‘Never Underestimate A Great Champion’: Federer, Tendulkar, Djokovic Congratulate Nadal

Rafael Nadal (Photo: Australian Open on Twitter)

Roger Federer on Sunday congratulated his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal, on winning the men’s record 21st Grand Slam.

Under the lights on Rod Laver Arena, the legendary Spaniard looked down and out against Daniil Medvedev. With his dramatic victory, Nadal has claimed sole ownership of the record for the most men’s singles Grand Slam titles, moving past Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic who are both on 20 major crowns.

“WHAT A MATCH! TO MY FRIEND AND GREAT RIVAL @RAFAELNADAL, 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. 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 HONORED 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!” Roger Federer wrote on his Instagram story.

Wishes started coming in on Twitter as well congratulating world no 6. From Sachin Tendulkar to AB de Villers, here are all the reactions that poured in:


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