Roger Federer: "Never underestimate a champion like Rafael Nadal"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 2116
Rafael Nadal has written another page in tennis history, winning the 2022 edition of the Australian Open and climbing to 21 Grand Slam titles, with the other two champions of the caliber of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer now currently standing at 20.
The Spanish tennis player lived two truly incredible weeks in Melbourne: he had arrived there after a rather significant foot injury and the positivity at COVID-19 before leaving for Oceania. The Manacor native has always found the energy to win important games that seemed to get complicated, including with the Canadian Denis Shapovalov and the blue Matteo Berrettini.
The masterpiece in the final with the Russian number 2 in the world Daniil Medvedev, adjusted after being two sets ahead. On the pitch he certainly did not seem the Iberian player of the best times: the king of clay failed many chances during the match, which could have cost him dearly for the run to success.
The native of Moscow put his effort into further lengthening the challenge and keeping alive the hopes of Rafa, who was infallible from this point of view and with great courage did not miss the opportunity to bend all the certainties of the Russian and to come out victorious in the end.
Congratulations from Roger Federer
The compliments were not long in coming this time. Roger Federer immediately turned his thoughts to the Spanish champion after the end of the match, through a story on his Instagram account: "What a match!
To my friend and great rival Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles in singles. A few months ago we were joking that we were both on crutches. Amazing. Never underestimate a great champion.
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 supporting you to achieve more, as you have done for me for the past 18 years.
I'm sure you still have a lot of goals ahead, but for now enjoy this one!" This was the beautiful message from the Swiss to the new Australian Open champion.