Rafael Nadal: 'I cannot say my rivalry with Novak Djokovic is great'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I cannot say my rivalry with Novak Djokovic is great'

Rafael Nadal is always humble when he speaks to press, and his latest quotes about rivalry with Novak Djokovic proved it once again. They have faced each other 52 times, making it the most "repeated" clash in the Open Era.

'I cannot analyze that because I am part of it,' said Nadal. 'Well, imagine if I come here and say that's fantastic for tennis. Would be very arrogant from my part, no? You can create your own opinion and will be great.

If you think is terrible, if you think is good... For me is always the same: having great players in front push you to improve always your level of work, your level of tennis, and your level of trying to improve all the time.

That's it.' Analyzing his season so far, Nadal added: 'I lost two matches. Well, I retired in Australia. Happened when I was playing that quarter-final, what happened about the injury. Then after that, this is my second loss of the year, playing a lot of matches, playing well almost all the time.

I think I did a great work. It is difficult to come back after injuries for a long time and have these kinds of results, so I am proud of myself.' Djokovic defeated Nadal for the first time since the 2016 Rome quarter-finals.

The 32-year-old had won the most two recent meetings, 2017 Madrid and 2018 Rome, on clay. On Twitter, Nadal congratulated Djokovic for the Wimbledon win and said he will now enjoy some holidays before preparing for the North American hard-court season.

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