Former French tennis player Marion Bartoli says the message Roger Federer posted after Rafael Nadal's Australian Open victory was honest and sincere. Nadal and Federer have created the greatest rivarly in tennis history as they have had many great battles.
Off the court, Nadal and Federer have a very good relationship. Last Sunday, Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to break the all-time Grand Slam record. Nadal now has 21 Grand Slams, while Federer and Novak Djokovic come at the second place with 20 Majors.
"The message that Roger posted on Nadal's victory is completely sincere. It's not a show, Roger and Rafa are real friends," Bartoli told RMC Info, as revealed on We Love Tennis.
The message Federer posted after Nadal's victory
“What a match!
To my friend and great rival Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. A few months ago we were joking about both being on crutches. Amazing. Never underestimate a great champion," Federer wrote on his Instagram Story.
“Your incredible work ethic, dedication and fighting spirit are an inspiration to me and countless others around the world. I am proud to share this era with you and honoured to play a role in pushing you to achieve more, as you have done for me for the past 18 years.
I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now enjoy this one!” This week, Federer and Nadal confirmed their participation at this year's Laver Cup. “Rafa is an incredible person and an inspiration to me and countless others around the world.
He messaged me on social media after the Laver Cup in Boston last year suggesting we play doubles in London,” Federer said. “I am definitely up for a Laver Cup ‘Fedal’ comeback!” Federer and Nadal expressed their desire to play doubles at this year's Laver Cup.