Rafael Nadal won his second Australian Open title and a record 21st Grand Slam title after recovering from a two-set deficit against Daniil Medvedev on January 30. He defeated the Russian 2-6, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted over five hours, with both players refusing to give up until the very end.
Roger Federer praised Rafael Nadal for his incredible fighting spirit in his social media post following an enthralling match between the two. Nadal now has the most Grand Slam wins, one ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic after his win in Melbourne Park.
Roger Federer lauds Rafael Nadal on historic 21st Grand Slam triumph
Federer congratulated Rafael Nadal, one of his greatest rivals in history, on his official Instagram account. Federer and Nadal have fought each other 24 times in the finals alone, making it one of the most historic rivalries in tennis history. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head series 14-10.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 30, 2022
In response to Nadal’s historic win, Federer posted a story in which he wrote, “What a match.”. For my friend and great rival Rafael Nadal. I congratulate you on becoming the first person to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. We were joking a few months ago about both being on crutches. Incredible. A true champion should never be undervalued. 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 for the past 18 years, I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now, enjoy this one!”