World Number 2 Rafael Nadal (Player Profile) told reporters this week that he would be happy with his career even if he doesn’t manage to overtake Roger Federer’s (Player Profile) record of 17 Grand Slam titles.
Having returned to the courts this year in striking form, Rafa has smashed his way to a total of 13 Slam titles after a triumph over rival Novak Djokovic at the US Open last month. He confessed to the press at the China Open that he would remain proud of his career and achievements whether he beats Federer’s record or not.
“If that happens or that not happens, the only thing I am sure is when I am going to leave this tour, I am going to be very happy about what I did,” Rafa told reporters at Beijing in response to comments from former Grand Slam winners Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who both believe that Nadal has the potential to better Fed’s record before his career ends.
Rafa’s response is typical for the ever-humble Spaniard, however he did admit that he would need to retain his physical fitness and form if he were to try and better Fed’s achievements in Grand Slams.
After storming his way through the first round at Beijing against Santiago Giraldo, Rafa told the assembled press that he “tried everything in every practice, in every match. I gave everything. When you try your best every day, that’s all that you can do.”
Nadal is only one win away from reaching the China Open final and reclaiming the ATP Ranking No.1 spot.