Rafael Nadal angrily blasts comparisons with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal anguish

Rafael Nadal has angrily defended his injury record following his withdrawal from the US Open with injury.

The world number one was two sets down to Juan Martin del Potro in their semi-final when he succumbed to a knee injury sustained in earlier rounds.

It was the second Grand Slam of the year that has been ended by injury for Nadal, who also retired hurt at the Australian Open in January.

However, when asked by the press if his injury problems could be compared with those suffered by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the Spaniard’s reaction was spiky.

“Sorry, but is not fair to compare myself with them.

“Novak had something last year. Roger had a couple of ones. But at the age of 36 is not the same.

“You can go to the history and you can compare how many Grand Slams I missed in my career, Masters 1000s, you can compare how many they missed.

“Sorry, but is not the real comparison.

“But is part of the game. I can’t and will not complain.

“Is just something that is like this. Even like this, I am in a good sport of the history of this sport, and keep going.

“That’s all.”

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