Roger Federer won't lose sleep over Rafael Nadal catching up in the Grand Slam stakes, says Severin Luthi
"He won't be completely destroyed if Rafa makes the 20"
Last Updated: 17/09/19 12:50pm
Roger Federer will not be losing any sleep over whether Rafael Nadal can match his record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, according to his long-term coach Severin Luthi.
The Spaniard claimed a 12th French Open title this year followed by the US Open this month to close in on the 38-year-old Swiss.
His recent success has re-energised the GOAT (greatest of all time) debate with Nadal, who has 19 slams, looking back to his very best.
Never in his career has Nadal been only one Grand Slam title behind Federer, who squandered two match points against Novak Djokovic in this year's Wimbledon final.
"No, I don't think he stresses (about Nadal catching him up)," Swiss Luthi, who has toured with Federer since 2007.
"He focuses on himself. He has a lot of respect for Rafa and knows what it takes to win that many titles.
"I don't see him in any way stressed. He won't be completely destroyed if Rafa makes the 20."
Luthi said tennis fans should savour watching the two greats, rather than obsess about who is superior.
"It's good for the fans. Especially the ones who thought it was all over when Roger had 16 or 17 and Rafa had 14."
Federer and Nadal will join forces this week at the Laver Cup in Geneva when Europe take on the Rest of the World.