaten by Gilles Muller 15-13. Not many ones for the fifth set where 'he played better', but especially for the big effort he had to make when he was two sets to love down.
'It’s more difficult when you play against a player like him that doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm. I had my chance in the beginning. But when you play against these kinds of players, you cannot have mistakes with yourself', said Nadal.
'That's what I did twice in the first and second sets. That cost me two sets. It’s difficult to come back after being down two sets against a player like him. I think I did well,” he added. "I had good chances in the fifth set, but he had more chances than me.
So maybe he deserved it a little more than me. I lost in the fourth round, not a result I was expecting. It’s tough to analyse that in a positive way right now. I won matches, I played better than other years, that’s true but at the same time I was ready for other things.
I missed an opportunity.' Nadal saved four match points before getting beaten on the fifth. 'I lost at the fourth round, which wasn't a result I expected. It's difficult to analyze this match in a positive way.
I won matches and played better than other years, that's true but at the same time I was ready to do other things. I missed an opportunity. I gave all what I had, with intensity, passion and a very good attitude. I played well, other times I won, today I didn't.
I am sad because I am out of Wimbledon, but life continues and the season is still a very good one. Now it's the moment to enjoy holidays and then train again with a clear goal.' This year Nadal played two matches on Court 1: against John Millman in the first round and now against Muller. 'I'd like to come back next year to play more matches on Centre Court.
Always same players play there, they should be more equal'. Federer played all his four matches so far on Centre Court, as well as Andy Murray. ALSO READ: Toni Nadal: 'Now Rafa and Djokovic are friends, in the past they weren't'