What a night it was for Rafael Nadal. He equalized Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles after winning the French Open 2020. In a one-sided contest, the Spaniard defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his 13th French Open title. The final scoreline of the match was 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 showing why Nadal is called the ‘King of Clay’. It was his 100th victory at Roland Garros.”Don’t Want to Think About Them”- Rafael Nadal Disinterested in Grand Slam Race With Rafael Federer and Novak Djokovic
In the post-match press conference, Nadal spoke on how he doesn’t always think about the Grand Slam title number race with the other 2 two of the ‘Big Three’. He spoke at length about how records do matter to him but they are not everything.
“I never hide that for me, I would love to finish my career as the player with more Grand Slams. No doubt about that. Of course, I care about the records. It means a lot to me to share this number  with Roger. But, you know I don’t want to think about them all the time. Novak has this one, Roger has the other one. You can’t be always unhappy because your neighbor has a bigger house than you or a better phone,” said an enthusiastic Nadal.
It’s like a trend with journalists. They keep on asking him the same question again and again. The World No.2 said a similar thing even after winning the US Open 2019 title. It is evident that competition matters for Rafa but certainly not the tally of titles.
Though Nadal admitted that records mattered to him, he also said that they should not affect an individual mentally. While it is good to think about them, he certainly advised not to overthink about them.
“One has to live his personal life. You have to follow a path. To be the best every single day. It’s just what I follow,” said the 34-year-old.
He clearly acknowledged that it was good to go after records but not to think about them all the time. Talking about Roger Federer, Nadal spoke that he would love to continue his rivalry with the Swiss in the future as well.
“We keep playing. I don’t what will happen in the future. I am just excited. That means a lot to me that I am sharing this record with him [Federer]. It’s an amazing rivalry for such a long time. It’s beautiful. Now, let’s see what’s going on,” concluded an exciting Nadal.