In press conference after his win over Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal commented on Roger Federer's loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon. When it happened, Nadal was facing Del Potro on Centre Court.
‘I was playing tennis. I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court', the Spaniard said. 'I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside. I have a tough work having Juan Martin in front.
‘Now is a reality that Federer is not here. He lost. That’s part of our sport. That’s all. ‘I’m sorry for him, of course. But is impossible to win always, even for him. Even if will be probably a tough day for him because he had a lot of chances to win the match, match point, two sets to love.
Is a tough day. But that’s how works this sport. Even more here on grass. Just feel sorry for him and congrats to Kevin. Can’t say anything else.’ About his upcoming semifinal against Novak Djokovic, Nadal added: ‘Always is a big challenge face Novak.
Is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport. Is always a big test. You know that you can’t win against him if you don’t play very well. But my goal is to try to play very well. I know in semifinals of Wimbledon you will not have an easy opponent in front.
You have to accept that if you want to win important things. Of course, you will face the best players. You need to be ready for it. ‘I did a lot of things well since I am back from injury. I only lost one match. I know that semifinals is one of these matches that anything could happen.
I know if you don’t play very well, you will not have the chance to win. ‘But I hope to be ready to play very well, and let’s see what’s going on. I know he’s playing very well.’
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