Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer showed his class after Rafael Nadal tied his all-time Grand Slam record as he congratulated the Spaniard on winning his 20th Major title. Nadal, seeded at No. 2, handed a straight-set defeat to No.
1 seed Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final to lift his 13th title at Roland Garros and tie Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles. "I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion.
As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players,” Federer wrote on Twitter. “Therefore, it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory”.
Federer praises Nadal's French Open record
"It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest achievements in sport,” Federer wrote. “I also congratulate his team, because nobody can do this alone.
I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it”. Djokovic was impressed by Nadal's performance as he described the scoreline as "stunning." "He (Nadal) keeps going.
No holding him back it seems like. It’s amazing. I mean, I admire all his achievements, I mean, especially the one here. It’s stunning score and results and records that he’s got on this court," Djokovic said, per Max Gao.
"He lost two times in his entire career [here]. Winning 13 times, yeah, there’s not much you can say. All the superlatives you can use, he deserves them." Djokovic was playing lots of drop shots, mixing and trying to break Nadal's rhythm but nothing worked.
"I wanted to kind of disrupt his rhythm, obviously. But he was ready. He was there, he was prepared. He was playing all the right shots today. It’s just one of these days where you have to just say, Chapeau, and well done," Djokovic added.
Some believed this would be the year Djokovic beats Nadal in a French Open final. "I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today," Djokovic admitted.