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Monday, 10 June 2019

Why Rafa is not 'very worried' about Roger record


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Rafael Nadal created tennis history with his French Open final win over Dominic Thiem, becoming the first man to win a single Grand Slam 12 times, but there is one record alluding him.

Nadal's 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 win over the gallant Austrian was his 18th career Grand Slam win, drawing him closer to Swiss maestro Roger Federer's tally of 20.

However, while many tennis fans have endlessly compared the two over their illustrious careers, Nadal admitted that he wasn't "very worried" about catching his rival.

"You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden," the Spaniard told reporters after the win.

"That's not the way I see life, you know. I just try to do my way.

"I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me. And if, at the end of my career, I am able to win a couple of more grand slams and be closer to Roger, will be unbelievable. If not, for me, still unbelievable, no?"

After suffering through a number of injuries in recent years, both Federer and Nadal have rediscovered some of their best form.

The trio of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic, who was beaten by Thiem in this year's semi-final, have won the last 10 majors available.

Rafael Nadal Roger Federer

Despite disposing over the Austrian, Nadal was effusive in his praise for Thiem and predicted a bright future for the 25-year-old.

"I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well," he said.

"But he has every chance in the future. He has unbelievable talent for the sport and I want to encourage him for the future.

"It’s a dream to win again, an incredible moment. When I first played here in 2005 I never thought I would be still playing here in 2019. It’s very special for me."

Rafael Nadal created tennis history with his French Open final win over Dominic Thiem, becoming the first man to win a single Grand Slam 12 times, but there is one record alluding him.

Nadal's 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 win over the gallant Austrian was his 18th career Grand Slam win, drawing him closer to Swiss maestro Roger Federer's tally of 20.

However, while many tennis fans have endlessly compared the two over their illustrious careers, Nadal admitted that he wasn't "very worried" about catching his rival.

"You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden," the Spaniard told reporters after the win.

"That's not the way I see life, you know. I just try to do my way.

"I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me. And if, at the end of my career, I am able to win a couple of more grand slams and be closer to Roger, will be unbelievable. If not, for me, still unbelievable, no?"

After suffering through a number of injuries in recent years, both Federer and Nadal have rediscovered some of their best form.

The trio of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic, who was beaten by Thiem in this year's semi-final, have won the last 10 majors available.

Rafael Nadal Roger Federer

Despite disposing over the Austrian, Nadal was effusive in his praise for Thiem and predicted a bright future for the 25-year-old.

"I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well," he said.

"But he has every chance in the future. He has unbelievable talent for the sport and I want to encourage him for the future.

"It’s a dream to win again, an incredible moment. When I first played here in 2005 I never thought I would be still playing here in 2019. It’s very special for me."

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