João Sousa said that he was eliminated at Wimbledon thanks to the Spaniard playing an “incredible match” at the All England Club.

“There is not much to say, Rafa did very well, and played an incredible match and demonstrated why he is one of the best players in the world today and in the history of tennis. Today he was a demolisher and completely annihilated my weapons with his play,” said Sousa following his 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 defeat against Nadal.

In addition to noting that the two-time Wimbledon champion (2008 and 2010) “was very comfortable playing and had studied his tactics very well,” the Portuguese number 1 and 69th in the ATP rankings, confessed to not being able to “do anything”, to halt Nadals progress in the tournament.

“Without this being an excuse, I would like to have been a little better physically, because I could have given some more fight. But he was faultless, he played an incredible match and I can only congratulate him and wish him the best for the rest of the tournament. If he continues playing like that, he has a good chance of winning the tournament, “said Sousa.

Despite the defeat, the impressive run of Sousa makes him the first Portuguese player to compete in the last 16 of Wimbledon.

“I am very happy to have made it again to the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, to have returned to a good level, to have had good matches and to have made history. It is always good to leave the name of Portugal in the history of tennis. I am very proud,” he said.

For his part, Rafael Nadal was pleased with his win over the Portuguese player, who he knows well and with whom he often trains, especially in the pre-season.

“I think it was a solid match, although my service did not work as well as two days ago. But in all other respects, it went rather well. Lots of positive things, good right, good left, varying the pace with some slices and also good volleys. I’m happy with the win,” Nadal concluded.