Nadal won’t dismiss Djokovic-Murray rivalry

by: Matt Cronin May 20, 2013

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Rafael Nadal tells reporters he doesn’t resent people who said that the sport’s new rivalry was between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray while he was out with injury.

“That is what happened at that moment and you need to write that and we cannot lie about the past,” he said. “They are fantastic players and they are only one year younger that me and not five or six and they are very good. I am not saying that this cannot happen and they are [ranked] one and two and I am No. 5 [Nadal will move up to No. 4 on Monday] and I think that I am better than the number five without playing for seven months with zero points ... It is an amazing number.”

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