Australian Open 2022: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic congratulate Rafael Nadal on milestone title

His second Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne turns out to be the one that helps him to leapfrog two of his main competitors – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The rivalry of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer has taken Tennis to a whole new level. (Image credit: Twitter)

Rafael Nadal created history on Sunday by winning the Australian Open in sensational fashion to top the all-time Grand Slam list. The left-hander came from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in a classic to capture a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. His second Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne turns out to be the one that helps him to leapfrog two of his main competitors – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. It is the most any male singles player has won in the sport’s history. The previous best was 20 titles, which was first reached by Roger Federer, but soon the Spaniard and the Serbian leveled it. 

After the historic triumph, messages flooded across social media, wishing Rafael Nadal on reaching the momentous feat. Among those to wish were two of his active competitors – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. On his Instagram Stories, Federer wrote: “What a match! To my friend and great rival Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. A few months ago we were joking about both being on crutches. Amazing. Never underestimate a great champion.

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“Your incredible work ethic, dedication and fighting spirit are an inspiration to me and countless others around the world. I am proud to share this era with you and honoured to play a role in pushing you to achieve more, as you have done for me for the past 18 years. I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now enjoy this one!”

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Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal: Amazing achievement

Meanwhile, Djokovic posted on his social media: “There has been some outstanding tennis played at this year’s Australian Open and the finals were exceptional. Congratulations to Ashleigh Barty for an amazing performance in front of her home crowd and Danielle Collins for an incredible tournament. 

“Congratulations to Rafael Nadal for 21st GS. Amazing achievement. Always impressive fighting spirit that prevailed another time. Enhorabuena. Daniil Medvedev gave it hit all out there and played with the passion and determination we have come to expect from him.”

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