Rafael Nadal lost his Wimbledon crown and his number one world ranking last week, with the Spaniard unable to land a third title at SW19 as Novak Djokovic’s amazing run for 2011 continued.
Nadal was second best for most of Sunday’s Wimbledon final and his four-set defeat was the latest in a long line of losses against the Serbian, with the French Open champion admitting that he needs to work on a way of beating Djokovic.
“When I was 100% to play, I lost against him five times,” said Nadal. “The rest of the year I won almost every match. So I’m doing things very well, but probably not against him. That’s what I have to change.
“Probably the mental part is a little bit dangerous for me, because when I was at 5-4 (in the first set), I played a bad game from 30-0. When I was 4-3 down in the fourth set, I played another bad game with my serve.
“To win these kind of matches, I have to play well (at those moments). These kind of points can change the match”.
The players will now focus on the American hard court season and the US Open odds suggest we are likely to see Nadal and Djokovic face each other in the final yet again.