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Rafael Nadal accepts that he was not up to the mark in Madrid final

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Keywords: Mutua Madrid Open | Rafael-Nadal
Rafael Nadal accepts that he was not up to the mark in Madrid final
Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has accepted that he did not play anywhere near how well he wanted to play in the final of the Madrid Masters against Kei Nishikori on Sunday.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has admitted that he didn’t play as well as he would have liked in the final of the Madrid Masters yesterday. The Spaniard, who won after being a set down against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, was thoroughly outplayed in the first set and a half before Nishikori suffered from a back injury and failed to recover from the same.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion had lost the opening set 2-6 and was trailing 2-4 in the second before turning it around and winning 7 games on the trot. That seven game run was, however, aided by an unfortunate injury to the 24 year-old who’s movement was severely hampered following the injury.

Rafa hasn’t quite been himself on the dirt this year and had lost two out of his six matches in the European clay court season prior to yesterday’s match. Nonetheless, the now four-time Madrid champion had come through to the final without dropping a set and was the overwhelming favourite going in to the match.

After his win, the Spaniard tweeted the following message on his twitter profile.

“We don't always win the way we'd like. Happy for the award & grateful for the support! Playing in Madrid is a very special experience for me”

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Posted By anilkh92,   Posted about 1861 days and 4 hours ago

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hope he ups his level in time for french open....

Posted By bindra2010,   Posted about 1861 days and 19 hours ago

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It's an understatement, he was pathetic!

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