ROGER FEDERER paid a heartfelt tribute to ‘best rival’ Rafa Nadal because the Spaniard drew stage within the race for probably the most tennis Slams.
Ever since he received Wimbledon in 2003, the Swiss rival has led the way in which, setting the usual for Nadal and Novak Djokovic to observe.
Nadal celebrates his record-equalling twentieth Slam after thrashing Novak Djokovic within the French Open ultimateCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However Nadal’s trouncing of Serbian Djokovic in Sunday’s French Open final – he won 6-0 6-2 7-5 in Paris – represented the twentieth main of a unprecedented profession.
It means Federer, 39, and Nadal, 34, at the moment are locked collectively on the high of the rankings.
And given his age and dominance on clay – this was Nadal’s thirteenth French Open victory – you’d favour the youthful man to maneuver forward within the stakes in 2021.
Both on the Australian Open in Melbourne within the New 12 months or again within the French capital subsequent spring – Covid-19 restrictions however.
Federer is recovering from knee surgical procedure and has not performed since dropping to Djokovic within the Australian Open semi-finals in January.
Writing on Instagram, Federer mentioned: “I’ve all the time had the utmost respect for my good friend Rafa as an individual and as a champion.
“As my best rival over a few years, I imagine we’ve pushed one another to grow to be higher gamers.
“Subsequently it’s a real honour for me to congratulate him on his twentieth Grand Slam victory.
Federer holds aloft the Australian Open trophy in 2018 – the final time he received a SlamCredit score: AP:Related Press
“It’s particularly wonderful that he has now received Roland Garros an unimaginable 13 instances, which is without doubt one of the best achievements in sport.
“I additionally congratulate his group, as a result of no person can do that alone.
“I hope 20 is simply one other step on the persevering with journey for each of us. Effectively achieved, Rafa. You deserve it.”