“I’m not frustrated for one simple reason – within my means, I did everything I could to make things happen for me,” Nadal told a Spanish television station less than a month ago – adding: “I I think Novak feels this much more intensely than I do. If he hadn’t made it, it might have been a greater frustration for him.
Maybe that’s why he did it. I think he had the ability to take his ambition to the extreme. I think I was also ambitious, but a little healthier, which allowed me to see things in a different way.”
Djokovic reacts respectfully
In an interview with “Sportal”, Djokovic was now asked to comment on Nadal’s words: “I saw that his comments went viral, that a lot of people talked about them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, how they interpret someone else in a certain context, etc. That’s all I can say.
“Rafa is a great champion and I respect and appreciate him as such – as a great champion, my greatest rival and as a player who helped shape my game and achieve the results I achieved,” Djokovic said.
He added: “I have no intention of commenting on him or Roger Federer in a negative light – my respect for them outweighs any negative opinions I may have. Again, this is Rafa’s opinion and of course I disagree. I have my opinion, but I won’t share it because I don’t want us to delve further into this. There is no reason for that.”