“Feeling Is Not Negative”: Rafael Nadal Reacts To Loss Against Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals 2020


Rafael Nadal

Amidst a lot of expectations and hopes, World number two Rafael Nadal is now rallying at the ATP Finals 2020. The Spaniard began this year’s O2 event with a stunning performance against Russian Andrey Rublev. Unfortunately, the Roland Garros Reigning lost his second match to Dominic Thiem on Tuesday. 

However, the twenty times Grand Slam winner feels positive after a straight-set(7-6, 7-6) lost against the US Open ruler. Nadal said in a post-match interview, “It was a great match of tennis decided by a few small details. Just well done to him.” Rafa also praised his opponent, “He(Thiem) played an amazing match, and I played well, too.”

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem

The Spaniard expressed, “My feeling is not negative. I lost, but I had plenty of chances in the first, and then I had a break up in the second. Just the only negative thing [is that] I was not able to convert some key points that made the biggest difference in the whole match.”

“I am Much More Confident Now With The Level”: Rafael Nadal 

Rafa is still in the race to reach semifinals in London. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his last round-robin match. Even though Nadal leads Greek in the head to head 5-1, he defeated defending champion in 2019 ATP Finals.

Rafael Nadal

Speaking about his chances at O2 after losing a crucial match Dominic Thiem, Spaniard said, “I hope to have my chances. I think I am much more confident now with the level of tennis that I am playing than a couple of days ago. So I have the chance to keep going, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

In conclusion, Nadal went on to say, “I don’t want to pretend to be arrogant at all, because I am not.”

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