Australian tennis player Ellen Perez is one of many that think Damir Dzumhur's comment on Rafael Nadal's Australian Open victory makes no sense. On Sunday, Nadal defeated world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 to win his second title at Melbourne Park.
With the latest win, Nadal broke the all-time Grand Slam record as he now has 21 Grand Slam titles in his collection. Novak Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, didn't play in Melbourne because his visa was canceled.
After Nadal won the Australian Open, Dzumhur tried to devalue the Spaniard's win. "Anyone can win a Grand Slam without Novak Djokovic competing. Still the GOAT Djoker," Dzumhur said in an Instagram Story.
Perez: Dzumhur's comment makes zero sense
Dzumhur entered the Australian Open main draw as a lucky loser but lost in the first round.
"Imagine competing at a Djokovic-less slam and not winning it and then going on to say anyone can win it…. Logic = 0," Perez wrote on Twitter.
Medvedev, who has a good relationship with Djokovic, spoke extremely highly of Nadal after the final. “[I have] huge respect for Rafa,” said Medvedev in his post-match press conference.
Imagine competing at a Djokovic-less slam and not winning it and then going on to say anyone can win it….
“Huge respect for beating me because I tried my best. “The way he managed to play throughout all these sets, even in the tough moments, for him it was for making history. For sure he tried not to think about it, but it must have been somewhere in his head”.
Medvedev was impressed by the fitness level of 35-year-old Nadal. “[It’s] tough to talk after five hours, 30 minutes and losing, but I want to congratulate Rafa because what he did today, I was amazed,” said Medvedev.
“I tried during the match just to play tennis, but after the match I asked him, ‘Are you tired?’, because it was insane”.