Rafael Nadal, 34, has confessed that he would love to finish his career with the all-time Grand Slam record but underlines that he is not obsessed with that. Nadal, seeded at No. 2, defeated No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final to lift his 13th title at Roland Garros and equal Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.
"I never hide that for me, I always say the same, that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams. No doubt about that, no? But in the other hand I say, okay, I have to do my way," Nadal said in his press conference, per Max Gao.
"I’m not going to be thinking all the time Novak have this one, Roger is winning the other one. You can’t be always unhappy because your neighbour have a bigger house than you or a bigger boat or have a better phone.
You have to live your personal life, no?” "Personally that’s the things that I did during all my career, just try to follow my road, try my best every single day. In terms of these records, of course that I care.
I am a big fan of the history of sport in general. I respect a lot that”.
Nadal says it means a lot to share the record with Federer
"For me means a lot to share this number with Roger, no? But let’s see what's going on when we finish our careers.
We keep playing. I don’t know what can happen in the future. I am just excited & of course is something that means a lot to me," Nadal added. "At the same time [we] share this record between us, [the fact] that we had an amazing rivalry for such a long time, is something in some way beautiful I really believe.
Let’s see what is going on”. In last year's Australian Open final, Djokovic dropped just eight games en route to beating Nadal in the final at Melbourne Park. "As you know, I am not a big fan of revenges, no? I just accept when the things are not going the way that I like.
In Australia [last year], [Novak Djokovic] played amazing. For me was very difficult to play well because he played too good, just too good," Nadal insisted.