In the pre-tournament press conference of the Laver Cup 2019, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were asked whether they had any discussions related to their major count between themselves. The Swiss maestro had a constructive answer to it.
“That’s all we have been talking about,” Federer smirked. “No, we haven’t spoken about it, maybe, behind our back, we have been talking about it, I’m not sure,” Federer jested.
“No this is not the stuff you talk about. Generally, I’m happy for Rafa for winning in New York, winning all the others and all the French Opens that he has won. Massive respect I have for him for Rafa what he has done, as well as for Bjorn, Djokovic, and Sampras,” Roger Federer said.
Further, World Number three, Federer elucidated the things which can be controlled to achieve a Grand Slam record, but more than the records, Federer believes in winning a major title for himself and for his fan base.
“These are the things which you can’t really control, other than when you face each other and try to stop the other guy, but that’s also not the point. The point is to try to win for yourself and your fans, your team, and everything, and try to have your best career. We don’t feel like it’s an elephant in the room, we haven’t been talking about it, but Rafa might have complete difference answer I’m not sure,” Roger Federer said.
The Spaniard, Rafa Nadal had given his regular answer. He believes the ‘Big Three’ of tennis are concentrating on themselves and enjoying their sport, rather than focusing on surpassing each others records.
“I think we are doing our way. I am doing my way. I’m not going to bed every day and night thinking about I need to win, you know, a number in particular, no? Tennis is not about Grand Slams. Grand Slams are important, but I don’t take it that way. Roger, me and Novak are able to achieve many Grand Slams, and it makes our era of tennis very special. Our achievements are very special for the last 15 years. We can’t keep going forever, and today, we are thinking about the Laver Cup,” Nadal said.