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Rafael Nadal choked up after losing the Australian Open (GIF)

Jan 24, 2014; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) gets treatment for a blister during his match against Roger Federer (SUI) on day twelve of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Nicolas Luttiau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Nadal did not win the Australian Open, instead that honor went to Stan Wawrinka. Nadal was fighing his way through painful back problems and was playing at less than 100 percent.

“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” Wawrinka said.

“I need to say many thanks to Stan, you really deserve it,” Nadal said. “Luck was against me today but you really deserve it.

“Last thing that I wanted to do was retire. I hate to do that, especially in a final. Same time, is tough to see yourself during the whole year you are working for a moment like this, and arrives the moment and you feel that you are not able to play at your best. ”

And Nadal doesn’t look to thrilled about finishing second, of course that could just be the back pain shining through. It looked like he had no interest in lingering around for an exchange at the net.

 

[h/t] CJ Zero

Topics: Australian Open

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