Federer & Djokovic Share Moving Tribute To Nadal For Setting New Record

Updated On Feb 1, 2022 by Landon Wheeler

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger FedererSummary

  • Rafael Nadal has more grand slam wins than any other male tennis player
  • Roger Federer opens up and praises long-time rival
  • Djokovic congratulates Nadal on new record

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were all tied on 20 grand slam wins at the start of the 2022 Australian Open.

This was the most number of grand slam wins a male tennis player had in history and all three players were pushing to create history and win their 21st grand slam title.

Federer did not play the 2022 Australian Open as he was injured while Djokovic showed up to play but was deported due to visa issues.

This left Nadal with an open field as his two biggest rivals were not there to stop him. The Spaniard created history when he beat Daniil Medvedev in the final to create history and become the first man to win 21 grand slam titles.


Federer Posts Emotional Tribute

Roger Federer who was the first man to get 20 grand slam titles also at the Aussie Open is arguably the most loved male tennis player in the world and one of the reasons why the fans love him as he is a great ambassador of the game and a fantastic sportsman.

The Swiss great took to social media to congratulate his long-time rival Nadal and share an emotional message.

Roger Federer Instagram Post Congratulating Rafael Nadal for 21st Grand Slam Title

Federer said that only recently both he and Nadal were on crutches and were joking with each other. Federer said it was great to see Nadal overcome so many challenges and become the first man to win 21 grand slam titles.

Federer said he was honoured to share this era with Nadal and was happy to push him over the years and help bring out the best in him. He ended by saying that he was sure Nadal would achieve more in his career but reminded him to enjoy the moment!

Djokovic Congratulates Nadal

This must have been a bitter-sweet moment for Djokovic as he also had a great chance of becoming the first man to win 21 grand slam titles but it wasn’t to be with his visa controversies in Australia.

Djokovic congratulated Nadal and paid tribute to his impressive fighting spirit and amazing achievement. He also praised runner-up Medvedev for playing with passion and determination.

Nadal will look to extend his lead to 22 grand slam wins as he has been dominant over the years at the French Open which is set to take place from 22 May to 5 June.

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[…] from the 2022 Australian Open made it easier for his rival Rafael Nadal to win the championship and create a new record of winning 21 Grand Slam tournaments. Prior to Nadal’s win, Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer were all tied on 20 grand slam […]