Loss to Novak Djokovic motivated Rafael Nadal, says Annabel Croft

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Loss to Novak Djokovic motivated Rafael Nadal, says Annabel Croft

The TV tennis presenter Annabel Croft believes that Wimbledon semifinals loss to Novak Djokovic motivated Rafael Nadal to get more success. The Spaniard just won his 33th Masters 1000 in Toronto. 'I think we’re seeing a lot more animation from Rafael these days', Croft said on Sky Sports.

'He was so intense trying to win another Wimbledon title. We know he was so angry when he came off the court against Novak and he wasn’t happy about that. To use that disappointment to come straight back out and win the first tournament he’s entered after Wimbledon was very impressive.' It was Nadal's first appearance in Toronto since 2010. 'There have been many years without coming back to Toronto and I miss this tournament a lot', the 32-year-old said during the prize ceremony following the final won over Stefanos Tsitsipas.

'I have had too many injuries in my career to come here more often, but this week has been fantastic. To receive this trophy means everything to me. And to have the support of you for the whole week means I wake up every morning and try practising every day on court with the highest amount of passion possible.

Thank you very much. Many thanks for all my special memories on court.' ALSO READ: Tsitsipas: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast, monster. I hope to reach his level'