Defeats Create Doubts for Worried Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has suffered shock defeats in the recent weeks and admits that losses do force him to doubt his abilities and strengths.

updated: May 04, 2014 17:53 IST
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Madrid: World number one Rafael Nadal admitted shock defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in recent weeks have shaken his confidence as he looks to defend his Madrid Masters title this week.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion has appeared almost unbeatable once he hits the red clay of Europe in recent years, but comes into Madrid having lost at the Monte Carlo Masters for only the third time in his career and for the first time at the Barcelona Open since 2003. (Related: Rafael Nadal looking to dispel doubts in Madrid Masters)

"Losing always creates doubts, anyone who tells you the opposite is lying," he said on Sunday.

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