“It ranks right at the top“
Nadal was proud of his run to the final, having not played since the US Open because of a knee injury and having undergone foot surgery in December. The Spaniard said he was probably lacking a few miles in his legs but is confident he will be at full speed within a couple of months.
“In my opinion, it is all about having the chance to increase that step of intensity,” he said. “Probably I was not able to make that happen tonight. But I have the confidence that I did a lot of things well this tournament. I have the confidence that I will reach this extra level of intensity in the future if I am able to practice well. I believe that I can be ready in a couple of months if I am able to keep practicing and to keep competing at that level.”
Djokovic said it was as good as he’s played in a grand slam final. “It ranks right at the top,” he said. “Under the circumstances, playing against Nadal, such an important match, yeah, I mean, it's amazing.
“In back-to-back semi-finals and finals, I think I made 15 unforced errors in total in two matches. It's quite pleasantly surprising to myself, as well, even though I always believe I can play this way, visualize myself playing this way. At this level, as I said, under the circumstances, it was truly a perfect match.”