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Federer hails Nadal’s ‘greatest achievement’

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
Federer hails Nadal’s ‘greatest achievement’

Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) after winning their men's singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

‘I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion,’ says Roger Federer

Roger Federer saw Rafael Nadal equal his all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles with a 13th French Open victory on Sunday, October 11, and hailed it as “one of sport’s greatest achievements.”

Nadal demolished Novak Djokovic, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, to add a 13th Roland Garros to his four US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open crown.

“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion,” tweeted Federer, who sat out the tournament to recover from knee surgery.

“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players.

“Therefore it is a true honor for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory.

“It is especially amazing that he has won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times which is one of the greatest achievements in sport.

“I hope the 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us.”

– Rappler.com

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