BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Nadal Talks Down Health Questions, Looks Ahead To Miami
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Defending champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal lost just his second match of the year on Monday night, at the hands of Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the BNP Paribas Open third round, but dismissed any talk about injury being a cause of his defeat.
“Forget about the back. I don't want to talk about the back anymore because my back is fine. The bad feelings were with my forehand and backhand,” he said, smiling in his post-match press conference.
The Spaniard, 41-6 lifetime in this first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year, could not turn things around when he was stretched to the limit by his 28th-seeded opponent, like he had done against Radek Stepanek on Saturday.
"I wanted to play very well here. I had good success in this tournament in the past, a tournament I always feel good about.
“When you are pushed to the limit, these things happen. You can lose. I lost today. Congratulations [Dolgopolov]. He played better than me. That's it. Life continues.“
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Nadal entered Indian Wells with a strong start to the season, picking up titles in Doha (d. Monfils) and Rio de Janeiro (d. Dolgopolov), and finishing runner-up to Stanislas Wawrinka in Melbourne.
“It's impossible to be in the final of a tournament every single week. I did it for the first three tournaments of the year that I played.
“Today was an accident. I lost.”
The 14-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion now looks ahead to Miami, where he will try for his first Key Biscayne trophy.
“I’m going to try to rest for a few days and be fresh mentally, and I hope to be ready for Miami,” said Nadal.