Nadal vows to keep working, resets goals after Open loss

Sun Sep 4, 2016 11:00pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal said he was sad to have squandered an opportunity to do something special at the U.S. Open with his fourth-round loss at Flushing Meadows, but happy with his effort and prospects going forward this season.

"I fight until the end," Nadal said about his 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) loss to 22-year-old Frenchman Lucas Pouille on Sunday. "There were things I could do better. I had the right attitude. I fought right up to the last ball.

"But I need something else, I need something more that was not there today. I going to keep working to try to find."

Nadal came back from more than two months of inaction due to a wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open and Wimbledon to compete last month at the Rio Olympics and won gold in doubles with Marc Lopez, and reached the singles semi-finals.

While he reports continued improvement in his left wrist, the 30-year-old Spaniard knows he still has a ways to go.

"Is true that I don't have lot of matches on my shoulders for the last three, four months, but even like this I lost an opportunity," Nadal said.

"I lost an opportunity to have a very good event here. I am sad for that.

"I need to keep improving the level of tennis to be back where I was before the injury."   Continued...

 
Sep 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Lucas Pouille of France (R) hugs Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) on day seven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Pouille won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6). Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports