Rafael Nadal does not seem particularly angry or furious because he lost the Grand Slam record. Speaking to Movistar+, the Spaniard emphasized that he does not feel frustrated because of that. However, Nadal believes that if Djokovic failed to break the record, he would be much more frustrated than him.
Many understood Nadal's statement in different ways. Some consider it an 'expression' of jealousy, while others share the same opinion. "I’m not frustrated for a simple reason – within my possibilities, I’ve done all I can to make things happen for me.
I think Novak feels more intensely [about] this than I do. Had he not achieved it, it may have been a bigger frustration for him," Nadal told Movistar+, as quoted by sportskeeda.com!
Novak Djokovic responded
Novak Djokovic wasted no time in responding, offering an intriguing reply.
The esteemed Serbian tennis player promptly underlined Rafael Nadal's greatness on the court. Djokovic is of the belief that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and he holds great respect for differing viewpoints.
"I saw that it went quite viral, that people were talking about it.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and how they interpret someone else in that context. That's all I can say. Rafa is a great champion, I greatly appreciate and respect him as a champion, as my biggest rival, as a man and a tennis player who has largely participated in shaping my game and the results I have achieved," he said.
There is no doubt that both of them are great at their job. They have set records that will be difficult to break in the future. Such statements only 'deepen' the rivalry between them. However, this is what the fans want to see. We believe that after both of them leave tennis, there will be a huge void.