Roger Federer In Instagram Post: Well Done, Rafa, You Deserve It
by Staff | October 11th, 2020, 4:17 pm
  • 9 Comments

Following his 13th French Open triumph today, Rafael Nadal matched Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Grand Slams.

The most important record in men’s tennis was now shared between two of the greats, and the 39-year-old Federer, who has been sidelined after knee surgery, couldn’t be happier for his rival and friend.

In an Instagram post right after the match, Federer had this to say to Nadal:

I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players. Therefore, it is a true honor for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. It is especially amazing that he has now 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. I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it.

Nadal responded in press:

“I was not able, of course, to watch anything. But thanks to Roger for the words, no? I think, as everybody knows, we have a very, very good relationship. We respect each other a lot. At the same time in some way I think he’s happy when I’m winning and I’m happy when he’s doing the things well,” the Spaniard said.

“We have been going through a great rivalry for a very, very long time. Yeah, just can say thanks to him.”

The two will look to break the tie next January when both are expected to play the Australian Open.


You Might Like:
Watch This Cool Trick Serve From Elina Svitolina [Video]
Even Uncle Toni Agrees, Rafa Didn’t Deserve To Win Madrid
Gael Monfils And Benoit Paire Thought It Was A Good Idea To Post A Video During Their Match [Video]
Novak Djokovic Is Back Practicing
Andy Murray Has Hired Jonas Bjorkman For A Coaching Trial

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

9 Comments for Roger Federer In Instagram Post: Well Done, Rafa, You Deserve It

skeezer Says:

Great to see such sportsmanship and friendship these two have.
#the20Club


chrisford1 Says:

Had the outcome been a win, a Nadal neutralization, vs. a Djokovic debacle, I doubt any Fed instagram would have happened congratulating Djokovic.


Giles Says:

Hahaha CF1 I think you’re spot on there. He would have got more like 😱😱😱😩😩😩😫😫😫😡😡😡💩💩💩


skeezer Says:

CF1,
And why should there be?


Django Says:

Fed has to grin and bear it. What can he do about it? His PR tis elling him how to go about it.
His other records will be passed soon.


Dave Says:

Because just like he was the only man in the open era to hold all 4 grand slams at the same time. He would have been the only man to hold all 4 grand slams twice in his career. And there was no tweet that remember for the first one. But of course that’s Federers choice. He can do whatever he wants.


skeezer Says:

Whatever’s Djokerites. This is about Fedal. Not Djoker.


Best Tennis Balls Says:

It is really a great friendship the world best tennis player ever


Heidi Pleasants Says:

Incredibly classy by Fed. If anyone doesn’t know by now that these two think the world of each other, you’ve been living under a rock.


Leave Your Comment [guidelines]

Top story: Djokovic Set For Return In Loaded Vienna Field; Thiem Bids To Defend Title
Most Recent story: Humbert Wins Second ATP Title, Tops De Minaur In Antwerp