Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said in an interview published on Tuesday that he is not setting his sights on Roger Federer's record of 17 Grand Slam titles, despite claiming his 12th at Roland Garros last weekend.
Nadal only retained the ranking points he earned by winning last year's French Open, while Ferrer gained points by reaching his first Grand Slam final.
Rafael Nadal smiled back from the front pages of Spanish newspapers on Monday, after he lifted his record eighth French Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over compatriot David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal's stirring comeback from a career-threatening knee injury was crowned at the French Open on Sunday when he won the Roland Garros title for a record eighth time to move into joint third place in the all-time list of Grand Slam winners on 12.
Rain and unseasonally cold temperatures in the French capital were the last thing the 31-year-old Spaniard wanted to see for his first Grand Slam final in what was his 42nd attempt.
It was a first Grand Slam title for the Russian pair and it was the first time they had beaten the Italians in five attempts, their last encounter being a semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January.
The incident took place just in front of the VIP box on Court Philippe Chatrier where Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt and Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio were sitting.
Nadal claimed his 12th major with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over his Spanish compatriot David Ferrer who was playing in his first Grand Slam final at the age of 31 and at the 42nd time of asking.
Making his way back this year after an injury lay-off, Rafael Nadal has been on a campaign to get his game back on track. He had said that French Open was his title and many saw his win at Rome Masters as a sign of things to come.
Rafael Nadal may have had a huge advantage over very good friend and compatriot David Ferrer up till now but the Spaniard will know that his fellow country-man has all the ingredients and qualities to overcome all that and clinch the 2013 French Open men's singles title.