‘One of the greatest achievements,’ Federer welcomes Nadal into the 20s

Roger Federer lauded Rafael Nadal for winning his 13th French Open title and a 20th major overall

Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer at the 2009 Australian Open

Rafael Nadal’s stunning performance to win his 13th French Open and 20th Grand Slam title drew praise from across the world. His long-time rival Roger Federer paid tribute to the Spaniard, labelling his reign on clay as ‘one of the greatest achievements.’

“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion,” Federer, whose record of most number of Grand Slam titles Nadal equaled on Sunday, tweeted.

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“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players. Therefore, it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory.

“It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest achievements in sport. I also congratulate his team, because nobody can do this alone. I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it.”

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Here’s how the Twitterati reacted to Nadal’s phenomenal achievement: