Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer played a bit better than me. No excuses'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer played a bit better than me. No excuses'

Rafael Nadal showed all his sportsmanship following his loss to Roger Federer in Wimbledon. The Spaniard credited the Swiss for the great performance delivered: "It's not the day to find any excuse way of tennis at all, no? Energy was there.

I have been playing with the right energy and with the right intensity the whole tournament. Today, too. Is true that was not big rallies in the first set. A lot of free points for him. That's why I say before I was not returning that well.

When you are not putting that many balls inside on the return, then is tough to find the rhythm and the energy because you feel that the match is little bit cold. Then in the end of the match things have been little bit different.

I felt myself better. But that's all. No, he played a little bit better than me. Even like this, I had small chances, couple of ones. Was not able to convert it. In these kind of matches, especially in this surface, that happens.

It has been a tough one. I had my chances. He played little bit better than me, I think. Probably I didn't play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserve it. Congrats to him." Federer said: "It's always very, very cool to play against Rafa here, especially haven't played in so long.

It lived up to the hype, especially from coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well. Then the climax at the end with the crazy last game, some tough rallies there. I mean, I don't know. It had everything at the end, which was great, I guess. I'm just relieved it's all over at this point."