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Rafael Nadal responds to Stefanos Tsitsipas verdict after Barcelona Open victory

Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the trophy after his victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their final match during day seven of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2021 at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 25, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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Rafael Nadal has responded to Stefanos Tsitsipas’ claims that the Spaniard despises being on the receiving end of a defeat more than anybody else in tennis. The 20-time Grand Slam winner admitted that he does not always hate losing matches.

Nadal overcame a strong performance from the Greek youngster to win the Barcelona Open for a record 12th time on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t hate losing,” clarified Nadal. “But, I like winning and competing more than anything else. I like to make an effort to try to achieve the objectives and, if I do not achieve them, to leave with the peace of mind that I have tried. If you don’t fight in a final, when do you fight?”

Sunday’s result will provide a welcome boost for Nadal as he prepares to defend his French Open title at Roland Garros.


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