'Moments that stay inside me forever'
With 22 Grand Slam titles, Nadal now sits two clear of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time list of male singles champions, more fodder for those who feel he is the GOAT (greatest of all time).
In an era when the 'Big Three' have dominated tennis like no other period in Open Era history, Nadal says he is simply not driven by records.
“As I said couple of times in the past and is not a thing that I repeat, is not the thing that I don't feel for me, we achieved our dreams. Me, Roger, Novak, we achieved things that probably we never expected," said the 36-year-old Mallorcan.
“For me, what drives me to keep going is not about the competition to try to be the best or to win more Grand Slams than the others.
"What drives me to keep going is the passion for the game, live moments that stay inside me forever, and play in front of the best crowds in the world and the best stadiums.
“That drives me, no? And the passion for what I do. Then of course if I don't feel myself competitive, I don't enjoy. So that's it. But is not about the goal about winning more titles. It's about a goal to give myself a chance to keep doing what I like to do.”