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By Chris Oddo | Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Speaking to Spanish radio on Monday in Barcelona, Rafael Nadal said his most recent loss in Australia is taking longer than normal for him to get over.

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Rafael Nadal talked to COPE Radio in Barcelona on Monday, and says that while he is in good spirits, he is taking his loss in the Australian Open final a little bit harder than most.

"The soul is good,” Nadal said. “It wouldn't be right to say I was not well after all the things this life has given me. I am a person that takes losses very well, I always have been, and I really do not think about them anymore after a few hours. This time it's taking me a little more.” 

Nadal, who tweaked his back in the second set of the Australian Open final and went on to lose to Stan Wawrinka in four sets, says the experience of suffering an injury in such a crucial match was a horrible one for him. "I knew I had no chance of winning, but I had no intention of retiring. It was the worst hour and a half that I have spent on a tennis court," Nadal told Spanish radio on Monday.

Nadal, who was in Barcelona to be honored at the Mundo Deportivo Gala on Monday, says that he is unsure if he will be ready in time to participate in next week’s Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I am fine,” Nadal said. “I underwent another examination today and I have continued the same treatment since I returned from Melbourne. I have not yet hit the court or done any exercise, I have been resting and have tried to do the right rehabilitation so I can get back on court as soon as possible, and my goal is to do it on Thursday."

Nadal added that he will need to see how his recovery progresses on Thursday and Friday before deciding whether or not to make the trip to Argentina.

Translation: AAP


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