After the match, Nadal said he felt good physically and felt that he played a good match—but that Pouille was just a bit better.
"I need something else, I need something more that was not there today," Nadal said. "I going to keep working to try to find [it]."
Nadal later added: "When the opponent beat you, is not the time to find excuses mental or physical. Doesn't matter. The opponent was a little better than you. That's it."
He can start by trying to find a decent serve!
Spot on, Rafa!
Just like Federer, Nadal's chance of winning another slam gets thinner by every hour. I thought he had this one when he was leading 4-2 in the 5th. Quite incredible comeback from Pouille. Rafa can only blame it on father time, I think that's it.
I think a lot of people did too. I was expecting him to win it from that position as well. I even said after Pouille won the 3rd set to go up 2-1, that if Rafa won the 4th and forced a 5th set, he would surely win. I'm really surprised to see Rafa lose in a 5th set to someone not named Djokovic.
Really? So Fognini and Verdasco never happened?I think a lot of people did too. I was expecting him to win it from that position as well. I even said after Pouille won the 3rd set to go up 2-1, that if Rafa won the 4th and forced a 5th set, he would surely win. I'm really surprised to see Rafa lose in a 5th set to someone not named Djokovic.
In the passages of time, no one is invincible. I don't think it has to do with age mind you, as Rafa's fitness has always been out of this world. I just think people have figured him out now, and his style of play. Those awesome moonballs, that change the rotation of the earth when they strike the ground, don't cut is as much as they used too.
I'd say he has to stop feeling like he needs to overcompensate for time lost.
He was out on court yesterday practicing for three hours.
I think I understand why he did it, because he felt like he missed so much tennis.
But dude - you just spent 19 hours on court during the Olympics.
I know he's an obsessive perfectionist, but he has to learn there's such a word as "enough".
I think he didn't have enough in the tank for winners that wouldn't get past just anybody, but past Pouille playing at this level.
That dude was motivated. Yannick Noah was here to watch him. Tsonga, after his post-match interview, didn't leave the press box - just stayed there to watch the match on Ashe till the changeover, when he came in to sit next to Yannick Noah.
Some of those banana shots that get past even Novak -- Pouille got those back.
And I think Rafa would've had the extra punch for those shots if he'd called "enough" at somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours of practice yesterday.
Of course, I'm not the one who was out there; I'm just guessing.
But I do also know that usually the whole family -- we're talking Dad, both coaches, everybody -- doesn't show up in Rafa's box til the final. Not even in 2010.
And they were here from 1R, so I'm sure they were as confident as he was that he was going to win the whole thing.
Sometimes less is more.
man, respect to pouille but FK rafa missed that 4-2 chance in the fifth
actually can't believe he let that kind of lead slip just unreal especially more so because he's one of the most clutch players of all time
Yeah it makes me wonder where that 2010 US Open serve was? I mean why not employ that more frequently, because it clearly worked well for him that year. And with him getting up there in age, it would certainly behoove him to go for more to keep points shorter.
He needs a dignified retirement
Yeah it makes me wonder where that 2010 US Open serve was?
Times like this I realise that most of GPPD has never picked up a tennis racquet in their life.IMO, he bought the 2010 "wrist adjustment" in a bottle, and they're better at spotting such things these days. The Passport and "No mas Vamos (sic) starting shortly thereafter, coincidence? I think not.
I'm not dumping on anyone - but I think he should consider this as means to preserve his legacy. Remember Schumacher's comeback?Says the guy with the Dimitrov avatar despite the fact that Muzz just spanked him - at night, on Ashe, so bad that no less than Johnny Mac said "At least in chess you can lay your King down; you don't have to finish" - and sent him back to the minors.
Come on, now. We can all have our loyal fandoms, but that doesn't mean we have to dump on other players.
I'm not dumping on anyone - but I think he should consider this as means to preserve his legacy. Remember Schumacher's comeback?
Cool story - his academy means little to me - I was referring to his game on courtI don't know whether or not you're talking about Joel Schumacher , but --
you see this building plan?
Here's the building. Realized.
Here is Rafa standing on one of the walkways of the realized building.
That's "dignified" enough for me.
I don't have any kind of burning need to tell him what to do or not do.
And as long as he chooses to show up on court, I'll show up to watch it.
Cool story - his academy means little to me - I was referring to his game on court
Hahahaha - nice tryYou really sound kind of boneheaded right now if you don't understand the relationship between the two.
You can't even support your man through his losses -- you try to throw off your frustration by dumping on somebody else.
Shame, too -- I like Dimi's game, but he does have a tendency to crack under pressure.
Tuning you out now -- your integrity is looking like his W-L record this season.
While I don't like glory hunters myself either, the story with Rafa is a little different with Dimitrov.Hahahaha - nice try
Been supporting Grigor since 2009 - don't talk to me about loss management. 95% of Rafa fans on here are glory hunting fanbois who've gone in hiding since last year