Rafael Nadal shares a massive praise for Novak Djokovic: "He is the best"

Rafa is back to talking about tennis, and he did so in an interview with Movistar Plus, divided public opinion and many tennis fans with his words

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal shares a massive praise for Novak Djokovic: "He is the best"
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Rafael Nadal is back to talking about tennis, and he did so in an interview with Movistar Plus, divided public opinion and many tennis fans with his words.

In a passage of the interview, he said: "Can you be frustrated with 22 Slams? In my opinion Novak Djokovic has always experienced this race for the record more intensely.

I think it would have been frustrating for him if he hadn't managed to have the record and maybe that's why he made it. He took ambition to the max. I was ambitious, but seeing things in perspective." There are two schools of thought that generated his statements about Novak Djokovic and fueled the debate on social networks.

The first group of enthusiasts focused on the term used twice by the Spaniard, namely frustration. According to the comments of people belonging to this group, Nadal would have disrespected Djokovic, underlining his alleged obsession with records.

The second group, however, believes that the Majorcan simply expressed himself poorly and wanted to highlight the willpower shown by the Serbian over the years.

Nadal: "As far as titles are concerned, Djokovic is the best"

In a subsequent interview with the newspaper AS, Nadal tried to clarify his position.

He explained: "I believe that numbers are numbers and statistics are statistics, and in this sense I think he has better numbers than me and this is indisputable. I think that as far as titles are concerned, Djokovic is the best in history and there is nothing to discuss about this.

I congratulate Novak for everything he is achieving and this does not cause me any kind of frustration.

I said it when I was the one who won the most Slams, I said it when we were tied and I say it now that I'm behind. I will not be the one who seeks, through personal struggle, to want to be what I am not.

I think 2024 will be my last year, but at the same time I don't know. If things were going to work out and I were to feel competitive, why would I limit myself? I can't say 100%."

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