Rafael Nadal gave credit to his opponent Novak Djokovic for the great Australian Open final played. The Spaniard said he has mixed feelings looking back at the match he lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
"Difficult for me to have a clear opinion. I think, of course, he played I think fantastic," said the 32-year-old. "At the same time, it is true that when he's playing that way, I think I needed something else.
I was not able to have that extra thing tonight, being honest, no? Yeah, was unbelievable the way that he played, no doubt about that. But at the same time is true that probably physically I was not able. I played fantastic tennis during both weeks, is true, but probably playing that well, I didn't suffer much during both weeks.
Five months without competing, having that big challenge in front of me, I needed something else. That something else probably today, I don't have it yet. That's my feeling, to compete at this super high level.
I think I was playing great during both weeks in offensive positions. In defensive positions, I practiced what I practiced. I practiced well, very well I think, but because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game.
I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game. To play against a player like him, playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive, no? When he was hitting, it is true that maybe was difficult to beat him even if I was at my 100%.
But probably will be a little bit more fight." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title