Rafael Nadal believes that the 2019 Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic is easier to accept mentally than the Wimbledon semi-final he lost last year 10-8 in the fifth set. In press conference, Nadal said: "In terms of mental pain, the Wimbledon semifinal is harder than this one.
In the semifinals of Wimbledon, I was so close, and I was playing so well, having a lot of matches in a row, winning Roland Garros, playing so well on clay. I had that extra intensity in that moment. For me, was a big chance lost to win another Wimbledon.
Tonight I didn't have that chance. Is easier to forget, yes. In terms of personal satisfaction, I have a better personal satisfaction about the match of Wimbledon. But overall probably was more difficult to do the tournament that I did here than the tournament I did in Wimbledon, because in Wimbledon I came back after winning Roland Garros with big confidence, winning a lot on clay, winning a lot of matches.
Is much easier to play that well. If I am healthy, everybody knows I'm a good player on grass, no? I have better personal satisfaction because my two weeks here have been more difficult than what I did in Wimbledon. But about the personal match, that's what happened, that's all."