Nadal: I lost, but wait till I play on clay

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RAFAEL Nadal bowed to a “super aggressive” Roger Federer for just the third time in nine grand slam finals last night, but warned of a return to his claycourt heroics.

Nadal, 30, emerged satisfied with his return from a left wrist injury despite failing to turn a 3-1 fifth-set lead over Federer into a second Australian Open and 15th overall grand slam title.

He still leads his Swiss rival 23-12 in career meetings and 9-3 in grand slam matches and will rise three spots to world No. 6 in today’s new rankings.

“I fought to try to have the trophy with me. I had some chances in the fifth with a break up, but (it) is true that after I had the break, he played very aggressive, hitting a lot of great shots.



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