“20 Is Just Another Step”: Roger Federer Sends Heartwarming Message to Rafael Nadal After French Open Glory

Published 10/11/2020, 1:15 PM EDT
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Charles Platiau


World No.2 Rafael Nadal is no longer a 19-time Grand Slam winner. With his 13th French Open title, he has successfully equalized the Swiss maestro Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the French open 2020 in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that Nadal didn’t lose a single set in the whole tournament.

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The Spaniard is receiving praise from all over the world. Roger Federer is the latest to join the list. Sharing a picture with Nadal on Twitter, the 39-year-old Swiss congratulated him for winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros.

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“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players. It is a true honor for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us,” wrote a cheerful Federer on Twitter.

The reason Federer has only a single French Open title is Nadal himself. Even during his prime time, Federer dominated on all surfaces but could not get past Nadal at the French Open. The two met each other on so many occasions, yet the ‘King of the Clay’ always had the upper hand.

‘You deserve it’- Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal

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Federer realized that it was not an easy task to accomplish. He referred to Nadal as a true champion in his tweet and applauded him for winning the title at the French Open.

“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest accomplishments in the sport,” added Federer in the tweet.

Federer said that Nadal always deserved it. The Swiss also congratulated Nadal’s team for putting all the efforts on him and making him ready for the tournament.

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“I also congratulate his team as no one can do this alone. Well done Rafa. You deserve it,” concluded the 39-year-old.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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