Rafael Nadal is aware of his current situation after losing both matches at the final Masters tournament in Turin.

Namely, in the first match, the Spaniard was defeated by Casper Ruud, and in the second, Felix Auger Aliassime was better than him.

“I played better than the first day, in general. I didn’t take advantage of my opportunities. I lost the game 4:3, I played terribly. I fought until the end, but when you’re not doing well, it’s hard to change the dynamic and the result under these circumstances. On this kind of surface, against the best servers, and great players, it’s difficult. I can’t complain, I just have to accept what happened, which is that the opponent played better in key points. I congratulate him,” says Nadal and adds:

However, Rafa is aware that this situation is real after the injuries he has had this season.

“It was a difficult six months in every way. It should be accepted. When you look at all that, the fact that I’m here at all is positive. That is the most important thing. And when I say today, I mean the last few weeks on the field and what happened to me, it’s not a big surprise. However, it does not mean that I am not sad about the results, but it happens. You have to accept that my season for 2023 starts tomorrow. That’s all, the only thing I can do is to continue working, with everything I need to give myself a chance for 2023,” added Nadal.

” Yes, there are some positive things. I managed to play two tournaments in the last three weeks. That’s positive, I haven’t been able to do that for a while. I didn’t forget to play tennis, how to be mentally strong. It is necessary for all these positive sides to recover, for that strong psyche and mentality to work, for me to be at that desired level. I don’t know if I will reach it again, but what I have no doubt is that I will die if I have to,” Rafael Nadal concluded.


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