Gill Gross has given a warning to Rafael Nadal, following the Spaniard's words in an interview with Movistar last week. Nadal had addressed various topics, from his recovery to his ambitions for the future. The focus then irremediably shifted to Novak Djokovic, who this season first caught up with him, and then surpassed him in the calculation of Slam titles.
The statement that really aroused controversy, especially among the Serbian's fans, was this: "I am not frustrated for a simple reason. I believe I have done everything possible, within the limits of my possibilities, to make things happen for me went as well as possible.
Novak might be frustrated because he experiences everything more intensely and that's why he's the best." With these words, Nadal obviously alluded to the Serbian champion, who, according to the Spaniard, achieved everything he won because he is truly obsessed with records.
But then there was no shortage of compliments to the 24-time Slam champion: "I believe that numbers are numbers and statistics are statistics, and in this sense I think that he has better numbers than me and this is indisputable.
I think that as far as titles are concerned, Djokovic is the best in history and there is nothing to discuss about this. I congratulate Novak for everything he is achieving and this does not cause me any kind of frustration.
I said it when I was the one who won the most Slams, I said it when we were tied and I say it now that I'm behind. I will not be the one who seeks, through personal struggle, to want to be what I am not."
Gill Gross's analysis
Gill Gross, tennis analyst, speaking on the Monday Match Analysis podcast, linked to the Spaniard's statements, saying: "The final part should have been omitted because he shouldn't be speaking on behalf of Novak.
It's something that Novak can communicate from only and maybe it's true, maybe not, but it's not up to Rafa to say: this is how Novak would have felt if this had happened, right?”
However, he then added that the comments, even offensive, that were unleashed after his statements were excessive: "I think that the emotions and toxicity that were unleashed when this quote was discussed were completely useless, considering the fact that if what Rafa said about Novak was true, it wouldn't have been a big deal. Honestly, it shouldn't be taken as an insult or a shock."
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