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Friday 20 September 2019

Nadal not in it for the chase

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal may be one grand slam away from equalling Roger Federer's record and could finish the year overtaking Novak Djokovic to become world number one - but he insists he is chasing no one.

Nadal won his 19th major title in dramatic fashion after holding off a remarkable comeback from Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's US Open final.

He led by two sets and a break but ended up playing for almost five hours before closing out a breathless 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 victory.

A fourth US Open title has opened up the possibility of stealing a march on his two 'big three' rivals, but the 33-year-old Spaniard said: "I don't look (at) it that way.

"I always say the same, I would love to be the one who wins more, but I am playing tennis because I love to play tennis.

"You can't be all day looking next to you if one has more or one has a little bit less, because you will be frustrated.

"I really believe that I will not be happier or less happy if that happens or does not happen."

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