Rafael Nadal says Australian Open final was his worst experience

Rafael Nadal struggled with back pain and a blistered hand against Stanislas Wawrinka. Despite pulling back a set, Nadal eventually lost the title clash.

updated: February 05, 2014 11:42 IST
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Madrid: Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal said the Australian Open final, which he lost to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, was "the worst hour and a half" he ever spent on a tennis court.

The 27-year-old Nadal, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, said in an interview with the COPE radio network that he planned to return to Davis Cup action to try to help keep Spain in the World Group of tennis' premier international team competition.

"I knew I had no chance of winning (the Australian Open final), but I had no intention of retiring. It was the worst hour and a half that I have spent on a tennis court," Nadal told the Spanish radio network Monday night. (Related: Devastated Nadal says injury made win impossible in Aus Open final)

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