Roger Federer, buddy off-the-field and competitor -on-the-field of Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal has congratulated him on his 21st Grand Slam of his career.

Notably, Now Rafael Nadal is on the top of the trio Fedrer-Rafa-Djokovic with his 21st GS while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have 20 each.

Roger Federer took to social media platform to congratulate Rafael Nadal and wrote ‘You are an Inspiration to me’.

Reacting to Nadal’s win, Federer posted a message on Instagram.

What a match! To my friend and great rival @RafaelNadal, heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. A few months ago we were joking about both being on crutches. Amazing. Never underestimate a great champion,” wrote Federer.

“Your incredible work ethic, dedication, and fighting spirit are an inspiration to me and countless others around the world. I am proud to share this era with you and honored to play a role in pushing you to achieve more, as you have done for me for the past 18 years. I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now enjoy this one!” he added.

Nadal fought back from two sets down to win the next two sets and set up a decider.

In the dramatic final set, Nadal broke Medvedev’s serve in the fifth game but the Russian broke back in the 10th game to level the set.

Nadal, however, broke back immediately to clinch victory and become the first ever man in the history of tennis to win 21 Grand Slam titles.

This year Australian Open was held after much of a melodrama when Novak Djokovic was deported on medical grounds and the schedule was fixed without him being included.

In absence of Roger Federer, owing his fitness glitches and Novak Djokovic due to COVID Complications, Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev to clinch the Grand slam to become only person on the planet to win 21 grand slams in his career.


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