Novak Djokovic: I’d be content if Rafael Nadal and I had the same Grand Slam record.

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According to Novak Djokovic, he would be content if he and Rafael Nadal ended their professional careers with an equal number of Grand Slam victories. After defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open this year, Djokovic, 35, equaled Rafael Nadal for the most Major titles ever won at Grand Slam tournaments with 22.

“Yeah, it would satisfy me. I would like to outperform my fiercest opponent, but when that time comes and I have to draw the line and consider my career history and what I have accomplished, even if I stop now and he wins another 10 Slams, I still have to be content overall.

Maybe there will be a small part of me that regrets that I didn’t have more than him, but how much is really enough in the end? You understand what I mean? Telling The National, Djokovic.

Why would Djokovic choose to face Nadal in a Major final over Carlos Alcaraz?

In the Grand Slam final, Djokovic would like to play Nadal over Alcaraz if given the choice. Djokovic stated, “If I had to choose one of the two, I would definitely pick Nadal because of the rivalry, the history, and the stakes involved every time we play each other, particularly in a Grand Slam final.

Djokovic conducted a news conference with primarily Serbian journalists last week in Belgrade. When asked where he would like to face Nadal 60 times, Djokovic replied, “in the French Open final,” without hesitation. Djokovic also spent some time explaining how Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ultimately helped him become this great of a player by inspiring him to work even harder.

While stressing that Nadal will always be his toughest competitor, Djokovic said in the same interview that he greatly respects a young man like Alcaraz. It is uncertain whether Djokovic and Nadal will face off 60 times throughout this year’s French Open.