CHENNAI, India -- Spaniard Rafael Nadal has
targeted the 2008 Beijing Olympics after ending a third
consecutive year as world No. 2 behind Roger
The 21-year-old French Open champion is the top seed at the
Chennai Open next week where he will also play in the doubles
with compatriot Bartolome Salva-Vidal.
"I like doubles a lot, when I can I play a lot of doubles,"
Nadal told a news conference on Sunday. "This year there is
special significance because of the Olympic Games.
"The Davis Cup is also there, but importantly the Olympics
comes one time in four years. It is a special tournament,
Nadal said he could still still improve his game from 2007
but was unconcerned about Federer.
"I'd love to be No. 2 for 50 more years," he said.
"Especially in my situation, 5,600 or 5,700 points, that is
a lot," he said, comparing his 5,735 ranking points to Federer's
7,180. "In a normal moment in the history of tennis, I'd have
been No. 1."
The clay-court specialist won six titles in 2007 and pushed
Federer to the brink in an epic five-setter on grass in the
Wimbledon final. However, he was subdued in the hardcourt grand
slams, losing in the quarterfinal at Australian Open and in the
U.S. Open fourth round.
"It is difficult to play better," Nadal said. "I played very
well on grass, clay and on indoor too.
"I'm not worried about Roger. He is better than the other
guys at the moment. But a lot of young guys are coming from
behind at the present time."