"You've been my greatest rival for many years" a heartfelt note from one legend to another!
By S Sai Jagannath
Rafael Nadal recently won his 20th grand slam parallelling Roger Federer who has also won 20 Grand slams till now. Out of the 20, Grand slams won by Rafael 13 have come from the French open including this one.
Rafael Nadal now equals the most Grand slams won by any male tennis player defeating Djokovic in straight sets at the Roland Garros. After he won, Roger Federer took to his Instagram and wrote a few words for Rafael Nadal who has now equalled him.
He wrote "I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a friend 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 honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. It is especially amazing that he has now won Rolland 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."(source: Instagram)
After this heartwarming note tennis fans around the world were left in awe. Almost everyone in this world knows how great human beings both Nadal and Federer are. They both have pushed themselves to the best level and lifted each other at times. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are true gentlemen of the game who've played with utmost respect and authenticity. The note that Federer wrote almost won every sports lover's heart and demonstrated to the world what sportsmanship certainly means.
Sportsmanship is truly the greatest virtue a player can have!