'Rafael Nadal to have Roger Federer record in the back of his mind', says analyst

Federer and Nadal have created one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the sport

by Simone Brugnoli
'Rafael Nadal to have Roger Federer record in the back of his mind', says analyst

Rafael Nadal is aware that he has a great chance at the Australian Open 2021, which will kick off on Monday in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Park. In the event of a second triumph in Melbourne Park after the one in 2009, the Spanish phenomenon would in fact reach 21 Grand Slams, beating eternal rival Roger Federer.

The latter will not take part in the Happy Slam for the first time in the last 23 editions, thanks to the imperfect condition of his knee. Rafa is also not at the top from a physical point of view, having to deal with a back pain that has not yet been completely resolved.

The world number 2 reiterated that he is not obsessed with records even in a recent interview on CNN: “I have done a lot more than I ever dreamed of in my career. It would be great to win a few more Grand Slams, but it's not the deciding factor for my happiness.

I keep doing it my way. If it happens it's fantastic, but if it doesn't, I'll still be proud of everything I've accomplished. " During an exclusive interview with Express Sport, his compatriot Alex Corretja expressed his opinion on the matter.

Corretja on Rafael Nadal

"Rafael Nadal knows for sure and I think the good thing with him is he deals with this kind of pressure," Eurosport pundit Alex Corretja told Express Sport. "He is used to dealing with situations where he needs to go for the 10th Roland Garros, he has to go and win Wimbledon and, he has done it.

He has won Davis Cup, Olympic golds, every time he finds a way to survive these kind of challenges. He definitely needs to have it in the back of his mind. There is no chance that he is not going to think [about Roger Federer's record] but the good thing with him is he knows how to deal with these types of situations day by day." With no tennis and an injury-filled quarantine, Nadal is struggling without any positivity.

He has been trying to practice, but all in vain. “All positive feelings that I had two weeks ago have disappeared…I have not been able to practice the right way”. What Nadal is suffering from is a lower back injury.

It was thought of as a niggle but has aggravated since then. A few days back, in a piece of good news for fans, Nadal was back on the tennis court practicing. But now it looks like he hasn’t made much progress with his back.

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