April 19, 2021
Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal: If we focus on Novak and Roger, we won’t win.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal commented on his victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of Roland Garros.

“Of course, I doubted before the match. It is important not to be completely confident in yourself, to doubt and worry. I say it every time: you cannot think too much about yourself. Yes, I doubted, but I believed in myself. With each match in Paris, the confidence increased.

I did not know what to expect from the match, because Novak always surprises. I tried to think positively and think that I will play well. In the end, I showed excellent tennis. Two and a half sets were at the highest level. Djokovic will not win if you do not show your maximum. I am satisfied with this final.

I added to the most important moments and I can be proud of it. I quickly adapted to the difficult conditions. Because of these conditions, this victory will be the most valuable in my career. This is a very important day, but I’m not stupid: the world is very sad. I am happy for myself, but many people are not happy.

Is this a rematch for Melbourne? I do not think so, because I do not like to talk about revenge. You have to accept the situation and develop. In Australia, Djokovic was good, too strong. And this time I won.

A couple of months ago I did not believe that I would take the title. It seemed to be too difficult. But in sports, everything changes. I did what I had to do, and the team helped me. They were there for me, always – even on difficult days.

Federer’s record? I never hid the fact that I wanted to win many titles. Of course, I like records. But you shouldn’t think about Federer, you’d better go your own way. If we focus on Novak and Roger, we won’t win. I live my life, and I feel fine. You should talk about records after your career.

Federer congratulated me – I have not seen anything yet, but I know it. Everyone knows that we are friends. I respect Roger. I know that he rejoices at my victories. It means a lot to me.

I have not yet decided if I will play this year. I have no plans and no calendar. What will happen in the coming months? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll take a pause until next year. There’s no point in talking about it,” “Roland Garros” quotes Nadal.


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