Jennifer Brady 'happy' Rafael Nadal got to Grand Slam No. 21 before Novak Djokovic

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Jennifer Brady 'happy' Rafael Nadal got to Grand Slam No. 21 before Novak Djokovic

American tennis star Jennifer Brady reveals she is a big Rafael Nadal fan and she is happy that the Spaniard was the first player to get to a record 21st Grand Slam title. Djokovic won the first three Grand Slams of the 2021 season to tie Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.

Djokovic didn't get a chance to play at this year's Australian Open and Nadal made the most out of it as he won a record 21st Grand Slam. "I know, it's hard to believe. Anybody would have thought that maybe Novak would be the first one to 21 but I am happy it's Rafa, I'm a huge Rafa fan.

I absolutely adore him and he's an idol of mine. So, happy to see that he is in Acapulco, playing," Brady said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

Djokovic on watching the Australian Open

Nadal recovered from two sets down in the Australian Open final to beat Daniil Medvedev.

“It wasn’t easy for me to watch the finals, I had to because of the circumstances at home, although I didn’t want to watch it. My wife and my son were watching. I didn’t see the whole match, we did other things around the house as well.

I was neutral – whoever won, I lost, right? (laughing). I didn’t want to be emotionally involved too much, I wanted to be on the court," Djokovic told RTS. Djokovic kept it respectful when asked if the outcome would have been different with him in the Australian Open draw.

“Nothing in life is guaranteed, but considering everything, I did like my chances in Australia this year. I feel like I’m in my backyard on Rod Laver Arena. Out of respect to Rafael Nadal who won and to all the other players, I don’t dare to say that I would’ve won, but I think I had a good chance," Djokovic said.