Nadal made an interesting statement regarding Djokovic and winning the trophies “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, as quoted by tennismajors “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”.
Djokovic also reacted to Nadal's statements “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 has had clear goals since childhood “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”. “Of course, I am ambitious, if not I would never be in the position I am today but I have probably a different kind of ambition than him, for example."
"I just keep going, keep doing what I’m doing and just try to put myself in a position to keep enjoying the tour and, of course, try to achieve as much as possible“. Asked if his goals were different from Nadal's, Djokovic replied “It is all a matter of perception and interpretation of what one says.
I respect Rafa, probably more than any other player in the world; he is the biggest rival I had in my life." "Everything he has achieved, his dedication to tennis and the way he goes about practicing and tennis in general, these traits of his are worthy of admiration. He knows what sources of motivation he has, I cannot go into that”.