Roger Federer noticed his males’s record haul of 20 Grand Slam singles titles matched by Rafa Nadal on Sunday and the Swiss nice was fast to supply his congratulations to the Spaniard.
Nadal crushed Serbia’s world primary Novak Djokovic 6-Zero 6-2 7-5 to assert a 13th French Open title and shift stage with Federer for the primary time in his career.
“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion,” Federer, who already owned 4 Grand Slam titles when Nadal received his maiden French Open title in 2005, mentioned on Twitter.
“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.”
Nadal, 34, has misplaced just two matches on the French Open, racking up his 100th win on Sunday.
“It is especially amazing that he has 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.”
Federer turned 39 in August and missed the U.S. and French Opens whereas recovering from an damage, however he has vowed to be back on the Australian Open subsequent yr.
“I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us,” the Swiss mentioned.
“Well done Rafa, you deserve it.”
Djokovic is third on the listing with 17 Grand Slam titles.