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Nadal: "The Last Four Months Were Great"

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Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal is taking comfort in his clay-clay season after losing Thursday at Wimbledon.

As he reflects on his second-round defeat at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal says that he will take comfort in his incredible run during the recent clay-court season.

Winning a record seventh Roland Garros and three other titles, including an eighth consecutive crown at Monte Carlo, Nadal said Thursday, “That's sport. You win, you lose. The last four months were great for me. It was probably one of the best four months of my career, playing unbelievable in the clay-court season.

“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”.

Although not hiding his disappointment at the loss, the two-time champion at The Championships said that going out in the second round was somewhat easier to accept than if he lost after a deep run.

“I am very, very disappointed. Sure, I’m not very happy. In the end is a second round match. It’s not the semifinals or the final, so that bothers [me] more, because then you feel that you had the chance to win the title,” said Nadal.

“I’m not going to say in the point of my career today the only thing that going to work for me is the victory, but more or less. So I was very far to win the tournament. I just was in the second round.  That's painful, because it’s always tough to lose.”

Nadal said that the defeat would have no bearing on his motivation to defend his Olympic gold medal next month at the All England Club.

“When you win, you have more confidence for the next tournaments. It’s not when you lose, you have more hunger to win the next. That's not the truth,” believes Nadal.  “When you are winning, you feel more confident, you feel, you [are] playing better. When you lose, the confidence is less for the next tournaments. That's for everybody. But seriously, it doesn't affect my motivation for the next tournament win or lose.”

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