18-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has responded to Rafael Nadal's claims that he is more obsessed with the all-time Grand Slam record, claiming he is not obsessed with anything in life. In his interview with Metro UK, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal suggested Djokovic is more determined to earn the all-time Grand Slam record than he is.
“Of course, I want to win more Slams, yes. No doubt about that. But I never get – I mean, Novak is more obsessed about this, more focused," Nadal said. "Not in a negative way. No, he’s more focused on just these things and it means a lot to him all of this stuff.
Like he’s always saying and talking about these records and well done for him. But it’s not my approach to my tennis career." Nadal and Federer own a record of 20 Majors, while Djokovic comes at the third place with 18 Grand Slams in his collection.
Hours later after the Nadal interview Djokovic responded
“I cannot speak on his behalf, I do not know the way he thinks, but, it is his right to voice an opinion: how he sees me in regards to records, etc. Personally, I do not feel that I am obsessed with anything in life; what I feel is passion and huge desire.
I am going towards achieving my goals and I have never had a problem verbalizing it. Maybe someone cannot say something and then stick to it, but I never found it hard to say: ‘I want to break that record or reach a certain goal’.
I do not know why would that be a bad thing, not just in terms of records, but anything, politics in tennis for instance," Djokovic said in Belgrade, as quoted on Tennis Majors. "Ever since I was a young player, I did not fear voicing my goals: I wanted to be number one and to win Slams.
Of course, those goals are growing – when you fulfil one, another one appears. It is my path, and it is unique, just like Rafa’s”. Djokovic made a perfect start to the season as he handed a straight-set defeat to world No.
2 Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to lift a record ninth title at Melbourne Park and earn his Grand Slam title No. 18.