Roger Federer sent a warm message of congratulations to Rafael Nadal after he equalled his all-time Grand Slam record.
Federer, 39, did not compete at this year’s French Open after undergoing a second round of knee surgery in 2020 but was clearly keeping an eye on proceedings as Nadal thrashed their great rival Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 to win a 13th title at Roland Garros.
Swiss great Federer, 39, views Nadal’s 13 triumphs in Paris as ‘one of the greatest achievements in sport’ and the Spanish world No. 2 didn’t even drop a set en route to his latest win.
And there was no ill-feeling from the man who previously held the record for the most Grand Slam men’s singles titles outright. Federer insists it’s an ‘honour’ to share the record with Nadal.
‘I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion,’ Federer posted on social media.
‘As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players.
‘Therefore, it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory.
‘It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest achievements in sport.
‘I also congratulate his team, because nobody can do this alone.
‘I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it.’
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