Not only because of the quantity but also because of the quality of his fights, it is clear that the best version of Novak Djokovic has been seen against Rafael Nadal. At least the most consistent. Amid the constant praise Roger Federer received in the Laver Cup, the Serbian tennis player made it clear that his main on-court rivalry has developed with the Spaniard and not the Swiss.
During his next stop in Tel Aviv, ‘Nole explained’ why he considers Nadal to be the most challenging rival of his career and will continue to have as long as they remain active. “Every player I face in a tournament is my rival, every tennis player I face is my rival in the end and I want to beat him, but if you ask me who my biggest rival is, that’s none Doubt Rafa.
He’s still there, we’re the rivalry that’s seen the most in the history of this sport, it’s a very special rivalry that’s still there. I hope to meet him many more times because it’s exciting for us, but also for the tennis and sports community,” commented the winner of 21 Grand Slams.
In total, Djokovic and Nadal have played a total of 59 duels in which the Serb has won 30 and lost 29. The Serb, in turn, makes it clear that the New Generation is on the rise: “Now there is (Carlos) Alcaraz, the number one world champion and Grand Slam champion, has become the leader of the younger generation and there are still names like (Daniil) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Alexander) Zverev or (Andrey) Rublev, who were already in the sport elite for a certain time.”
Rafa Nadal is considering his retirement
In a recent interview with Onda Cero, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal revealed that he wanted to extend his career a bit before retiring. “I would like to say goodbye on the pitch, that’s for sure.
But you never know what the future will bring. And, well, it’s obvious that I’ve also had a very long career, that I feel the love and support of a lot of people around the world, but we’ll see how it will be,” Nadal said in Spanish translated comments into English by Twitter user Genny SS.
“Right now I’m not thinking about it because if you’re already thinking about it, it’s because something isn’t working in everyday life, isn’t it? And even though my body hasn’t been functioning in my day-to-day life lately, my head is telling me I still want this to continue and we’ll see until when,” he added.