In an interview with a British media, Rafael Nadal considered that Novak Djokovic was more “obsessed” than him by the race for the titles of the Grand Slam. The Spaniard, like Roger Federer, has 20 and the Serbian 18. And the current world number one dreams of surpassing the record of his two rivals.
Will Novak Djokovic ever catch up with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and their 20 Grand Slams each? The Spaniard believes in any case that his Serbian rival is “obsessed with records”. “I want to win more Grand Slams, yes. No doubt about it. But Novak (Djokovic) is more obsessed with it, more focused,” the Mallorcan told the British daily. Subway. “Not in a negative way. But he’s more focused just on those things and that means a lot to him,” he continued, adding, “but that’s not my approach to my career” .
“I am going towards my goals and I have no problem verbalizing it”
Immediate response from the world number one: “Personally, I don’t feel obsessed with anything in life. What I feel is passion and immense desire. I am moving towards achieving my goals. and I never had a problem verbalizing it. I never had a problem saying, ‘I want to beat this record or achieve a certain goal’. I don’t know why that would be a bad thing, “a Novak Djokovic said Monday at a press conference on the sidelines of the Belgrade tournament.
Eliminated in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo on April 15, Novak Djokovic wants to be reassured this week, at home. Big favorite of the tournament, he will not be disoriented: it is there that he organized the very controversial Adria Tour last summer. It is also his brother Djordje who runs the tournament. Novak Djokovic will make his entry into the round of 16.
For his part, Rafael Nadal took the door to Monte-Carlo in the quarter-finals, eliminated by the future finalist Andrey Rublev. An early and surprising elimination for the Spaniard who won the Monegasque tournament 11 times and who had made this competition an important step in his preparation for Roland-Garros (May 24-June 13).
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet again in a few weeks on Parisian clay. They will respectively be looking for their 19th and 21st Grand Slam titles. We will then see who will be the most “obsessed” by the final outcome. Roger Federer will also be present to complete this magical trio. The Swiss indeed announced Sunday that he would be part of the game.