Serbian tennis nice Novak Djokovic has reacted to feedback from rival Rafael Nadal about his “obsession” with successful Grand Slams and setting new data, countering that he has by no means had issues with “verbalizing” his targets.
The world primary mentioned that he doesn’t suppose he is obsessive about something in life, including that he feels solely “ardour and big need” to conquer new heights in tennis.
“Of course, I want to win more Slams, yes,” world number three Nadal told Metro. “No doubt about that. But I never get – I mean, Novak is more obsessed about this, more focused,”
“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. He’s always saying and talking about these records, and well done for him. But it’s not my approach to my tennis career.”
Novak Djokovic: “On Rafa Nadal attacking Novak’s ambition … Ever since I was a young player, I did not fear voicing my goals: I wanted to be number one and to win Slams. It is my path and it is unique, just like Rafa’s.” pic.twitter.com/BJ1bhdSiXR
— Thuso ➐ (@djokertennis) April 20, 2021
The latest anti DJOKOVIC trend : When Federer and Nadal break records, it is a good thing, no?When Djokovic breaks records , it is not good.Why ?!
— ajde (@MajcinSin) April 20, 2021
Responding to the comments made by his rival, the 18-time Grand Slam winner said that he sees nothing bad in expressing the ambitions he sets for himself.
“I have no idea why would that be a bad factor – not simply by way of data, however something: politics in tennis, for example,” Djokovic said throughout a press convention in Belgrade earlier than the beginning of the Serbia Open.
“I’m going in direction of attaining my targets and I’ve by no means had a drawback verbalizing it. Maybe somebody can’t say one thing after which stick to it, however I by no means discovered it laborious to say: ‘I want to break that record or reach a certain goal.’
Because as you understand Djokovic is not a Anglo-American puppet like Federer and Nadal are. He is completely different, he fights for all gamers, he is not an institution Yes man. He is a proud particular person and the GOAT of tennis and the Western powers cant stand him.
— Spetsnaz (@Spetsna16297783) April 20, 2021
As typical tennis media fully misinterprets Nadal’s benign assertion, and twists it into a ‘jab’ at Novak Djokovic. The two have completely different approaches and completely no battle with one another, or their respective targets and concepts.
— Matt.V (@TheSentinel909) April 20, 2021
“I can’t communicate on [Nadal’s] behalf – I have no idea the way in which he thinks, but it surely is his proper to voice an opinion, how he sees me with regard to data and so forth.
“Personally, I do not feel that I am obsessed with anything in life; what I feel is passion and huge desire.”
The 33-year-old all-time nice clinched his newest Grand Slam in February, defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev within the ultimate of the Australian Open.
Last month, he set a new ATP document for probably the most weeks as world primary, surpassing Swiss celebrity Roger Federer’s complete.