World No.1 Rafael Nadal spoke ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, saying he is not focused at overtaking Roger Federer’s record, further admitting it would be ‘amazing’ if he manages doing so.
“Happy to achieve these things, but I would love to have five years less," he said. “It has been a little bit of a magic year because it had been a good start, but then I went through a couple of very hard months in terms of injuries”.
He further added, "Then I came back and I came back well. I started to play at a very high level again. I enjoyed a lot of great moments on court, very emotional ones, Roland Garros, Rome, then New York, that final was amazing, and then of course ending the season with that Davis Cup title on home soil, so an unforgettable experience to finish that way."
Speaking about overtaking Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record, he said, I can't say yes because honestly I just work on my diary basis. I have to do my things the best way possible and then to just give myself chances to keep being competitive at the highest level possible.
"So if that happens, great, if not, I just gave my best all my career to be in the position that I am today. And obviously of course, increase the number of 20, or tying 20 would be something amazing, but I cannot complain at all”.
"I'm super happy the way I am having my tennis career, I gave my best all the time and I'm proud about the way I worked and the way I enjoyed the tennis during all these years. So I just really believe and hope that I can keep having the chance to keep going and keep having fun and keep giving myself chances to compete at the highest level."