The legendary Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has come up with a bold statement while talking about the importance of the Grand Slam wins for one of his iconic rivals on the court, Novak Djokovic. Nadal feels that Djokovic breathes every bit quite intensely when it’s about the record of winning the highest number of majors.
Notably, the Serb veteran recently won the US Open 2023 after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final of the tournament. It was also a repeat of the US Open 2021 final where Djokovic and Medvedev met in the title clash but the former couldn’t go past the Russian star in 2021. However, the World No. 1 turned the tables when he met Medvedev for the second time after the 2021 final in the summit clash of the US Open 2023.
“He lives everything more intensely and that’s why he’s the best.” – Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic
Speaking of Nadal, he has been surpassed by Djokovic in the list of highest Grand Slam winners after clinching various titles in 2023 so far, including the likes of the Australian Open, French Open, and the recently concluded US Open.
“I’m not frustrated for a simple reason. I believe that, within my means, I have done everything possible to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible for me. Novak could be frustrated because he lives everything more intensely and that’s why he’s the best,” said Nadal to Moviestar Plus.
“I have been one of the most inactive players on the circuit for many years. I’ve missed four and a half years of Grand Slams. That’s what the sport is all about. Djokovic is also more successful because he has had a level of fitness/physique that has allowed him to play more than me,” he added later.
Furthermore, Rafa also spoke about the possibilities of his comeback on the court, he said that there are no chances in the near future of him making a return to the French Open or Australian Open.
“I would like to play again, to be competitive. But I’m not expecting to come back and win Roland Garros or Australia so that people are not disoriented. The 2024 Olympics in Paris would be a nice end to my career if I feel good. My schedule can change if I feel I can have a chance to win at Roland Garros,” Nadal said.