Nadal: Federer mark unlikely

07 February 2018 04:59:46 GMTPlus11

Rafael Nadal has admitted it is unlikely that he will be able to match great rival Roger Federer's record number of 20 men's Grand Slam singles titles.

Nadal currently has 16 major titles to his name, with the Swiss maestro out in front on 20 after retaining his Australian Open title in Melbourne last month.

There is always someone with more titles or more things, so I am satisfied with what I do.

Rafael Nadal

And Nadal accepts that the mark of Federer is a long way off, omitting the possibility that his old foe could even add to his tally in the future.

He told Ultima Hora when asked if he could match Federer: "Unattainable not, unlikely yes.

"It's not something that worries me, or what I think about. I make my way without looking at the one next door.

"You could always be frustrated comparing yourself (to others). It is not a good philosophy. You have to be satisfied with what you do if you try everything you can.

"There is always someone with more titles or more things, so I am satisfied with what I do, grateful for what life gives me and happy for the good that happens to others."

Nadal has an opportunity to close the gap to Federer at the second Grand Slam of 2018, the French Open in Paris, where the Spanish left-hander is a ten-time champion.

He first claimed the honours in the French capital in 2005 when he was still a teenager and has gone on to claim another nine titles, with only Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic having beaten him on the red clay.

Nadal is 2/5 to win an 11th French Open later this year, with Djokovic available at 10/1 and Dominic Thiem 8/1.

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