Rafael Nadal responds to question about Roger Federer after Madrid triumph

Rafael Nadal insists he is not bothered about the fact he has overtaken Roger Federer in the ATP world rankings

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Rafael Nadal is fourth in the world rankings Photo: Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar

Rafael Nadal insists that he is paying no attention to his place in the rankings after his Madrid Masters triumph on Sunday.

The Spaniard beat Dominic Theim 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to win his fifth title in Madrid and move up to number four in the world rankings.

That places him above Roger Federer, who is now fifth in the world rankings as the build-up to the French Open gathers pace.

However, Nadal insists he is only focused on his own game and not where he currently sits in the rankings.

Asked about the fact that he has now moved above Federer in the rankings, Nadal told his post-match news conference in Madrid: “To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No4 or No1 or No5, what you need is to play tennis very well.

“This is the situation right now. If I am No4 and I played badly, I’m not going to have chances. If I am No5 and I play well, I will have the same chances as if I’m No4 or No5. It’s just circumstantial.

“In my career, being No4 or No5, I don’t think it changes a lot for me.

“What I’m really happy about, I really enjoy, is to achieve a title like here in Madrid, to win a title like this.

“Today is a day to be satisfied, to be happy, and to have this trophy. I thought I was going to take it, but apparently it’s going to stay here. After tomorrow, I will think about Rome.

“That’s everything I’m thinking right now. This is a very emotional period of the season. I really enjoy these tournaments. I just try to go for all of them. I try to compete. In Monte-Carlo and Barcelona I did well, same here. I hope to do the same in Rome.”

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