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Federer and Nadal not worried about Grand Slam title record

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 20 Sep 2019
  • Federer and Nadal say they're not concerned with upstaging each other in the race for most Grand Slam titles
  • The two legends were speaking at a press conference in Geneva before the Laver Cup
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Photo: Federer's Instagram)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal don’t talk about the race for most Grand Slam titles as the two legends fronted a press conference in Geneva ahead of the Laver Cup.

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With Nadal winning the French and U.S. Opens this season to move to within one slam of Federer’s record mark of 20, talk has quickly shifted to when or if the Spaniard will eclipse his great rival’s tally.

Federer’s coach Severin Luthi earlier this week declared that his charge doesn’t get ‘stressed’ over the major record discussions, and the 38-year-old himself re-iterated that stance with Nadal by his side.

"That's all we have been talking about," Federer joked when asked about Nadal potentially chasing his record down. "No, we haven't spoken about it.
"I mean, this is not stuff you really talk about. I think I'm generally happy for Rafa for winning in New York and winning all the other ones that he has and all the French Opens he's won. I don't know. It's just a massive respect I have for Rafa, what he's done, and Björn, what he's done at the Grand Slam level. Djokovic, Sampras, you name it."

Federer won his 20th major title at the 2018 Australian Open, but will begin 2020 still looking to add to that number, while Nadal can equal his record by prevailing at Melbourne Park in January - and then potentially surpass it at Roland Garros.

The Swiss came agonisingly close to securing his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier this season, but couldn’t convert two match points in a dramatic fifth set as he went down to Novak Djokovic.


Federer added that he doesn’t feel pressure to stay in front of Nadal and Djokovic in the slam count, saying he continues to play the game for himself and his fans.

"These are things you can't really control other than when you face each other you try to stop the other guy, but that's also not the point," Federer said. "The point is try to win for yourself and your fans, your team and everything, and try to have your best career.
"I don't feel like it's an elephant in the room. We have not been talking about it, but Rafa maybe has a complete different answer."

Nadal also declared he isn’t thinking about breaking Federer’s record, despite coming to within one slam of his great rival for the first time in their careers.

"I think we are doing our way. I am doing my way. I'm not going to bed every day and night think about I need to win, you know, a number in particular, no?" Nadal said. "I just try to enjoy the tennis. Tennis is not only Grand Slams, by the way. Of course Grand Slams are so important, but I don't take that way. I just try to give me opportunities to compete well every single event.
"And at the same time, as many Grand Slams we are able to achieve, Roger and me, Novak, all this generation, I think makes our era of tennis a little bit more special, no?
“So at this point, of course there is Roger, Novak and myself, that we have achieved a lot. That's a special thing for the last 15 years. So let's see what the things can keep going with something that difficult to know."

The Laver Cup begins on Friday in Geneva. Click here for a full preview of the opening day, including Federer partnering Alexander Zverev in doubles for Team Europe.


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