Rafael Nadal had a short interview with ESPN Mexico during his stay in Cancun to open his new tennis centre. The Spaniard was asked if he thinks that he will break Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles record. "I hope so", said Nadal.
Analyzing his Australian Open run that ended losing to Novak Djokovic in the final, the 32-year-old added: "It had been four months without competing, I had a good run then in the final I faced a better player than me and I missed several things: rhythm, competing with suffering before the final which I had not done since the last year's US Open - I won matches in a comfortable way throughout the whole Australian Open - and I was not prepared to face such a big match."
Asked if he thinks he is the best Spanish sportsman of all time, Nadal replied: "There are a lot of guys. I am aware I am in a privileged group but there are also other people who did well." Nadal also spoke about his project with his Academy: "We try to do things in the best possible way for all the people who want to spend a few days or a week here helping them to grow on a professional level.
I will try to be here every year, I have a small room for it in terms of schedule and maybe get more involved in the future. Mexico was a natural destiny, I have been going here for many years and the opportunity to come here excited us.
We have a great relationship with people. It's a great place." Is his rivalry with Roger Federer the best in history? "It's not up to me to tell it." Will the results achieved by the Big Three players - himself, Federer and Novak Djokovic - equalled in the future by other guys? "Difficult, because an era featuring a lot of titles for many years have been marked. But if others did it, others may overcome it.'