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Rafael Nadal insists he remains motivated to win titles. The Spanish star, whose back problems continue to improve at the Australian Open beat No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.
“I play tennis,” said Nadal. “I like tennis. I like what I am doing. That’s the main thing. Of course, I am very motivated to win Grand Slams and to play in the most important events of the year. No doubt about that… [But] I have never been obsessed [with] trying to be the best. I just do [it] my way. That’s worked for me.
“I think ambition is important, to have an ambition, but a healthy ambition. If you have too much ambition, then you can be frustrated when you are not able to achieve all the things that you wanted. I never approached the sport and my career that way.”
The Spanish star reached his 43rd Grand Slam Championship quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.