Spain’s Rafal Nadal wore a beautiful smile despite losing an epic Australian Open Final lasting 5 hours and 53 minutes. At 2am in Melbourne he addressed the packed arena by saying with great humour: “Good morning! First I would like to congratulate him (Djokovic). I thank the ball boys, the umpires, the sponsors and the fans. I will never forget this game even though I lost it.”
The MC then said – said: “Thank you Rafa Nadal – who leaves here a winner.”
The champion, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic then spoke: “Rafa you are one of the best players ever and on tour. We made history tonight. Unfortunately there couldn’t be two winners tonight but I wish you all the best for this season and I hope that we have many more matches like this, many more finals.”
Then both ushered each other to go first when stepping down off the podium.
“Two charming speeches” said the BBC.
“Two truly Great Sportsmanship Ambassadors” says The Great Sportsmanship Programme.