Nadal refused to blame the underlying injury for his defeat in his post-match press conference, before being asked by Italian tennis reporter Ubaldo Scanagatta whether "concentration on tennis life has been a bit different" since he married long-term girlfriend Mery Perello last month.
“Honestly, are you asking me this?" Nadal said. "Is a serious question or is a joke? Is it serious?"
Scanagatta replied that it was serious and tried to clarify but was then interrupted by Nadal.
"I am surprised. Is a big surprise for me you ask me this after I have been with the same girl for 15 years and having a very stable and normal life," Nadal added. "Doesn’t matter if you put a ring on your finger or not. In my personal way, I am a very normal guy. We move to Spanish, because that’s bulls***.”
The evening singles match sees defending champion Zverev take on debutant Tsitsipas.
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