Novak Djokovic claims he would be satisfied in case he and Rafael Nadal finished their careers with an equal number of Grand Slam titles. Djokovic, 35, tied Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 22 Majors after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in this year’s Australian Open.
“Yes I would be satisfied. I would like more than my biggest rival, but look, when that moment arrives, when I have to draw the line and look back on the history of my career and what I have achieved, even if I stop here and he wins another 10 Slams, I have to be overall satisfied.
Maybe there’s going to be a little part of me that’s going to be regretting that I haven’t had more than him, but at the end of the day, how much is enough? You know what I mean?” Djokovic told The National.
Why Djokovic would prefer to play Nadal over Carlos Alcaraz in a Major final?
If Djokovic had a chance to pick between facing Nadal or Alcaraz in a Grand Slam final, he would pick Nadal. “If I had to pick one of the two I would probably pick Nadal because of the rivalry, of the history, of what would be on the line every time we face each other, especially in a Grand Slam final,” Djokovic explained.
Last week in Belgrade, Djokovic held a press conference, with mostly Serbian journalists. When asked where he would like his 60th meeting against Nadal to come, Djokovic immediately answered by saying ” in the French Open final.” Also, Djokovic took some time to explain how Nadal and Roger Federer ultimately made him this great of a player because their presence pushed him to work even harder.
In the same interview, Djokovic noted that he respects very much a young guy like Alcaraz but underlined that Nadal will forever remain his biggest rival. It remains to be seen if we will see the 60th meeting between Djokovic and Nadal at this year’s French Open.
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