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Nadal: Wimbledon loss to Djokovic was harder than Australia Open

Rafael Nadal believes that the 2019 Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic is easier to accept mentally than the Wimbledon semi-final he lost last year 10-8 in the fifth set.

In press conference, Nadal said: “In terms of mental pain, the Wimbledon semifinal is harder than this one.

“In the semifinals of Wimbledon, I was so close, and I was playing so well, having a lot of matches in a row, winning Roland Garros, playing so well on clay. I had that extra intensity in that moment. For me, was a big chance lost to win another Wimbledon.

“Tonight I didn’t have that chance. Is easier to forget, yes. In terms of personal satisfaction, I have a better personal satisfaction about the match of Wimbledon. But overall probably was more difficult to do the tournament that I did here than the tournament I did in Wimbledon, because in Wimbledon I came back after winning Roland Garros with big confidence, winning a lot on clay, winning a lot of matches.

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“Is much easier to play that well. If I am healthy, everybody knows I’m a good player on grass, no? I have better personal satisfaction because my two weeks here have been more difficult than what I did in Wimbledon. But about the personal match, that’s what happened, that’s all.”

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