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Novak Djokovic has hit back at Rafael Nadal’s claim that he is ‘obsessed’ with personal records. The Serb and Nadal haven’t had the best relationship over the years.
They’ve won a combined 38 Grand Slam titles, and have been at the forefront of the sport for some time now. Nadal was asked about Djokovic’s desire to win more grand slams than any male player in history.
He said: “I mean, Novak is more obsessed about this, more focused. Not in a negative way. No, he’s more focused on just these things and it means a lot to him all of this stuff. Like he’s always saying and talking about these records and well done for him… but it’s not my approach to my tennis career.”
Djokovic was quick to respond: “Ever since I was a young player, I did not fear voicing my goals. I wanted to be number one and to win Slams. Of course, those goals are growing – when you fulfil one, another one appears.
“It is my path, and it is unique, just like Rafa’s. It is all a matter of perception and interpretation of what one says. I respect Rafa, probably more than any other player in the world; he is the biggest rival I had in my life.
“Everything he has achieved, his dedication to tennis and the way he goes about practicing and tennis in general, these traits of his are worthy of admiration. He knows what sources of motivation he has, I cannot go into that.”