There are more important things in life then a lost tennis match, Rafael Nadal said after his unexpected defeat to World No.100, Lukas Rosol, in Wimbledon’s second round.
“You arrive here, and a little bit of everything,” Nadal told the competition’s official website. “You play against an inspired opponent and I am out. That's all. It’s not a tragedy. It’s only a tennis match.”
“At the end, that's life. There [are] much more important things. Sure, I wanted to win, but I lost. That's it,” he added.
Rosol overcame a delay caused by poor light to top the Spanish star in a five-set thriller, 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4.
“For sure wasn't the best one for me, but that's what it is and [I]) accept that he came back and played unbelievable [in] the fifth,” Rafa stressed. “I was playing well in the fourth. I think I played a great fourth set. Sure the stop this time didn't help me. That's the sport. That's it.”
The Spaniard last bowed out of a major tournament so early seven years ago. The defeat also means that he’ll also concede his second ranking in the world to old foe Roger Federer.
“I'm sorry for Rafa, but today I was somewhere else and I'm really happy for this,” Rosol said. “Still I cannot find the words. I still can't believe it. It's like [a] dream for me.”
The 26-year-old Czech has reached the third round at a Grand Slam event for only the second time in his career.
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