Nadal still untouchable as he claims 11th French title
PARIS: Rafael Nadal insists that he has no desire to become locked into an arms race with Roger Federer to surpass his great rival´s 20 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal clinched an 11th French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Dominic Thiem on Sunday to take his majors total to 17.
That´s three behind Federer who is more than four years older.
However, the 32-year-old Nadal said such targets do not concern him, believing his caution is well-placed after an injury-hit career which has seen him sit out nine Grand Slam tournaments.
“I have never been crazy about this kind of stuff,” said Nadal.
“You can´t always be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you.
“You can´t live with this feeling.
“Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more but it´s not something that is on my mind.”
Even this year, injury has continued to hound Nadal with a hip problem forcing him to quit his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic.
He missed the North America hardcourt season and only returned in time for the European claycourt season.
On Sunday, he even halted play in the third set due to cramping in his finger that affected his blood circulation.
“It was scary,” he admitted.
Nadal plans to return to Paris in 2019 and try and clinch a 12th title at Roland Garros.