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Nadal says fatigue not a factor

(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-11-30 08:13
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Rafael Nadal refused to use fatigue as an excuse on Sunday after his incredible year ended in defeat by Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The 24-year-old world No 1 played one of the matches of the year to battle past Andy Murray in a three-hour semifinal, but he found Federer in sensational form as he went down 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour 37, minutes.

"I think is not the right moment to talk about that," Nadal said when asked if he was suffering physically against the 16-times Grand Slam champion.

"The thing is everybody saw the match yesterday, so everybody's free to think his own opinion.

"But I'm not going to say I lost the match because I was tired. What I'm going to say and what I feel is I lost the match because I played against a very good Roger Federer on one of his favorite surfaces. When he's playing like this, it's very difficult to stop him. I had chances, but not enough."

Nadal says fatigue not a factor

Rather than dwell on his defeat, Nadal preferred to look back on a year he described as the most "emotional" of his career.

After going 11 months without a title, he returned to form in Monte Carlo in the Spring, winning on the Riviera clay for a sixth consecutive year, and the confidence flooded back.

From then on he was virtually unstoppable, winning the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back for a second time and completing his career Grand Slam by winning the US Open.

It was all a stark contrast to 12 months ago at the London finale when he failed to win a set in three matches.

"This was a fantastic week for me," Nadal said. "Beating four top-eight players in the same week on a difficult surface for me. I think that's never happened in the past."


(China Daily 11/30/2010 page23)