Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made history today by equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's 20 Grand Slams. After the conclusion of the match and in front of the whole public, the Balkan remembered his rivals and classified them as legends of this sport: "I have to pay tribute to them for everything they have achieved.
They are legends of our sport, they are the reason for that I am here. They have helped me to realize what I needed to do to improve in all facets of my game," said the Balkan player to the applause of Matteo Berrettini and the entire center court crowd.
Toni Nadal on Roger Federer
In his latest column for El Pais, Toni Nadal weighed in on Roger Federer's defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and what the future holds for the Swiss. The Spaniard believes Federer will soon be back on his feet, and that he hasn't bid farewell to his fans at SW19 just yet.
"When asked by journalists if that had been his last match on the grass in London, Federer did not clear up the unknowns. He expressed his need to value and think, and I think he did well," Toni wrote. Toni then said he hoped Federer would bid goodbye to each of the four Grand Slams properly when the time comes.
"I believe that he, as well as Novak and Rafael, will decide to retire the day they feel they have no chance of victory. When Roger decides that that day has come, hopefully he will do so by saying goodbye one by one and, at least, of the four Grand Slams," Toni wrote.
"Both he and his millions of followers deserve another meeting in which they can dedicate the ovation and tribute to him for all that he has meant for our sport." Many tennis legends congratulated Djokovic after he won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2021.
The really special message came from Roger Federer who has also won 20 Grand Slams in his career. “Congrats Novak on your 20th major. I’m proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions.
Wonderful performance, well done!” tweeted the Swiss Maestro. 11-time Grand Slam champion, Rod Laver, hailed Nole and tweeted that this an amazing achievement for Nole. “Congratulations Novak. Amazing achievement, you are on your way to a Grand Slam. Matteo, you played a fantastic tournament and I have no doubt your time will come,” wrote Laver on Twitter.