Rafael Nadal believes there should not be drama on his three-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid Open semifinals. The Spanish player said: "From my point of view I've done things properly, mentally talking and done things that were not so good.
My feelings were different compared to 5 pm. I trained at 5 pm and it was very hot. And afterwards, on court, the conditions were totally different. Big moments are when you manage to come back. That is the reality of the situation and I had to try to the very end and that is the way it's been.
And well, I know Tsitsipas quite well, or his game. Personally, I don't know him. And from then onwards, I knew what I had to do, it was clear, but I just was incapable of doing it. What I wanted to do, I have been incapable of doing it.
I haven't had a good feeling today to do the things I wanted to do and that's all. We don't have to think much more about it. I was clear what I had to do today, but tonight I wasn't capable of doing it."
"It's a defeat. It's the last possibility to be able to play a final in an important tournament for me, a lovely tournament. I've lost that opportunity. And the reality, what does that mean? It just means that I'm not going to be tomorrow playing a match, another day in front of all of these great people who come here to support me.
And what they give me, it is impossible to describe and thank them enough. This is what has happened tonight. Tennis is about winning or losing. I have been able to win a lot for a lot of years on this surface. And this year, it seems that's not the way and I am really close to it, but not managing to win.
And then you just have to accept it and I have to accept it naturally. But to accept things does not mean to try to change things. But during all my life, I think I have taken the victories very naturally and with a lot of normality.
With the losses, I'll do the same. It will be normal and I'm going to accept it naturally, in a natural way. And we can try and find as many excuses, or ifs, or possible, or whys, but at the end, it's a matter of playing good tennis and if you play at a good level, I think I would have been able to win today's match.
I wasn't able to play as good as I wanted to play. So, the consequence is that I was not able to win the match. What does this mean towards the future? We will see. I cannot tell you what it will mean in the future. Hopefully, I will accept this defeat properly and we will see what happens next week.
I will face some matches there then until Paris. We will see what happens there and then we will see what happens week after week, day after day. I'll try to work in a proper way, in a proper manner, with a proper attitude and then just believe in my possibilities and believe that things will work out and they will click."