World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has responded to Rafael Nadal's comments, claiming he is not obsessed with anything in life. Nadal, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, suggested that Djokovic is more focused about ending with the all-time Grand Slam record than he is.
"I enjoy what I am doing," Nadal told Metro UK. "I am happy playing tennis. I am happy about being here in Monte Carlo [where he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Andrey Rublev] to play a great event again and, of course, I want to win more Slams, yes.
No doubt about that. "But I never get – I mean, Novak is more obsessed about this, more focused…’ he pauses for a moment before quickly shaking his hand and head, adding: "Not in a negative way.
"No, he’s more focused on just these things and it means a lot to him all of this stuff. Like he’s always saying and talking about these records and well done for him… but it’s not my approach to my tennis career."
Djokovic insists he is not obsessed
"I don't know the way Nadal thinks, but it's his right to voice an opinion: how he sees me in regards to records etc. Personally, I don't feel that I'm obsessed with anything in life; what I feel is passion and huge desire," Djokovic told Sasa Ozmo.
In his interview with Metro UK, Nadal also said he has a "healthy ambition." "I have a healthy ambition," Nadal said. "Of course, I am ambitious, if not I would never be in the position I am today but I have probably a different kind of ambition than him, for example.
I just keep going, keep doing what I’m doing and just try to put myself in a position to keep enjoying the tour and, of course, try to achieve as much as possible. "I am super satisfied about the career I’m having.
Not today, I was super satisfied years ago already but I am not making a step back in motivation because of that. I don’t get frustrated if I am losing one tournament, I am trying to approach the thing in a different way."