Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal says he is super happy with the way his career has gone and wants to focus on enjoying tennis and his own results rather than on how many slams his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic win.
Rafael Nadal says he wants to keep enjoying tennis
The World No. 2 has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career - one behind Roger Federer, who has the record of 20 Grand Slams and two behind Novak Djokovic, who has 17 Grand Slams.
Speaking with Sue Barker on an interview with BBC Sport, Nadal was asked about the chase for the record of most number of Grand Slams. "I say thousands of times now, I do my way. I am super happy with how my career has evolved all these years.
I can’t go crazy thinking about 20th or I don’t know if Novak is winning more. I just try to do my way. I just try to keep enjoying tennis. Of course I will love to finish my career with 25 if possible! (laughs). But my feeling is it's important that over-ambition can be very negative.
I just try to follow my route, my way. I hope to keep produce myself opportunities in the next couple of years”. Nadal has confirmed that he will play the Madrid Masters in Spain on clay, which starts one day after the US Open in New York.
This is a likely indication that he will also play the French Open in Paris.The Mutua Madrid Open was not held as originally scheduled due to the pandemic, and it is currently set to begin on 13 September at the Caja Magica.
The Spaniard has not made a public announcement on whether he would play the US Open in New York in late August. Besides winning 19 Grand Slam singles titles, Nadal has also won a record 35 ATP Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.
The Spaniard has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times. Rafael Nadal has also won a record 12 French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open titles.