Although he did not go as far as he may have liked, Rafael Nadal is still satisfied with his fortnight at SW19.
The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered a staggering upset to budding Australian talent Nick Kyrgios, who defeated the Spaniard in four sets to secure his spot in the quarter-final round of the tournament.
“I am satisfied the way that I played this Wimbledon,” said Nadal. “The surface here is dangerous and my draw was not easy. I have not played against easy players. Today my opponent decided to serve so big and play so aggressively from the baseline.”
Nadal shrugged off any consideration that his knee played a part in his loss, as he believes he was perfectly fit in that regard.
“This year I felt my knee was right to compete here. I think I competed well. [It] was not enough today, but that’s the sport,”
According to ATPWorldTour.com, Kyrgios is the first player outside the Top 100 to beat the World No. 1 since Andrei Olhovsky defeated Jim Courier in the 1996 Roland Garros first round. He is the first teenager to defeat a World No. 1 since Nadal beat Roger Federer in the 2005 Roland Garros semi-finals.
“I was not able to read [Kyrgios’] serve during the entire match,” said Nadal. “I was not able to put enough returns inside. In the tie-break he was able to serve better than me. That’s an advantage.
So what’s next for the world No. 1? A few weeks of relaxation on the beach in Mallorca before the start of the hard court season in North America.
“Congratulations to him. For me, I’m going to go to the beach in Mallorca,” Nadal continued. “[I’ll] have some weeks off with the great weather there, enjoying some holidays with family and friends.”