In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, Rafael Nadal reflected on his record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title, the race to be the greatest, achieving his dreams and Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players.
“I always consider myself a very normal guy, so if I did it, maybe somebody else can do it. It’s obvious the record of 22 grand slams is something much more possible that somebody can increase that record. I am sure that’s going to happen; 14 Roland Garros is something … very difficult.”
“Of course, I want to be the player with (most) grand slams in history — that’s competition. But it’s not something that I am obsessed (with) and it’s not something that changed my mind … Honestly, it’s something that does not bother me if Novak wins 23 and I stay with 22. I think my happiness will not change at all, not even one percent.”
“After the pandemic, something happened in my foot. I am not able to manage the pain to play often and even practice. The only thing I can say is going through all these challenges, I always hold the passion to keep going and I always hold the love for the game,” he added. “I always wanted to keep going. That’s probably why I am in the position that I am today.”
Sources: CNN, @stoppadel