PARIS: Rafael Nadal shrugged off his epic loss to Novak Djokovic insisting "life goes on" as the 13-time champion suffered just his third ever defeat in 108 matches in Paris over 16 years.
Nadal, the defending champion and chasing a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title, refused to dwell on the consequences of his 4-hour 11-minute loss.
"I am sad to have lost in the most important tournament of the year for me, but life goes on, it is nothing more than a defeat on a tennis court," said 35-year-old Nadal.
"If everything goes well, tomorrow I will be at home with my family and friends, and then we will see what is next."
Nadal said he plans to be back in 2022 although admitting that time is not on his side if he wants to re-establish his Paris dominance.
Had he made Sunday's championship match, he would have been the oldest Roland Garros finalist in the modern era.
"Although it is a very important tournament for me, I am aware that you cannot win it 15 or 16 times," he added. "Next year I will come again, God willing, with the belief and with the necessary work to be able to give myself another chance." Agencies