Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer, Djokovic and me did beautiful things together and...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer, Djokovic and me did beautiful things together and...'

Rafael Nadal showed good condition on the eve of the ATP Cup and especially the Australian Open. The Spanish phenomenon has in fact beaten Dominic Thiem in the performance held in Adelaide in recent days, even if we will have to wait for the official commitments to test the Majorcan's state of form.

The 34-year-old from Manacor will be on the hunt for his second title at Melbourne Park after that of 2009, which would also allow him to overtake eternal rival Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The former world number 1 took advantage of the very difficult 2020 to win yet another Roland Garros, moreover without giving up even a set along the way.

Rafa demolished Novak Djokovic in the final, redeeming the blow he suffered at the hands of the Serbian in the last act of the Australian Open 2019. In a long interview with Christiane Amanpour for CNN, Nadal touched on various topics related to tennis and his private life.

During the conversation, the Iberian also dwelt on the strange routines that have characterized him for many years now.

Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

“The records are important, I’m a competitor, but I’ve never been obsessed with trying to be the best,” said Rafael Nadal, No.

2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. "I did much more than what I ever dreamed in my tennis career. It would be amazing for me to win one more and to be at the end of my career to be the player with more Grand Slams, but that’s not the key for my happiness in the future.

It’s not an obsession”. The Spaniard said that he had good relationships with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have motivated him to excel. “We did beautiful things together and important things for our sport," he said.

"We push each other to be better. To have somebody in front of you that's doing a lot of things better than you, it gives you a clear way about what you need to improve to achieve your goals." Nadal said he looked at the big picture regarding the pandemic and credited Australia for providing a model for combating with the virus.

“The world is suffering, we can’t complain,” he said. "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."