Rafael Nadal can break my record of 17 Grand Slam titles, says Roger Federer

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, who is currently competing in an ATP 500 level tournament in Dubai, said one of his long-time rivals and world No.1 Rafael Nadal could surpass his tally of 17 Grand Slam titles.

updated: February 26, 2014 20:49 IST
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The Dubai Open might not be a premier event in men's tennis but over the years, it has slowly become known as a place where top players love to open up more about themselves and their future goals. This year too, the presence of stars like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the draw has only added to the spark of this ATP 500 tournament.

Tennis, being an individual sport, has a great tradition of famous rivalries that have always kept the sport enthralling for fans. The greatest of all of these rivalries, unarguably, has been that between grass-court legend Roger Federer and World No.1 Rafael Nadal. When asked if the Spanish player had it in him to surpass his undisputed tally of 17 Grand Slam titles, Federer said it was possible. (Nadal set to eclipse Federer in earnings)

"If Rafa can beat my Grand Slam record? Yes, it is a possibility. But the good thing is that I am still active, thus I can still increase my advantage and win some more. And when I say that I don't just refer to the Slam tournaments, but also to the rest of the ATP tournaments. For example, the Dubai tournament is very important for me. I ought to do good here," Federer told Times of India. (Read more)

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