Spanish legend applauds Rafael Nadal's confession about Slam race with Novak Djokovic

This week, Nadal admitted he is not going to beat Djokovic's Slam record when he returns in 2024.

by Dzevad Mesic
Spanish legend applauds Rafael Nadal's confession about Slam race with Novak Djokovic
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2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero is applauding Rafael Nadal's honesty and publicly stating that he is not going to win more Grand Slams than Novak Djokovic when he returns to action. This week, 37-year-old Nadal announced he is just now fully certain that he will be able to play pro tennis again.

While Nadal was sidelined this year, Djokovic became the first-ever man to win 24 Grand Slams and he now has two more Slams than the Spaniard. "I am not going to win more Grand Slams than Djokovic, but I will give myself the opportunity to enjoy it again," Nadal said during a tennis clinic in Barcelona.

Ferrero applauds Nadal's honesty

Nadal, who had surgery on his psoas muscle in June, hasn't played since this year's Australian Open and in 2024 he will be returning to courts after being sidelined for an entire year. “He will surely return wanting to compete because he has a competitive animal inside him.

I see it as logical that he does not see himself competing with Djokovic or against the best right now because he has been out of competition for a long time and it is always difficult to get started," Ferrero told Marca.

Nadal may not be able to compete against Djokovic but Ferrero thinks the Spaniard could make some noise if he stays healthy and finds his rhythtm on the court. “But once he is on the track, his mentality of competing at his best will not change.

In the Australian Open that he won against Medvedev, it was thought that he had less chances and he won both tournaments. Those who are very, very good always come up with something different from the others and I wouldn't be surprised to see them at the highest level again.

How long? Whatever it takes for him physically, but I don't think he'll be satisfied with winning two matches," Ferrero said.

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