Following a 5½-hour match with Russian player Daniil Medvedev, Nadal, 35, won the Australian Open and broke his tie with 罗杰·费德勒 和 Novak Djokovic, who both hold 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. (The overall record for singles titles in the Open Era goes to 塞雷娜·威廉姆斯, who has won 23 Grand Slams).
“What a match! To my friend and great rival, @rafaelnadal, heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles,” Federer, 40, wrote on his Instagram Story.
“A few months ago we were joking about both being on crutches. 惊人的. Never underestimate a great champion,” 他继续, referencing their recent injuries. “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 honored to play a role in pushing you to achieve more, as you have done for me the past 18 年. I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now enjoy this one!” concluded the Swiss athlete, who did not compete in the Open as he continues to recover from a knee surgery.
不错过任何一个故事——注册 人们的免费每日通讯 及时了解人们所提供的最好的东西, 从多汁的名人新闻到引人入胜的人类兴趣故事.
Djokovic, 34, also posted on his social media after Nadal’s win, 写作 在推特上, “恭喜你 @RafaelNadal for 21st GS. Amazing achievement. Always impressive fighting spirit that prevailed another time. Enhorabuena @Medwed33 gave it his all out there and played with the passion and determination we have come to expect from him.
Djokovic did not attend the Australian Open, due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19. He had initially received a COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption to play in the tournament, but was later forced to leave the country after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled his visa.
Nadal told reporters that his Australian Open win is “without a doubt probably the biggest comeback of my tennis career,” 根据 ESPN.
“The most unexpected. And most surprising, 我认为, for everyone,” 他加了.
Less than six months before the record-breaking victory, Nadal had withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a foot injury, marking the end of his 2021 career. 他还 missed Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics after a devastating 损失 to Djokovic in the French Open semifinals.
“Tonight has been unforgettable,” he said after Sunday’s match. “I feel very lucky.”