Nadal’s victory over Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller put him one away from Federer and world primary Novak Djokovic on the all-time Grand Slam titles race within the males’s singles recreation.
“What a match! To my good friend and nice rival, Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on turning into the primary man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles,” Federer mentioned in a social media submit.
Djokovic had been high seeded within the draw for the Open however was unable to play, deported from Australia on the eve of the match in a dramatic dispute over the nation’s Covid-19 entry necessities and his unvaccinated standing.
“Congratulations to @rafaelnadal for twenty first GS. Superb achievement. All the time spectacular combating spirit that prevailed one other time,” the Serbian participant mentioned in a submit on Instagram.
Federer missed the match to proceed his rehabilitation from knee surgical procedure.
“A number of months in the past we have been joking about each being on crutches. Superb. By no means underestimate a terrific champion,” the Swiss participant mentioned of Nadal.
“Your unimaginable work ethic, dedication and combating spirit are an inspiration to me and numerous others all over the world.”
“I’m proud to share this period with you and honoured to play a job in pushing you to realize extra,” added Federer.
“As you might have performed for me for the previous 18 years.
“I’m positive you might have extra achievements forward however for now take pleasure in this one!”