Roger Federer says he and Rafael Nadal have been joking about each being on crutches just some months in the past as he congratulated him on his Australian Open win.
Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev in an unimaginable Grand Slam remaining on Sunday to surpass the 20 titles that each Federer and Novak Djokovic have received.
Federer is at present out of the sport with a knee harm, with Nadal lacking a lot of final season with a foot harm.
“What a match,” Federer wrote on Instagram after the Australian Open remaining.
“To my good friend and nice rival Rafael Nadal, heartfelt congratulations on changing into the primary man to win 21 Grand Slam singles tiles.
“Just a few months in the past we have been joking about each being on crutches. Superb.
“By no means underestimate a fantastic champion. Your unimaginable work ethic, dedication and combating spirit are an inspiration to me and numerous others world wide.
“I’m proud to share this period with you and honoured to play a task in pushing you to attain extra, as you have got performed for me for the previous 18 years.
“I’m certain you have got extra achievements forward however for now take pleasure in this one!”
Rafael Nadal will now be favorite to win a twenty second main on the French Open, the place he’s probably the most profitable participant within the historical past of the match.
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