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Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2022

‘It won’t be enough’ – Rafael Nadal admits 21-Slam record will be broken

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Despite puling ahead in the men’s Slam race for the very first time, Rafael Nadal admits that his current tally of 21 will not be sufficient to win that race.

Speaking from the perspective of the race between Roger Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic specifically, world number one Djokovic has the best chance of overtaking Nadal.

Nadal is extremely happy to have claimed an unexpected 21st Major crown at the Australian Open last month, and would love to retain the men’s Slam record.

“Do I want to be [first] among us three…with the highest number of Grand Slams? Yes, I’d love to.” Nadal said at his academy in Mallorca.

“Am I obsessed with it or would I be frustrated if I’m not? Not at all.

“Whatever comes, I’m up for it.

“But being honest, I don’t think 21 is enough to finish with the most Slams.”

In fact, should Djokovic back up his second Roland Garros title to win a third in June and win Wimbledon soon after, he would pull in front on 22 Slams less than six months from now.

At 34, the Serb is the youngest of the three behind Nadal, 35, and Federer, 40.

Moreover, Federer has not won a Slam for going on four years now, his last triumph coming at the 2018 Australian Open.

 

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