Rafael Nadal celebrates US Open win

Roger Federer ‘not stressed’ about Rafael Nadal challenge, says coach

Roger Federer is not worried about Rafael Nadal catching him in the Grand Slam race, says the Swiss star’s long-term coach.

Nadal has won three major titles since Federer won his last one, including the US Open earlier this month.

It means that Nadal is now just one short of Federer’s current record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles, but the Swiss is apparently not losing any sleep over it.

“No, I don’t think he stresses (about Nadal catching him up),” said Luthi, who has toured with Federer for 12 years.

“He focuses on himself. He has a lot of respect for Rafa and knows what it takes to win that many titles.

“I don’t see him in any way stressed. He won’t be completely destroyed if Rafa makes the 20.”

Nadal is five years younger than Federer, and his dominance of Roland Garros alone should see him surpass Federer’s total unless he can pull something special out of the bag in 2020.

Roger Federer at US Open

Luthi, though, has urged tennis fans to not get caught up in debating who is the better player, and to just enjoy the rivaltry instead.

“It’s good for the fans,” he added of the renewed interest in the race to finish with the most Grand Slams.

“Especially the ones who thought it was all over when Roger had 16 or 17 and Rafa had 14.”

Novak Djokovic is also very much in the race, and is currently four behind Federer with 16.

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