Nadal accepts his Wimbledon fate


London : Rafael Nadal took his Wimbledon disappointment head-on, vowing to get on with his season after losing a dramatic final in five sets to Roger Federer here.

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"I played a very good level, playing against one of the best of the history in this surface," said the three-time French Open champion who had lost the title match here to the Swiss a year ago as well.

"I had two chances (40-15 lead on Federer serve in the final set) for a win. I can say nothing bad about my tournament. Today was a little bit disappointing because I have good chances.

"But I'm happy. Tomorrow I will be happy about my tournament and about my game," he said Sunday.

Nadal, who still holds a lead over Federer 8-5 in their career series, was bidding to become the first Spaniard since Manolo Santana in 1966 to lift the grass honour.

But the 21-year-old knows he has the game to make up ground on Federer, now a winner of five straight Wimbledon titles and level with the iconic Bjorn Borg, last to achieve the feat.

"It's not possible to compare with Roger, he has 11 Grand Slams, me three. But I'm young and improving every season.

"Today (Sunday) was tough for me, but at the same time, well, it's good to play a final like this against the best of the world on grass.

"I'm happy about my game and happy about my season right now. I have to continue."