In an interview as quoted by ATP Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya spoke about the Spanish player losing to Alexander Zverev in straight sets, 6-2 6-4, at the World Tour Finals in London. Moya said: "Yesterday it started bad from the beginning.
The court, the opponent, not being at his best level... All these circumstances made him not come back. He never felt comfortable. Everything happened quickly. It's complicated to calm down in a situation like this but if you achieve it, you realize you have more time than what you may think.
It's something easy to say but difficult to do. Even if there are two good things: the abdominal did not hurt him and he was able to accept the loss, a bad day and not go home unlike what would happen in any other tournament."
"We tried to make him see he played a bad match, but he has been having a very good season", continued Moya. "Despite what happened in Paris, which forced him to prepare not the way he wanted to heading into there, he got many wins this year.
It's the first match he loses since Wimbledon. He needs to change his game and attitude in order to win the next two matches." Nadal will face Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. "It's two important matches, with very tough opponents and in conditions that are not the best for Rafa. Now there is no more margin to lose."