Rafael Nadal swept apart Serb Dusan Lajovic to succeed in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday as he warms up on clay earlier than bidding to match the all-time Grand Slam report in Roland Garros. The world quantity two has returned this week in Rome after a six-month coronavirus-enforced break earlier than trying to match Roger Federer’s all-time report of 20 Grand Slam titles in Paris. The 12-time French Open winner insisted he was not obsessive about matching Federer, absent till 2021 with a knee harm.
“For me it’s not an obsession at all,” Nadal, 34, informed journalists after brushing apart 25th-ranked Lajovic 6-1, 6-3.
Lajovic had valiantly however vainly launched a fightback after trailing 4-Zero within the second set to the Spaniard.
“I always say the same. I did all my career my way, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing,” he continued.
“I can’t be all the time thinking about what Roger had or what Novak (Djokovic) or what the other… I know that you put a lot of attention on all of this.
“Of course I’d love to complete my profession with 25 (Grand Slams) however that is one thing that most likely won’t occur,” he smiled.
“I’m going to maintain preventing to supply probabilities, after which after I end my profession, let’s have a look at. I simply need to hold having fun with tennis.
“And that’s it. If I am playing well, I know I normally have my chances. If not, it’s going to be impossible. That’s it.”
Nadal declared himself happy with how his return was going after easing previous fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in his first match earlier within the week.
“I played two good solid matches,” he mentioned.
“I played at, I think, a very positive level of tennis. Of course it needs to keep improving.
“I must hold working in a few issues that issues should not coming automated.
“But I can’t ask for more. Have been another great evening for me against another good opponent.
“Much higher, not what I anticipated.”
Nadal next meets Argentine eighth seed Diego Schwartzman, a player he has beaten in all nine of their previous meetings.
Nadal received his first Rome title again in 2005, and is bidding for a 3rd consecutive crown on clay within the Italian capital and 10th in complete.
Before this week he had not performed since profitable in Acapulco in February, opting to skip the US exhausting courtroom tour.
Topics talked about on this article