New York, Sep 9: After reaching his 23rd Grand Slam fil at the US Open, World No. 1 Rafael dal of Spain said that staying healthy is much more important than winning titles.
dal fought back from one set down to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argenti 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in a hard fought semi-fil here on Friday.
“If I win, I will be happy, but being healthy and feeling well and competitive is more important than winning Grand Slams,” dal was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
“That’s already happened in the whole season. So that’s the most important thing for me.”
dal seeks his third US Open title after 2010 and 2013 and his 16th career Grand Slam title when he takes on Kevin Anderson of South Africa in Sunday’s fil.
“What is more important, more than winning Slams, is to be happy,” dal said.
“I am very happy to win Monte Carlo, Barcelo, Madrid and Roland Garros. I am very happy to be in the fil here in the US Open. And I am going to fight to win another title here. But still, a great season for me,” the 31-year-old added.
“You need to win matches. If you practice well and you feel well, you have more chances to win.” IANS