“He’s Happy When I’m Winning” – Rafael Nadal Delighted To Receive Profound Wishes From Roger Federer

Published 10/11/2020, 5:47 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 11, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Charles Platiau


King of Clay Rafael Nadal defeated World Number one Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, and collected his 20th Major title on his very own terrain, Court Philippe-Chatrier, at Roland Garros 2020. With that, the Mallorcan muscleman from the Balearic Islands evenly balanced the Grand Slam tally with his longtime rival Roger Federer for the very first time in his career. The two glass towers of the men’s tour sit on the apex of Open Era tennis with 20 Slams each.

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Roger Federer’s felicitations to Rafael Nadal

With ‘Rafans’ worldwide celebrating the historic win of their maestro at French Open 2020, Roger Federer’s special message for his arch-rival stood out.

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39-year-old Federer penned the congratulatory message with all his heart poured into it. The words shone a light on their nearly two-decade-old rivalry.

Rafa’s appreciation

One reporter in the post-match press conference in Paris informed Rafa about the felicitations from Roger. Upon receiving the news, the Spaniard was delighted and once again reiterated their deep-rooted respect and affection.

Both Roger and Rafa feel that their rivalry has helped them in reaching the next level.

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“Thanks to Roger (Federer) for the words. I think, as everybody knows, we have a very, very good relationship. We respect each other a lot. At the same time in some way, I think he’s happy when I’m winning and I’m happy when he’s doing the things well,” 34-year-old Nadal reflected.

“In some way for me means a lot the positive relationship that we have together because we have been going through a great rivalry for a very, very long time. Yeah, just can say thanks to him.”

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With his victory on Sunday, Rafa collected his 100th win at Roland Garros and 13th French Open title in his 16th appearance in the tournament. Moreover, he became the only player in the tennis world to win a tournament 13 times.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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