In a recent interview with Metro, Rafael Nadal admits that he enjoys playing tennis. But when speaking about his rival Novak Djokovic, Spaniard said Serb is crazier about breaking and creating records.
“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,” Rafael Nadal confessed during the conversation.
“I Did Not Fear Voicing My Goals”, says Novak Djokovic
However, Djokovic is now competing at the Serbian Open 2021. During the training session, World No.1 responded to his rival Nadal’s words and questioned him, “Why would verbalise my goals be a bad thing?”
Serb continued, “I cannot speak on his behalf. I do not know how he thinks, but it is his right to voice an opinion: how he sees me regarding records, etc. Personally, I do not feel that I am obsessed with anything in life; what I feel are passion and huge desire.”
“I am going towards achieving my goals, and I have never had a problem verbalising them. Maybe someone cannot say something and then stick to it, but I never found it hard to say: ‘I want to break that record or reach a certain goal’. I do not know why that would be a bad thing, not just in terms of records, but anything, politics in tennis, for instance,” Djokovic added.
The 18-time Grand Slam also emphasised that he was never afraid about voicing his goals since childhood.
“Ever since I was a young player, I did not fear voicing my goals: I wanted to be number one and to win Slams. Of course, those goals are growing – when you fulfil one, another one appears. It is my path, and it is unique, just like Rafa’s,” Serbian concluded.