Rafael Nadal's 16 match-winning streak comes to an end as he lost to Roger Federer, 6-4 6-3 in the Shanghai final. The Spaniard, who had last lost a match in Cincinnati to Nick Kyrgios, analysed the match in a very calm way. 'It has been very difficult match for me.
He played very fast and he played well. I don't know how many unforced errors he make, but I don't remember. I could do maybe some things better, but that's it. No, no, just he played too good. That's my point of view. So congrats to him', the World No.
1 said. It was the best Asian swing in his career. Which was the key? 'I played well. That's all, no? Beijing have been a tournament that takes time for me to play well. I never liked a lot the balls there. Was difficult to find a good rhythm.
I played great in Beijing this year. And here too. I played a fantastic tournament, having very good wins. Very pleased the way I played the whole Asian tour for me, whole China tour. Beijing, Shanghai have been a very positive two weeks for me.
A lot of points, a lot of victories against great opponents. I come back with very good personal satisfaction the way that I played.' He wore a tape on his right knee. Is it a significant issue? 'I don't want to talk about that now, sorry, but after losing final is not the moment.
I am not worried, though'. Asked if he will play Basel and Paris Bercy, Nadal, who played 75 matches this year (65-10) said: 'I don't know. Remain couple of weeks for me. I need to think about it. I cannot tell you. Sorry, man.' In Shanghai he reached 2009 and 2017 finals, losing both of them.
Will get here next year with extra motivation trying to finally win the title? 'No, I just play every tournament with as high motivation as possible. Would not be fair I play here with higher motivation than in Monte-Carlo because I didn't win here and I won in Monte-Carlo 10 times.
No, every time I go on court I try my best. I try to play as good as I can. Sometimes I play better; sometimes I play worse. That's all. Shanghai is an important event. I always put attention in this event. Is true that I was not able to play as good as I would like here that often, but I already play two finals, couple of semifinals.
So was not a bad event.' Where would you rate Roger's form at the moment as opposed to where he's been over the last decade? 'He's winning two Grand Slams, winning couple of Masters 1000s, being second on the race with a lot of points.
Yeah, played well for the whole season. And the good thing for him is he take the periods of rest and when he was back he was able to win. So that makes a difference, because is very easy to say, okay, I take this period of time and that works very well.
Okay, yeah, that works very good if you come back, win. Because if you come back, you don't win, then for sure is not working well. The calendars are always looking good or looking bad in terms of the results, you know. When somebody is winning a lot, looks like calendar is perfect.
When somebody is losing, looks like the calendar is not good. For this year, Roger did great in all the events that he played, so looks like he saved his body, he did the right things, yes, probably, yes, but at the same time anything could happen.
And the confidence is going up and down sometimes. You can lose a couple of matches and changes everything, but of course he did unbelievable. He played very high level of tennis during the whole season, so well done for him and happy to see him play well.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I had arguments with Nadal, but today he is my friend'