Rafael Nadal: 'Olympic rejection hard to take'

Nadal: 'Olympic rejection hard to take'
Rafael Nadal says that Madrid's failure to land to 2020 Olympics was a bitter pill to swallow.

Rafael Nadal has spoken of his surprise to hear that Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games came up short in Buenos Aires.

It is the third time in a row that the Spanish capital was confident of delivering the Games, only to be left heartbroken.

Nadal was questioned on the subject following his US Open semi-final victory over Richard Gasquet.

"It's tiring for all of us," Nadal told reporters. "All the country, all the city of Madrid worked a lot to have that chance, and for so many times already. So we feel that we deserve it.

"This one was hard for us. I was disappointed because we felt that we are in a good position, so when I heard that happened was surprise for me."

Nadal, who won singles gold in Beijing in 2008, will play world number one Novak Djokovic in Monday's US Open final at Flushing Meadows.

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