Rafa Nadal: ‘A bad night against someone who played very well’

Rafael Nadal He returned seven months later with two victories, but on the third he handed over his crown at the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, a tournament he has won nine times in his career.

The Spaniard, 34 years old and world No. 2, lost 6-2 and 7-5 to a rival whom he had beaten the previous nine times, the Argentine Diego schwartzman.

“You can pass. I had a bad night against someone who played very well. The attitude was correct, giving me opportunities, but it is impossible at this level, giving up the serve so many times, three in a row at the end, ”said Rafa Nadal after the defeat.

It occurs one week after Roland Garros open the main box. “My plans were to play here tomorrow. I guess I’m coming home, I don’t see many more exits. Time is limited but I will work to give myself the maximum possible opportunities ”, commented the Manacorí.

My plans were to play here tomorrow. I guess I’m coming home, I don’t see many more exits

“He has played a great game and I have not. He is one of the best in the world and when you play against these players, if you don’t play at your level the normal thing is to lose and that’s what has happened, ”Nadal insisted.

You can look for excuses but now is the time to accept it

“You can look for excuses but now is the time to accept it,” Nadal said about the long absence. The conditions didn’t help either, he pointed out: “It was more humid than other days, maybe because it was the day I played later. The conditions were heavier, the ball did not run as much ”.

He knows that “I need to compete, also improve my physique, play more long points. They are things that you take with the parties ”.