In spite of John McEnroe’s assertion that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic take opposite approaches, this does not imply that one is superior to the other. Djokovic, now 35, has stated repeatedly that he intends to retire with the record for most Grand Slam titles won and the No. 1 ranking in tennis history.
First place. But Nadal made it seem like the winner of the Grand Slam record doesn’t matter to him. Nadal has previously stated that breaking the record for most Grand Slam titles is not essential to his happiness and that he will not lose sleep over falling short of that goal.
Nadal currently holds the record for most Grand Slam titles with 22, while Djokovic is second with 21.
Where Nadal and Djokovic diverge, according to McEnroe
“The two methods are “completely different,” as McEnroe told the BBC, as reported by Eurosport.
“Djokovic isn’t shy about expressing his desire to amass the greatest number of Grand Slam singles titles, while Nadal seems unconcerned with anything other than giving his all on every point and in every match. Since it has worked out pretty well for both of them historically and in terms of the number of Grand Slams they have won, you should do what makes you happy and what brings out the best in you.
The constant refrain of “I didn’t feel my foot, I couldn’t even feel it!” from Rafa would probably get old for his opponents after a while. You seemed fine to me in French, but now he seems to have done some other procedure that I don’t recognize.
I am glad they are on opposite sides, and whatever it was, he seems to be doing fine and in no pain. At the US Open, Nadal will try to win his 23rd Grand Slam, while Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated, will likely not be able to compete.