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Rafael Nadal has revealed he is not obsessed with the desire to surpass Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record.
The Spanish professional has reached 19 Majors so far, while he could have a chance to win in his favorite tournament in less than a week. As he heads to Roland Garros, the 34-year-old has opened up on the competition and his Roger Federer’s record.
He told the press: “When you ask me about Roger Federer’s record, I always say the same.
“I made my entire career in my way and will keep doing that. I’m not obsessed with those 20 Major titles; I can’t always think about Roger or Novak Djokovic and our race for most Majors. I know journalists put a lot of attention on that.
I would love to finish my career on 25 Majors, but that’s unlikely to happen. I’m going to fight and create chances; we will see when I finish my career. I want to keep enjoying tennis, that’s all. If I’m playing on a high level, I’m a Major contender.
If not, it’s impossible to win it”. Nadal usually goes into the French Open full of confidence having won at least one or two titles on clay but, with the calendar completely rejigged this season, the 34-year-old will not be panicking.
“It’s a completely special year and unpredictable year. I’ll probably go back home and then let’s see what’s going on,” he said. “I did my job here [in Rome]. I did a couple of things well and other things bad.
That’s it. At least I played three matches. I fought until the end. But losing that many serves, you can’t expect to win a match, no? Something that I have to fix.I know how to do it. I’m going to keep working and keep practising with the right attitude and try to give me a chance to be ready.”