Defeated in his first two games in a Masters for the first time since 2009, Rafael Nadal, very bitter, was not necessarily surprised by his new poor performance at the end of the season clearly below his performance. . The Spanish champion knows he can find what he lacks today to find his best level. But without guarantee to achieve it, to hear it.
Rafael Nadal was already in doubt. His new defeat, Tuesday against Felix Auger-Aliassime when he had not lost his first two matches in a Masters since 2009, only accentuated this crisis which was already smoldering in the head of the champion, unrecognizable in this end of season. Admittedly, after having remained a long time without playing, the Mallorcan does not hide the fact that he expected to have trouble finding his best tennis. But not from there to accumulate defeats, as he has done in recent weeks. Nadal, however, recalled it well on Tuesday in front of the press after his new defeat, moreover still in two sets (6-3, 6-4): he is not particularly surprised to be only the shadow of himself. even now.
However, it is not because he was aware that he would again have difficulty in defeating his rivals that he lives well to have almost returned to the ranks in terms of results. “To experience what I have experienced in recent weeks on the courts, it is not a big surprise. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sadden me.”analyzed afterwards the one who can still mathematically hope to continue his journey and therefore continue to dream of his first title in a Masters, even if it would take a real miracle linked to a rather incredible combination of circumstances.
Nadal: ‘I’m going to die for this’
For the moment, beyond his (very meager) chances of qualifying, the Spaniard is above all concerned about this better level which he cannot find. Worse still: he knows that nothing allows him today to be certain of finding him one day. Even if he refuses not to believe it. “I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to play tennis or how to feel mentally strong enough. I just need to get those positive feelings back and all that confidence and that mentality to be where I want to be. I don’t know if I’m going to reach this level again, but what I’m sure is that I’m going to die for it. » However, as with dying on the court, Nadal seems to be finding it increasingly difficult to do so. So dying to reach that level might seem more and more difficult to him. Not to say impossible. The “Bull of Manacor” will be fixed very quickly.