Rafael Nadal has revealed that he’ll take no particular satisfaction in matching Roger Federer‘s Grand Slam report of 19 ought to he ever be capable to attain that milestone. The Spaniard gained two Grand Slams in 2017 to take his tally to 16 however was matched by the Swiss ace to increase the hole to a few.
Nadal went on to win six titles in 2017, which included two Grand Slams – the French and the US Open – and confirmed his place as the year-end world number one for the fourth time in his profession. This season has been one to cherish for Nadal, his finest after 2013, when he gained 10 titles and he’ll look to hold his kind into 2018 as he faces a sterner check with a number of huge hitters returning to the fray.
Compared, Federer began the yr by defeating Nadal within the closing of the Australian Open and went on to win seven titles, together with Wimbledon. Federer is predicted to take the courtroom once more by storm within the coming yr, having had a disappointing finish to 2017 as he misplaced the ATP World Finals to David Goffin within the semi-finals.
Nevertheless, Nadal is just not giving an excessive amount of thought to the prospect of matching Federer’s Grand Slam tally.
“At Grand Slam degree I would not say so; he nonetheless has three extra, which is loads. It is not one thing I take into consideration anyway. I am proud of what I am doing and if issues go effectively and that chance presents itself, then nice. However once I dangle up the rackets having overtaken Roger, if it occurs, will not give me extra satisfaction in my profession,” Nadal told Spanish paper AS when requested about the opportunity of bettering Federer’s report.
Nadal went on so as to add that he doesn’t see himself taking part in on the similar age as Federer however is open to the likelihood if his health and motivation permit. The Spaniard will flip 32 in June subsequent yr whereas Federer will have fun his 37th birthday in August.
“I am not fascinated by that. Everybody has their path and they’re all completely different. I believe that what is sweet for one individual is not essentially good for another person. I am 31 and the 37th birthday Federer goes to have fun for me is a good distance off,” Nadal added.
“And proper now I can not see myself taking part in on the similar age as Federer. However you by no means know, as a result of it is all all the way down to health, having the keenness to hold on taking part in and being ready to take action.”