“Equaled 20th Slam of Roger Federer”: Rafael Nadal Upon Receiving Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award

Published 05/06/2021, 4:45 PM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe and teammate Roger Federer celebrate during the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Taylor Fritz of Team World during Day One of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


World number two Rafael Nadal, who won the Barcelona Open recently, was conferred with the Laureus Sportsman of the year award for winning his 13th French Open crown and his 20th grand slam title in 2020. 

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With victory at the French Open, Rafael Nadal equaled Roger Federer’s tally of winning 20 major singles titles on tour. The Spaniard continues his winning momentum this year as well and remains to be the main contender for the French Open. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Albert Gea
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“It means a lot to equal my great rival”- Rafael Nadal on his 20th major title

Nadal expressed his happiness for winning the award, where he talked about how much the 20th grand slam meant to him. The Spaniard also mentioned his friend and rival, Roger Federer

“For me personally, of course achieving the 13th Roland Garros title and equaled the 20th Grand Slam of Roger Federer has been an unforgettable moment for me. So it means a lot to me to equal my great rival, but at the same time, my great friend.

The Spaniard also mentioned the ‘Laureus Sport for Good’ foundation in his speech and appreciated them for the good work they have been doing. 

Having started in 2009 with a mission to end violence and discrimination through sport, the ‘Laureus sport for good’ foundation has raised nearly 150 million to the sporting sector and reached more than 6 million children in over 40 countries. 

I want to say thanks to the Laureus Sport For Good, because recently we are working together to transform lives through sport and education to create opportunities for these children”, Rafael Nadal concluded.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

Through the Rafa Nadal Academy, the Spaniard is producing fine talent who are slowly making their presence felt on the ATP tour with each passing year. 

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Players like Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz, and recently Felix Auger-Aliassime have trained at Nadal’s academy as they strive to make giant strides on the men’s singles circuit. 

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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