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Rafael Nadal ambitious “to play” and ace the grand slam yet not “obsessed” with it

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is not “obsessed” in his quest for further grand slam glory after the 20-time major champion moved through to the Australian Open quarter-finals.

I remain hungry to win titles ahead of his 43rd Grand Slam championship quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, but I am not “obsessed” in this quest”, says Rafael Nadal.

Nadal discussed his motivations.

“I play tennis,” said Nadal. “I like tennis. I like what I am doing. That’s the main thing. Of course, I am very motivated to win Grand Slams and to play in the most important events of the year. No doubt about that… [But] I have never been obsessed [with] trying to be the best. I just do [it] my way. That’s worked for me.

Nadal’s statement reflects his ambition for the Grand Slam. Moreover, he also said that healthy ambition is important, but the obsession to have something is very disastrous for oneself. The setbacks of that obsession can frustrate the person.

Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard superstar, who captured the 2009 title, beat No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.

World number two Nadal is bidding to claim a record 21st slam crown, while the Spanish star is also looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four majors twice.

Nadal’s injury forced him to sit out

Nadal had to sit out of Spain’s ATP Cup campaign in Melbourne under an injury due to his back trouble. Nevertheless, the 2009 Australian Open champion has looked comfortable at Melbourne Park, where he is yet to drop a set.


Nadal leads Tsitsipas 6-1 in their ATP Head to Head series. The Spaniard has won their past three matches — at the 2019 Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals in Rome, and also at the 2019 and 2020 Nitto ATP Finals. The Spaniard overcame Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in the 2019 Australian Open semi-finals.

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