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Rafael Nadal doesn't care about number 1 ranking

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Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has insisted his focus is only on winning trophies and not usurping Novak Djokovic as World Number One. 

The 28-year-old will end 2014 as third in the ATP Tour rankings after enduring an injury-hit year, but speaking to France's Stade 2 in a promotion for his tennis academy has stressed just being content with his tennis is enough for him. 

Mixed year

2014 has been a mixed bag for Nadal, who despite being constantly hampered by injuries still won a Grand Slam title for an eighth year in succession. 

He won a stunning ninth French Open back in June with a four-set victory over Djokovic at Roland Garros, a win that moved him to within three of Roger Federer's all-time record of 17. 

However he was unlucky to miss out on the Australian Open at the start of the year, with Swiss maestro Stanislas Wawrinka swashbuckling his way to a maiden Slam title at the expense of the World Number Three in the final. 

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Youngster Nick Kyrgios defeated Nadal when the pair met at the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon back in the summer, eliminating him to earn a spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament where he was eventually beaten by eighth seed Milos Raonic. 

The Spaniard was unable to compete in the US Open after sustaining a wrist injury, but will be aiming to win all four Slam titles in 2015. 

Slam focus

With Djokovic now standing untouchable at the summit of the mens game, Nadal has admitted that achieving the number one ranking is no longer a career goal.

"For me, it won't be a goal in my career anymore," he said.

"If I become number one because of the results I get, then great. But I'm not going to pursue this objective. I will follow my schedule.

"My big goal is to play as many years as possible. What I won’t do is put at risk the best years of my career to get the No. 1 spot. It won’t be anymore an objective for me."

"My goal is to be happy and I think I am."

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Topics:
Australian Open
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Tennis
Stanislas Wawrinka

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