Rafael Nadal says rival Novak Djokovic is ‘obsessed’ with winning the Grand Slam race, much more so than he is.
Nadal and Djokovic, along with Roger Federer, have been embroiled in a battle to finish their careers with more Grand Slam titles than anyone in history.
Currently, Nadal and Federer lead the race with 20 a piece, but Djokovic is closing in on them and just two behind after winning the Australian Open.
But while Djokovic has been vocal about his ambitions to take that record for himself, Nadal says he sees things very differently.
“I am happy playing tennis,” Nadal said ahead of the Barcelona Open. “Of course, I want to win more Slams, yes. No doubt about that.
“But I never get – 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. I have a healthy ambition.
“Of course, I am ambitious, if not I would never be in the position I am today but I have probably a different kind of ambition than him, for example.
“I just keep going, keep doing what I’m doing and just try to put myself in a position to keep enjoying the tour and, of course, try to achieve as much as possible.
“I am super satisfied about the career I’m having. Not today, I was super satisfied years ago already but I am not making a step back in motivation because of that.
“I don’t get frustrated if I am losing one tournament, I am trying to approach the thing in a different way.”
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