At 34 years, Rafael Nadal feels no pressure of chasing the remaining tennis records and beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on that list at any cost. The 20-time Major winner is pleased with everything he has accomplished, never dreaming about achieving so much when he started his professional journey almost 20 years ago.
The Spaniard likes the competition and where he currently stands, setting eyes on that 21st Major but not presenting it as an ultimate goal. Rafa claimed the 20th Major trophy at Roland Garros last October, beating all seven rivals in straight sets and joining Roger Federer at the top of the GOAT race.
Nadal will kick off the new season at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open, his first chance of passing Roger and becoming the most successful player in history at Majors. "The world is suffering; we can't complain about the quarantine.
We can only say thanks to Tennis Australia, to the Australian community, to welcome us and to accept us to come because I know they have been under very strict measures for a lot of months. So, for us, it's good that we can at least keep playing tennis.
Rafael Nadal feels no pressure of chasing records.
You see how many are dying worldwide and losing their father, their mum, without having the chance to say goodbye. That's what's happening in my country. Close people to me are suffering this situation.
The records are important, I'm a competitor, but I've never been obsessed with trying to be the best. I did much more than what I ever dreamed of in my tennis career. It would be amazing for me to win one more and be the player with most Majors at the end of my career, but that's not the key to my happiness in the future.
It's not an obsession. We did beautiful things together and important things for our sport; we push each other to be better. To have somebody in front of you means he does many things better than you; it gives you a clear way about what you need to improve to achieve your goals.
I like what I'm doing; I like the competition. I know it's not forever. I'm in the last part of my career because I'm 34 and a half. I feel fortunate to be where I am today and keep doing what I'm doing. I accept that and say thanks to life for these great things that have happened to me," Rafael Nadal said.