Rafael Nadal insists breaking Roger Federer record is NOT a motivation for him

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has once again insisted that besting Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record is not a major motivation for him.

The rivalry between Nadal and Federer has been iconic, with the pair locking horns at the top of men’s tennis for well over a decade.

Currently Federer has 20 major titles to his name with Nadal, five years his junior, one behind on 19.

Winning that particular race is not something he thinks about, though, he says.

“I can’t say yes because honestly I just work on my diary basis,” Nadal told reporters in Dubai ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

“I have to do my things the best way possible and then to just give myself chances to keep being competitive at the highest level possible.

“So if that happens, great, if not, I just gave my best all my career to be in the position that I am today.

“And obviously of course, increase the number of 20, or tying 20 would be something amazing, but I cannot complain at all.

“I’m super happy the way I am having my tennis career, I gave my best all the time and I’m proud about the way I worked and the way I enjoyed the tennis during all these years.

“So I just really believe and hope that I can keep having the chance to keep going and keep having fun and keep giving myself chances to compete at the highest level.”

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