On Wednesday night Spaniard Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the Australian Open when he was defeated in a quarterfinal match by countryman David Ferrer.
The World Number 1, Nadal, injured his left hamstring early in the match and played out the rest of the match under duress. He lost the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
In a press conference following the match Nadal said that he didn’t want to discuss his injury out of respect for his friend and compatriot, David Ferrer. Moreover, Nadal didn’t want to use his injury as an excuse for his defeat and he didn’t want there to be an image or perception of him as a ‘bad loser’.
I think Nadal was very gracious in defeat – he didn’t want to take anything away from his opposition even though he was clearly not at his best.