Nadal doesn’t care if he’s the greatest ever to win his 21st Grand Slam title
Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam title with a five-set victory in the Australian Open final.However, the Spaniard said he did not care if the new record made him the greatest men’s tennis player of all time.Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the final on Sunday.It was early morning local time in Melbourne when the epic showdown ended.The 35-year-old Nadal, who joins Swiss express Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic with 20 grand Slam titles each before the Australian Open, has become the first player in men’s tennis history.Nadal, who suffered from an old foot injury last year and doubted he would ever play again, won his first title in 13 years in Melbourne.But the Spaniard doesn’t seem to want to dwell too long on the larger significance of 21 Grand Slam titles.”Twenty-one, I know it’s a special number,” Nadal told reporters in the early hours of this morning. “I feel honored, I feel lucky to reach another very special [record] in my tennis career.””I don’t care too much if I’m not (no. 1) or if I’m the greatest (player of all time).””Honestly, at this point, I don’t really care. For me, it’s about enjoying nights like today. That’s what it’s all about.”In addition to his foot injury, Nadal was “very ill” after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in December.”I’ve worked really hard over the last six months to get back on the court,” he said.Nadal, who rested in his chair during the medal ceremony, said he wanted to celebrate more after his win but was physically exhausted.”I can’t think of much,” he said. “I can’t remember many moments of the game.””Even though I was very tired and I couldn’t celebrate with them like I normally do, I felt deep inside that all the support helped me a lot throughout the match,” Nadal said of the support he received on the court.