“So Well Done for Him”: Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Breaking Roger Federer’s Incredible Record

Published 04/11/2021, 9:51 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Leonardo Mayer of the Argentina during the round of 32 match on day two of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at Real Club De Tenis Barcelona on April 24, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal has finally opened up on his Big 3 rival Novak Djokovic breaking Roger Federer’s record of staying World No.1 for most weeks.

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Speaking to a reporter ahead of the Monte Carlo Open, the 20-time Grand Slam said plenty of records in the game have been broken over the last few years and this was one of them. However, he did extend his congratulations to the Serbian, calling it a “great achievement”.

“During this period of time, for the last few years, a lot of records have been broken,” the Spaniard said.

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Rafael Nadal added that Djokovic’s milestone also serves as a reminder of how the Serb and his Big 3 peers have reigned supreme in men’s tennis for years and have enriched the sport with their accomplishments.

“Three players did a lot of important things in the history of our sport. That is another great achievement for Novak, so well done for him, I congratulate him,” the 13-time French Open champion said.

2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simona Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Serb, who also received a glittering trophy last year for equaling Pete Sampras’s record of finishing the year-end No.1 for the sixth time, threw a lavish party at his Belgrade restaurant after upstaging Federer.

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On what the Serb’s latest milestone means for the sport, Nadal said it’s another record that fell as many have over the years.

“As for what it means for the history of tennis, I don’t know, it is another broken record, well done,” Nadal said.

The Serb lifted a record ninth Australian Open title this year, equaling Martina Navratilova for the most number of Major championships won at the Australian Open.

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Braving an abdominal muscle tear that he suffered during his epic third-round victory over American Taylor Fritz, Djokovic fought past some formidable opponents in subsequent rounds to win the tournament.

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Though he hasn’t featured in any Tour action since, he has confirmed his return at the Monte Carlo Masters.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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