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Rafael Nadal hits back at journalist who questioned whether his recent wedding affected him

 

Rafael Nadal was defiant in his response to a journalist who questioned whether his recent wedding affected him in his surprise ATP Finals defeat by calling it ‘bulls***’.

Nadal was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Alexander Zverev in his opening match of the group stage of the London tournament on Monday.

World No 1 Nadal married longtime partner Xisca Perello in Mallorca last month and was angry that a reporter suggested his performance against Zverev could have been affected by that.

Rafa Nadal was defiant in response to reporter who questioned whether wedding affected him

Rafa Nadal was defiant in response to reporter who questioned whether wedding affected him

Rafael Nadal married Xisca Perello before turning his focus back to his packed tennis schedule

Rafael Nadal married Xisca Perello before turning his focus back to his packed tennis schedule

‘I’m surprised I’m asked this after I’ve been with the same girl for 15 years and having a very stable and normal life,’ Nadal said.

‘It doesn’t matter if you put a ring on your finger or not. In my personal way, I’m a very normal guy.

‘Let’s move to Spanish (questions) because that’s bulls***.

‘I’m disappointed about my competitive spirit, because I wasn’t able to bring the game to that moment that I needed it. There are no excuses. He was much better than me.’

Nadal faces Daniil Medvedev next at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

Nadal was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Alexander Zverev in his opening match of ATP Finals on Monday

Nadal was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Alexander Zverev in his opening match of ATP Finals on Monday

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