Nadal reflects on 'hard' Dodig loss
World number two Rafael Nadal has reflected on his surprise second round exit at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Twitter.
Nadal, a new convert to the social networking site, told his 238,000 plus followers that Wednesday's defeat to Croatian Ivan Dodig was 'hard' for him to take as he felt he had played well.
Nadal certainly looked in charge of the match, after a one-sided opening set against Dodig which he won 6-1. The world number 41 Dodig then fired 19 aces past Nadal on his way to taking the next two sets on tie-breaks, twice coming from a break of serve behind in the deciding set, to win the match.
Dodig triumphed over the former world number one 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) for the most impressive win of his career so far.
"The defeat of yesterday was hard," Nadal tweeted.
"I believe that I did not play a bad match, but in the moments that it would have to won I did not do it well and Dodig yes.
"Tomorrow I will start the training sessions in Cincinati trying to improve. Thanks for your support."
The match was Nadal's first since relinquishing his Wimbledon title and top ranking to Novak Djokovic last month.
Meanwhile, Djokovic secured his 50th win of the year on Thursday with a 7-5 6-2 victory against Marin Cilic in Montreal to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.