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Nadal says not obsessed about Federer's record

Nadal says not obsessed about Federer's record

Rafael Nadal took sole ownership of one record when he claimed a 12th French Open title on Sunday (June 9) but says matching Roger Federer's haul of 20 Grand Slams will not become an obsession.

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Nadal says not obsessed about Federer's record

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 9, 2019) (FFT - NO RESALES) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION, RAFAEL NADAL, SAYING ABOUT CHASING ROGER FEDERER'S RECORD 20 GRAND SLAM WINS: "Of course we push each other but I lost I think around 15 or even more Grand Slams in my career for injuries so, I mean, is difficult but being honest I never complain myself much and I never try to think about how I want to catch Roger (Federer) or not.

Honestly, I am not very worried about this stuff.

You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden that's not the way that I see life and 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 more Grand Slams and be closer to Roger will be unbelievable.

If not, still unbelievable.

And, today, the last thing that I though before you asked me that is about this thing.

For me, win Roland Garros, feel myself enjoying again on court that's the main thing.

What can happen in future we will see.

I'm going to try my best to keep enjoying tennis, keep giving myself chances to compete at the highest level and let's see what's going on." STORY: Rafael Nadal took sole ownership of one record when he claimed a 12th French Open title on Sunday (June 9) but says matching Roger Federer's haul of 20 Grand Slams will not become an obsession.

The Spaniard once again showed he is invincible on the Parisian clay as he beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 on his favourite Court Philippe Chatrier.

No other player has won the same Grand Slam title as many times as his dozen at Roland Garros, Sunday's triumph taking him past Margaret Court's 11 Australian Open titles.

It was pointed out to the 33-year-old Spaniard a few hours after he walked off court that he is now just two behind 37-year-old Federer's record haul, with time on his side.

Nadal, however, was content to enjoy the moment.

"Being honest, I am not very worried about this stuff, no?" Nadal told reporters.

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

That's not the way that I see the life, you know." Nadal has suffered more injuries throughout his career than Federer and Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, who is third on the all-time list of major winners with 15.

Even this season he has been plagued with knee injuries, being forced out of his Indian Wells semi-final with Federer before withdrawing from Miami.

His knees were still bothering him as his happiest hunting season began on the European claycourts he has owned.

Watching him repel the swashbuckling Thiem on Sunday with the kind of intensity and sheer willpower that has marked his career, it was hard to believe that just a few weeks ago in Barcelona he was suffering a crisis of confidence.

Thiem beat him in straight sets in Barcelona and Nadal said it was at that tournament he realised he needed to change his mentality.



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