No sad song for Nadal despite tough defeat
Rafael Nadal said he would take inspiration from his titanic five-set Australian Open final defeat to Roger Federer on Sunday and hoped it meant a strong season ahead.
Nadal fought to the end of an epic match decided by a Hawk-Eye challenge in Federer's favour to end the three-hour, 38-minute struggle on Rod Laver Arena.
Like Federer, the Spanish warrior is coming back from an injury-hit season last year and was a surprise finalist, helped by six-time winner Novak Djokovic's exit from his side of the draw.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion said his overriding emotion was not one of sadness, but motivation to keep working hard to recapture his best form.
"Today I am enjoying the sport. Last year I only had the chance to enjoy the sport between Indian Wells and Madrid (March to May), because in Madrid I got injured in quarter-finals," he told reporters.
"That's the real feeling... more than titles, for sure I believe that I am going to win titles.