Rafael Nadal says that numbers-wise Novak Djokovic is "indisputably" the best in tennis history and added he has no problems with acknowledging it. Last year, Nadal won back-to-back Major titles at the Australian Open and French Open to improve to 22 Grand Slams.
Since then, Djokovic has won four Slams - the Serb made it all the way at 2022 Wimbledon, as well as this year's Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Now, Djokovic owns the all-time Grand Slam record with 24 Grand Slams while Nadal has 22 and Roger Federer finished with 20.
Also this year, Djokovic set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot.
Nadal on Djokovic: He has better numbers than mine
"I believe that numbers are numbers and statistics are statistics, and in that sense, I think he has better numbers than mine and that is indisputable.
I don't drop any rings nor do I have an ego big enough to try to disguise a reality that is not. This is the truth. The rest are tastes, inspiration, feelings that one or the other may transmit to you, that you may like one or the other more.
I think that with respect to titles, Djokovic is the best in history and there is nothing to argue about that. Then, as always, everyone can combine the story as they wish, saying that I have suffered many injuries. Bad luck for me or bad luck that I had my body this way.
He has had another one and in some ways that is also part of the sport. I congratulate you for everything you are achieving and that does not cause me any type of frustration. I have said it when I was the one who won the most Slams, I said it when we were tied and I say it now that I am behind.
I am not going to be the one who tries, through a personal struggle, to want to be what I am not. What is, is and what is not, is not. I say this very satisfied with everything I have done," Nadal told Diario AS.
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