World No.3 Roger Federer stands only one Grand Slam title ahead of Rafael Nadal as his all-time major record stand in danger after the latter claimed his 19th Grand Slam title at the US Open 2019 last week. However, the Swiss maestro believes that no one can take away his moments when he broke the all-time Grand Slam record of Pete Sampras.
In an interview with the Blick, Roger Federer explained, “I know, I had my moments. The moments, where I broke the records. Nobody can take those moments away from me. If others experience the same moments, I‘m happy for them.”
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will partner for the Team Europe at the 2019 Laver Cup, which is scheduled to start from September 20. The 38-year-old revealed that the two get along well with each other but he would definitely want to keep the record with himself.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion continued, “People now know that we get along well and are looking forward to each other. Of course, you would like to keep your record forever. But the goal is also to equalize and break records, I managed that, as I overtook Pete Sampras. The goal was not to run away from everyone else with more titles.”
However, in order to keep the record, Roger Federer knows that he has to win more Grand Slam titles as long as he can. He also revealed that ‘Big Three’ are all in the same position and the three keep each other on their toes.
“Rafa, too, had a tough few years, like me and Djokovic. That we three are all fit again is great for tennis. The boys are coming up strong and that’s why you have to win the Grand Slam as long as you can,” Federer said.
Federer also joked about Nadal becoming heavier with the addition of the US Open title in his trophy cabinet. Rafael Nadal and Federer have already played doubles when they were seen jumping into each other’s arms. When asked about how is it now that he has 19 Grand Slams, Federer replied, “He got a bit heavier with one more trophy in his possession.”