Rafael Nadal after the loss to Frances Tiafoe: “I need to fix things, life.."
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Rafael Nadal surprised tennis fans after a shocking elimination in the 4th round of the Us Open by Frances Tiafoe. Nadal will take a break after everything, and this left a big mark on him. “I need to fix things, life, then I don't know when I'm going to come back,” said Nadal, as quoted by eurosport.com
“I going to try to be ready mentally.
When I feel that I will be ready to compete again, I will be there.
Of course, this was not the ideal preparation for me. But in other cases it went the right way, even with not the perfect preparation, no? We can't find excuses.
We need to be enough [of a] critic with myself. That's the only way to improve or that's the only way that I understand you are able to find solutions.
I have been practising well the week before, honestly. But then when the competition start, my level went down.
That's the true. For some reason, I don't know, mental issues in terms of a lot of things happened the last couple of months. Maybe...but doesn't matter.
At the end the only thing that happened is we went to the fourth round of the US Open and I faced a player that was better than me.
And that's why I am having a plane back home”.
Rafael Nadal and his mistakes
Nadal is aware of his mistakes and flaws that he had during the match. “The difference is easy: I played a bad match and he played a good match,”he said.
“At the end that's it, no? I was not able to hold a high level of tennis for a long time. I was not enough quick on my movements. He was able to take the ball too many times very early, so I was not able to push him back.
Yeah, tennis is a sport of position a lot of times, no? If not, you need to be very, very quick and very young.
I am not in that moment anymore. My shots needs to be better." He acknowledged the superiority of his opponent, and it must also be admitted that the Frenchman was truly fantastic. "In some way my understanding of the game and the quality of my shots were not enough good, were poor, I think I have to say today, because I was not able to create that much on him. Well done for him. He was better than me”.